I'm surprised there is no actual review up of this yet and it's been out for some time now. I bought a small sample of this recently and I really like this. Of course there are similarities with this and Avignon and Cardinal. But really if you like those two scents and I own both, you can really put them beside FI to really see if there is a difference, and there are some is what I found.
I really like it still, even though many think it's just too much like Avignon. I have to say this is a liturgical smelling fragrance like Cardinal and Avignon for sure. But Avignon to my nose has that stale old damp cloth smell that FI doesn't, but I do like the damp staleness still but this is still interesting as FI seems more refined and cleaner and doesn't have the smoke quality Avignon does, and Cardinal has a real unique sharp note and lighter and a touch brighter and slightly sparkles and a touch sweeter. To me when I did a side by side of both I found they were all very interesting enough to be different but similar due to the church scent they all have.
All three are different enough that I would buy a bottle of this. But I really love scents that have a catholic church smell or just liturgical, so this will be FB worthy for me. I wouldn't say that it's knock off of Avignon at all but only it really has a liturgical scent of a true catholic church, so this is why people might think this, but I found it was different enough that it could stand on it's own. Obviously this scent may have never been created if Avignon hadn't, well I do think the whole church incense thing that happened a while back obviously had to have had a lot of influence in the creation of this scent.
I think that when they thought about the ingredients they probably had Avignon as a reference, but I think they still managed to make it their own, but I can see how many will think it does smell like Avignon, but remember lots of people said Cardinal was just a Avignon light, but really do a side by side it is very much a liturgical scent but again very unique that it is it's own. I just say if you really love Avignon and Cardinal or just churchy scents this one got it right, and you should give it a try. It is a true church scent. To me FI might be the smell of the vestry room in a church, where all the vestments and robes are kept and other sacred objects as it has this really refined quality that I would compare to this. Cardinal could be the smell within a confessional booth in the church, and that may sound strange, but I went to a lot of catholic mass when I was young, and this is what this smells reminds me of. And well Avignon is the smoke from the incense that the priests burns during mass. So really if you like true church scents all three are great and if your nose can tell the difference like me you should try this scent.
I do wear MdM also but would not compare that as being similar enough to include it with these three or Bois D'Encens either, as both Cardinal and FI both have the Avignon quality to them, and that's why I chose to look at them specifically, as all three do share a similar church scent to them. Another liturgical church scent I would recommend is like the smell of damp rotting church pews or interrior of an old rotting church is L'Artisan D'Humeur A Rien, which is a work of art IMO. Imagiane damp old rotting church pews that have been infused with incense over 100's of years in a decayed old church.