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Gincense (2011)
by Oliver & Co.


Gincense information

Year of Launch2011
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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People and companies

HouseOliver & Co.
PerfumerOliver Valverde

About Gincense

Gincense is a shared / unisex perfume by Oliver & Co.. The scent was launched in 2011 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Oliver Valverde

Reviews of Gincense

I still can't decide if I'm being primed by the name which I imagine represents the ginger and frankincense listed as notes, but what I get is GIN.. something very sharp and herby - just like gin, so I imagine it must be juniper berries. It's got a vaguely sharp fruity plasticky tone I find in a lot of Oliver fragrances, somewhat like a marine note but out of context. There's a sharp chemical and metallic feeling to this note that I don't find completely pleasant, which may be because I've never liked the smell of gin. Once it settles down, it sweetens and deepens a little and I continue to get refreshing gusts from wrists and hair. The sharpness diminishes but still remains with a pine tinge to it, and I don't really get the incense - but I do get a hint of ginger.
19th July, 2017
A pungent, green and balsamic incense scent, quite close to Sugi by Comme des Garçons except for the incense – which however is not that prominent in Gincense - or a less mystical and more "organic" Kyoto by the same house. It also has a quite strong insecticide feel (I guess due to a remarkable dose of citronellol) but is nice the same if you try not to think about that. The green notes are fresh and vibrant, with a load of pepper and a pungent hint of what seems juniper to me, all quite dynamic and realistic. Not the most original around, but pleasant enough, and probably good against insects too. For something similar but (far) more interesting, mature, sophisticated, go Comme des Garçons.

22nd August, 2014
Gincense plays the game of contrasts combining in its recipe several elements hardly associable. It opens (in an utterly compelling way) with a really humid, mineral, slightly camphor veined, partially culinary, herbal/rooty (i feel a sort of rosemary/oregano/orris root/juniper berries feel) and slightly fizzy rush of aromatic herbs, splashing spices (probably ginger, artemisia, may be fennel and laurel together give out this effect) and undistinguished floral leaves. The latter project in the central phase a more herbal/rooty than properly floral effect, together with something slightly medicinal almost disinfectant in perception may be produced by the yet emerging frankincense in its interaction with spices infusion and rising marine notes. The herbal/lymphatic marine vibe is anyway really dominant in the central far less interesting phase. I start indeed to detect a salty vegetal diffused temperament which is probably the main theme of the experimental aroma as flanked by a liquid incensey "dust" which gradually fades and leaves the stage to a salty/marine (oregano "flavoured") faint woodiness (olibanum veined) anything but dense or sacramental. In this phase the aroma is slightly linear and less interesting for sure. A decent experimental marine concoction with a good duration and a medium sillage.
30th December, 2013 (last edited: 08th January, 2014)

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