Zagorsk fragrance notes: white incense, pine, pimento berries, violet, cedar, iris, hinoki wood, birch wood
Sometimes the image and the concept of a scent can be so captivating that I buy into it, and fail to apply a fully discerning scrutiny to the scent in question. Sometimes the elements are so idiosyncratic that it takes me a while to comprehend them and fit them into a larger conceptual structure. Such is the case with Zagorsk. I loved the mystique of the isolated Russian Orthodox chapel, the lingering trail of incense, the old pews redolent of sweat and devotion, the long trek into the deserted chapel in the dead of winter, crunching through the snow... And earlier reviews reflected that mystique.
Folks, this is a birch-tar prominent scent. Pure and simple. At least that is how it lands on my skin. So, if you like birch tar then you will like this. Smoky, woody-leathery, substantial, assertive. Cuire de Russie and all that sort of thing. It is a very elegant, restrained birch tar. But a thousand gongs of birch tar can only be so subtle, even given the best and most intelligent treatment.
Perhaps it has all those above romantic elements in the background. Allow them to develop in your mind. But be aware of the realities of scent before you.
The birch and violet work together quite well, especially in the opening salvo. The violet is violet leaf, herbaceous and silvery-cool. Along with the smoky birch note, the effect is very dry, cool, masculine. Grey Flannel or Declaration on steroids.
My usual caveat -- the conifers could be more prominent.
Definitely the most distinctive of the CdG Incense line. Check it out, but be aware of the heavy hitters here.
Our perfume who art in nostrils, hallowed be thy scent, lead us not into isoquinolines, but deliver us from birch tar!