I recently obtained a small bottle of Angelique Encens (Creed)and Chergui (Serge Lutens), and I was astonished to see some similarities between them. When I first smelled Chergui, I had an impression that it roughly smelled like Shalimar + tobac note (I know it should be very different microscopically). As I like Shalimar, I got to love Chergui as I took it as a masculine interpretation of Shalimar. For some unknown reasons, I happened to get a small decant of Angelique Encence (Creed) as well. Its top is distinctively strong, isn't it? As the name "encens" says, it's very incensy smokey (wow!). But what was interesting was, in 30 minutes or so, this incense smokes dissipate, and there remains what appears to be the familiar "Shalimar + tobac" note, therefore Chergui! Do these belong to the same nose? Anyway, this was the surprise of the day for me....

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