No, just NO!
I tried a sample of this in bed last night and regretted it straight away. It is a joyless, piney/incense thing that made me feel instantly nauseous. I am afraid I can't imagine a scenario where I would be glad to wear it and it is as far removed from sensuous as it is possible to be.
I tried this again in the open air (as opposed to under the bed cover!) and it smells much more acceptable. It has a festive, pine forest vibe and lasts well. Give it lots of cold air and it blooms.
18th December, 2016 (last edited: 19th December, 2016)
Encens Flamboyant is gorgeous! It smells exactly like spicy church incense; and also reminds me very much of Gucci Pour Homme; though where I find the Gucci cloying and too heavy, Encens Flamboyant is perfect. It's no less strong than the Gucci, but it's slightly lighter and definitely more elegant.
Perfect for cold weather; I think it would be too heavy for summer.
On me this scent is nothing like what I expected. I was expecting some church like incense, but alas like Colin Maillard excellent notes, I was reminded of old lady. I got a bit of resin or balsamic herb just at first but then a dark old dusty herb like perfume. Way too little incense or maybe incense that has been stored in a drawer for 40 years. Much prefer the sample of Goutal Ambre Fetiche.
Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant, namely an extremely dark take on smoky/burnt resins. Spicy, rubbery-leathery, enigmatic. Completely "deprived of sweetness" on my skin. This juice conjures me vaguely the moldy-smoky-peaty "aroma" of mexican Mezcal. Ideally something in the middle between Norma Kamali Incense, Armani Prive Bois d'Encens and Tom Ford Bois Marocain. The aroma of ash and toasted woods in a mountain campfire under a dark appalling moon. Superb.
This one is very nice. An incense which has a lot of "forest" type notes. I can pick up birch wood and fir balsam and a host of other notes. This really reminds me of the very good incense perfumes I've smelled before. I really enjoy it. I have enjoyed many of the perfumes in the Les Oreintalistes series from Annick Goutal. This one is no exception. Recommended for lovers of incense fragrances.