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Frankincense & Myrrh (1984)
by Czech & Speake

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Frankincense & Myrrh information

Year of Launch1984
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 154 votes)

People and companies

HouseCzech & Speake
PerfumerShirley Brody

About Frankincense & Myrrh

Frankincense & Myrrh is a shared / unisex perfume by Czech & Speake. The scent was launched in 1984 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Shirley Brody

Frankincense & Myrrh fragrance notes

Reviews of Frankincense & Myrrh

Frankincense and Myrrh will be a disappointment for anyone looking for either frankincense or myrrh. It doesn't have much of either, very little in fact. It is rather a gentle, soapy aromatic masculine fragrance accentuated by these two notes. There is a fleeting and subtle citrus opening along with lavender. The lavender is soon paired with light frankincense. This is followed by the fragrance getting woodier and ever so slightly creamy from the woods. The soapy freshness is present throughout. Unfortunately, it perfoms a disappearing act very quickly - low sillage and low to average longevity on skin.

I would have loved a more substantial rendition of the same theme - a soapy traditional aromatic masculine accentuated by incense. It has pitfalls similar to a few other Czech and Speake fragrances I have sampled - not bad, but thinness of body and absence of any compelling factor in the scent profile.

2.5/5
01st July, 2017
gimpy Show all reviews
United States
The vintage F&M opens with a minty lemon and basil opening (slightly medicinal), and if I take a deep whiff I am reminded of SMN's Potpourri.

After this the frankincense and powdery myrrh take over. At this stage it becomes more resinous, oily and herbal. The fragrance fades out from here.

Great English gothic scent, but more polite than vintage No. 88.
23rd January, 2015
A totally respectful and honest British-Oriental classy cologne. Vibrant, dense, resinous and balsamic olibanum, rich and aromatic, with nuances ranging from woody (sandalwood) to spicy (cumin) to zesty (citrus) and to ambery. I also detect a light but warm and tasty floral accord, perhaps comprising lavender and carnation. The name (I do love those self-explanatory names!) quite fits the scent, you can imagine how it can smell like, and Czech & Speake as usual won't disappoint you, with their classic sense of elegance and their rigorous care for quality. On the very base lies a subtle, warm accord of amber and oak moss, gentle and restrained, providing just the right amount of Oriental earthiness. Among nowadays incense scents, which are sadly too often just an overdose of Iso E, this one makes some remarkable efforts to "elaborate" the theme, delivering a mystical, dense, colourful and multi-faceted olibanum-resinous accord (not implying it does not contain aromachemicals, but at least it does not smell like something any of us can make at home with a starter's kit from Perfumer's Apprentice). Honest, cozy, fascinating and refined!

7,5-8/10

Edit: my review is based on the current version, which is the pale shadow of the spicy lavender-myrrh bomb Frankincense & Myrrh once was (you can still find the vintage bottles here and there).
25th June, 2014 (last edited: 21st August, 2015)
Frankincense is the staple note in most of the "incense" fragrances I've tried. That other biblical luxury, myrrh, is something I come across much less often. It appears perhaps most famously in Serge Lutens's excellent La Myrrhe, where it is set in the context of a bright, crisp, aldehydic floral-oriental. Czech & Speake's Frankincense & Myrrh casts it's two leads in a much simpler bubbly-sweet citrus eau de Cologne formula. As a result, the incense ingredients throw aside their accustomed gothic austerity and take on lively supporting roles in a fundamentally sunny, cheerful composition. The idea woks well in that the myrrh's inherent astringency adds a layer of nuance to the citrus accord, while the frankincense extends the life of the scent far beyond that of the traditional eau de Cologne formula.

If there's a downside to all the resultant good cheer, it's that the scent comes off as a bit simplistic. When the incense sheds its goth trappings it leaves its mystery behind as well, and smelling Frankincense & Myrrh reminds me that it's the air of awe and remoteness that makes other incense fragrances like Dzongkha, Jubilation XXV, and Zagorsk so compelling to me. So while it's unquestionably well-made and attractive, Frankincense & Myrrh also winds up being just a little bit dull.
14th June, 2014
Marais Show all reviews
United Kingdom
East meets West, before the oud craze

This is as much about minty lavender as the headline notes, which makes it fresher than you might expect; quite clean and a little soapy. It's relatively light and dry for an oriental, making it wearable in warm weather. It stays close to skin but longevity is good. An ideal office-safe slightly exotic choice.

The C&S bottles have unusual sprayers, giving a short, sharp burst, of low volume. 8 sprays last 8 hours. A total pleasure from start to finish and, unlike many a niche incense, a very easy wear.

Pros: Versatile
Cons: May not meet outlandish expectations based on the name and box imagery"

05th August, 2013
There is an unfussy style of singing often adopted by singers with plain voices that is referred to as 'artless'. It allows the audience to overlook their rather limited gift and concentrate on the song itself. Doesn't always work.
C&S seem to adopt this approach to this pretty unadorned frankincense and myrrh (well, it *did* say that on the tin, I will concede) combo. There's citrus and herbs to keep it light and counter the warmth of the two main players, and there's cedar which gives a medicine chest vibe, but all in all this is too close to essential oil territory for me to take seriously as perfume. Others may enjoy its naturalness.
28th June, 2012

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