Norma Kamali Incense
    by Norma Kamali

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    rynegne's avatar
    United States United States

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    This is the epitome of a great incense fragrance. Norma Kamali Incense is other worldly and it's an absolute shame that it's been discontinued.

    Top notes are brash combination of dry/cut wood and almost a pine tar/turpentine smell that subsides over quite some time and give way to a wonderful semi-sweet labdanum/frankincense/myrrh combination. NK is atomic in terms of both projection...longevity and sillage with day long staying power. Not for the faint of heart, but for every true lover of incense fragrances.

    18 February, 2014

    Akahina's avatar
    United States United States

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    best incense perfume period

    My shortest review ever.

    Straight up frankensense and myrrh. Lasts 24 hours plus. Great projection. Pretty linear but who cares with this beauty? Simultaneously dry, smoky and a touch sweet. One drop is all you need. If there is a holy grail, this may be it.

    Pros: long lasting and powerful
    Cons: almost impossible to find"

    25 October, 2013

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    The holy grail of incense perfumery

    This review is based upon the recently discovered 1982 vintage cask.??

    This is a very strong, breath-takingly bone dry incense that deploys minimalism to great effect. Rather than simply reproducing a wearable incense scent ą la Avignon, Kamali captures a true aesthetic head-space that might be described as a cold, stone room that hasn't seen the light of day for years. It's dark and extremely musty with the prominent copal note that makes this smell more like the ashy remains of incense rather than a fresh, unlit batch.??

    This is not an interpretation of "fragrant" incense like you might find in the CdG line or Sahara Noir; instead, it's highly mimetic: tarry, waxy, and deep. There's nothing like this out there, and a tiny amount is all that this perfume requires to achieve its effects for an entire day. Just don't expect anything pretty -- this is more of a challenge than you might think.

    ??But in that respect, it's a work of art.

    Pros: Intensely mimetic recreation of church incense. Deep, beautiful, powerful.
    Cons: Intensely mimetic and therefore somewhat linear and cold.

    24 June, 2013

    alfarom's avatar
    Italy Italy

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    A minimalistic, straight ahead frankincense/myrrh concoction. Smoky, extremely dry and incredibly realistic church incense enriched by other biblical resins. If you're into stuff a-lą Avignon and Bois D'Encens but you need some extra sillage, you can't miss this one. Possibly among the most powerful on the market..No frills.

    Downside: Because of its extremely realistic reproduction of smoky lithurgical incense, it may result a bit too linear and sort of crude. Me? I'm sold.

    18 March, 2012

    Bagfish's avatar
    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    This is quite, quite amazing. On first dabbing on (I swapped for a very little of this, so want to make it last) it smells *hot*, like burning or hot ashes. It is almost slightly unpleasant for the first few minutes. BUT it dries down and cools down a bit and after 20 minutes or so, a beautiful incense (frankincense) smell wafts from my skin.

    When I put my nose to my wrist, the hot smell is still there and it is one of those perfumes that you don't want to be sniffing up close. But the wafting power is fantastic. Norma Kamali's Incense is just what I want an incense scent to be. Its a shame that it doesn't appear to be available in the UK.

    22 June, 2011

    Darvant's avatar
    Italy Italy

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    Spiritual frankincense exhaling from the burning basins placed inside the japanese temples. Relaxing and haunting at once. Unlike the deliciously cold and impersonal Black Tourmaline, this one owns also an hint of warmth that, overcoming the yet present cool-aromatic woodsy feel, links the fragrance to the element of fire. A pharmaceutical spicy starting, pushed up by cloves and cinnamon, preludes to a dry smoky explosion of incense sweetened and tamed in its acridness by an infusion of myrrh and labdanum in order to impress a touch of smoothness in the middle of the  drought. Norma Kamali Incense, the endless enigma of burning incense coming from the hell in the middle of the earth.

    17 April, 2011

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