Incenso by i Profumi di Firenze

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  1. odysseusm
    A very dry scent, which is pleasing to me. Woody frankincense: coniferous, green, energetic, even a bit rubbery (in a pleasant way). The wood persists and develops into a balsamic note in the dry-down. This is largely a soliflore (single-note) scent in style. Resinous, a bit smoky, lean and austere. It is an EdP.
  2. odysseusm
    Notes gathered from various Italian and English sites:
    Frankincense, cinnamon, spikenard, myrrh, wood (oak or pine), smoke.
  3. odysseusm
    Green, very resinous and terpene. A true frankincense.
    Dry, austere, simple in style yet enjoyable.
  4. odysseusm
    Hmm, this will be an interesting comparison to today's Aesop Mystra.
  5. odysseusm
    It is interesting to compare this to a similar scent, Aesop's Mystra. Like that one, iPdF's Incenso is very dry, green and resinous. It has a high frankincense content and is more coniferous in style. Bone-dry. Hint of peppery spice and a woody undertone. There is also a distinctly dusky, hay-like herbal note not found in Mystra. It is a bit like tarragon. Both are excellent scents, I certainly am enjoying Incenso today.
    I think this is not generally available in North America. I had to place a special order with the company to obtain it.
  6. odysseusm
    This is a dry, green, resinous frankincense. Austere. Hints of wood. Conveys the atmosphere of an old church with polished wooden pews and vestiges of incense hanging in the air.
  7. odysseusm
    'Tis the season to consider frankincense scents. Comments tomorrow.
  8. odysseusm
    This continues to be a very dry, resinous (even terpenic) frankincense with wood tones. Austere and beautiful.
  9. odysseusm
    In my imagination, the holiday season is not only about Christmas trees but also the incense scent which lingers in old sanctuaries. So, time to re-visit this old friend, tomorrow.
  10. odysseusm
    Dry, green and resinous. Austere in tone. A superb incense scent, profiling frankincense very well. Hints of wood throughout. The spikenard gives a powerful, hay-like and slightly musky tone. I didn't know much about spikenard, so off to wikipedia for some information...
    "Spikenard, also called nard, nardin, and muskroot, is a class of aromatic amber-colored essential oil derived from Nardostachys jatamansi, a flowering plant of the valerian family which grows in the Himalayas of Nepal, China, and India. The oil has been used over centuries as a perfume, a traditional medicine, or in religious ceremonies across a wide territory from India to Europe.
    The oil was known in ancient times and was part of the Ayurvedic herbal tradition of India. It was obtained as a luxury item in ancient Egypt and the Near East. In Rome, it was the main ingredient of the perfume nardinum (O.L. náladam), derived from the Hebrew שבלת נֵרד ( shebolet nerd, head of nard bunch), an element in the consecrated incense described in the Hebrew Bible and Talmud. It was offered on the specialized incense altar in the First and Second Jerusalem Temples. It is mentioned twice in the Song of Solomon (1:12 and 4:13). Hispanic traditions within the Roman Catholic Church iconography use spikenard to represent Saint Joseph."
    The association with Joseph makes it appropriate to the season.
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