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parfums*PARFUMS Series 3 Incense: Zagorsk (2002)
by Comme des Garçons

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Year of Launch2002
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 277 votes)

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HouseComme des Garçons
PerfumerEvelyne Boulanger

About parfums*PARFUMS Series 3 Incense: Zagorsk

parfums*PARFUMS Series 3 Incense: Zagorsk is a shared / unisex perfume by Comme des Garçons. The scent was launched in 2002 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Evelyne Boulanger

parfums*PARFUMS Series 3 Incense: Zagorsk fragrance notes

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In the quest for the perfect incense fragrance, Zagorsk often gets recommended.

The raw, lemony-smokey incense that most people in Western countries are used to (Avignon, Sahara Noir) is not to be found in Zagorsk. Instead, a pine-like, cold, crisp, resinous (almost powdery) accord is what Zagorsk offers, which is quite accurately described by the accompanying marketing. The scent is supposed to immitate a snow-covered Russian Monastery in the city of the same name. It remains quite linear throughout and develops little to my nose.

The Russian-style incense is totally justified in my opinion, so most Orthodox people might feel at home with this scent. But this is no 'one size fits all' incense. However, it may well be one of the most appropriate cold-weather scent in a long time: one that is zero sweet and a million miles from oriental ambers or ouds.

Comme des Garcons should be praised for their objective to create a fragrance for each of the world's largest religions, although I wouldn't associate Russian Orthodox with everything Orthodox Christian. That said, this scent is one of the closest things a fragrance can get to without actually burning anything. Therefore, it gets the thumbs up from me.

Other similar scents to check out might be Polo RL for the pine note (although quite different to Zagorsk) and Amouage Jubilation XXV and Breath of God by LUSH for incense in general.
08th November, 2018
Landscape at Krumau by Egon Schiele 1916
03rd April, 2018
Zagorsk doesn't read like an incense fragrance to me. The overall effect of it is more like a fougere - that chilly, aromatic character that so often characterises fragrances for men. But being based in incense it has a lot more heft and staying power than the average fougere, and the tension between the faint sense of incense in the background and the pin-sharp frigidity it actually projects is (for me at least) rather delightful. I think if I needed a fragrance for professional contexts I'd pick this one - it nicely encapsulates the concept of a broadminded, hippyish personality whose life experience would give the CEO a heart attack, but stuffed into a suit and paying lip service to being normal.
17th December, 2017
Georgeous - Love the Snowy, Fir, Moody, vibe from this one. Check this.

https://youtu.be/t2eE7Tv5jyA

14th December, 2017
An overused base accord of musk, musk, and more musk, topped with sweet, shortlived incense. Boring scrubber.
05th July, 2017
I tried this as part of a Perfumed Court Russian sample pack. It genuinely smells like an old church in the winter time, with incense that is strangely 'cold'. I can't imagine actually wearing it, but if you're into the concept of fragrance as signifier of time and place, it has Orthodox church written all over it (It makes me want to re-watch Goldeneye).
06th December, 2015

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