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    I for one would be very interested if someone was doing a split. And many of the ingredients you mention are among my most-loved.

    Quote Originally Posted by purplebird7
    I have always wanted to buy a sample of all the different kinds of items from that site. Look at those perfume ingredients: benzoin, aloeswood, amber, labdanum, styrax, galbanum, myrrh, olibanum, peru balsam, sandalwood, opoponax. It's a great opportunity to smell the real thing. Plus frankincense and myrrh from various countries, copal, mastic, other resins. Not to mention the "herb" category: oakmoss, ambrette seeds, patchouli, tonka.

    The unit price is low. However, by the time I order all of the above, the price climbs to well over $150. If I split an order, it would cause the amount of 1 oz. per item to be divided by the number of people who want to split.

    Is there anyone interested in doing this? People who want to grind and tincture the real ingredients?

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    DSH's Cathedral - bergamot, oppoponax, frankincense and myrrh

    Sonoma Scent Studio - Sanctuary pour Femme - smoke and myrrh, some bergamot - very subtle. Wearing this today to have dindin with Boss Lady who is ex-Orthodox (Russian) and a stern critic. Will report!

    These are great experiments for cold weather!! :bounce:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taolady
    Sanctuary pour Femme[/COLOR][/SIZE] - smoke and myrrh, some bergamot - very subtle. Wearing this today to have dindin with Boss Lady who is ex-Orthodox (Russian) and a stern critic. Will report!
    Great idea. Tactical warfare.

    kasae, I'll PM you and we can discuss. Elf, you too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaelynn
    Just as a trivial aside, the scented rose, jasmine, etc,. stuff is usually made by blending powdered frankincense resin (can be purchased in big bulk bags) with fragrance oils which also act as a binder. then sthe stuff is rolled into long ropes and cut into small chunks and then dried somewhat. The powder is a very fine kaolin or bentonite type clay that coats the chunks to keep them from sticking together and becoming a gooey mess if they become warm.
    The frankincense powder is a uniform processed creamy color in the bag so that it one reason this type of incense is as light as it is.
    This is my understanding as well. It's not an inferior quality product, just a product that is further scented with essential oils. They do smell good.
    But preferences what they are I like the black...

    Purplebird,
    wish I had some specific brand name or official name to help you along. I am betting myrrh and even more farnkincense are the closest to what I am smelling in this particular type.
    There is this, which I think is it:
    http://www.greekshops.com/Food_and_C...=AOMOSX&ug=137

    PMed you, in any case.

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    They show a packaged product, so I cannot see what color it is.
    The title says "Mosxolibano" which sounds like oliban.
    Yes, I bet the dark incense you smell is myrrh. Here in the U.S. the churches prefer frankincense. I like frankincense, oliban and myrrh.

    The strangest Greek resin aroma is mastica. It is the resin of a Greek pistachio nut tree. The older ladies who came here from Greece used to tie it in a cloth sachet bag and carry it in their purses. They also used it in cookies as a spice. It is supposed to be a digestive aid. The strange thing is, it smells musty. Very strong, too. My mother hated it when they served us cookies, and it was in there, and she had to eat them to be polite.

    It is a similar "acquired taste" such as asofoetida, which the Indians use in cooking. Very peculiar smell and taste. Also fenugreek powder, which is bitter.

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    Never one to let go of a topic....! Samples, including Zagorsk, the fifth of CdeG's "Incense" series, arrived last week and today I am trying this one - a month after Avignon, the first!!

    Funny thing - with both, the opening note was pickle juice! (But then, for me, the opening note of some roses is fish! Go figure. :bounce Only lasts a few seconds and then settles into a seaside-ish, dry frankincense. Very evocative - but of the two I prefer Avignon because it has huskier, more guttural voice.

    I've learned a lot - pursuing this thread. Many thanks to all you contributors!
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    BLACK CASHMERE!!!!Definately! When I first wore this my friend said"Hmmmm..you smell like a Greek priest"!!He fell in love with this scent..As a child he was an altar boy in the Greek Orthodox Church..So it most definately stuck a sensitive note in him!!He LOVES Black Cashmere.

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    I went ahead and ordered some of the incense from Greek.com. I will do a full review in a few weeks when I receive it! This thread has got me interested in making kapet/kyphi, as well. Why not go way back in time to the Egyptians, yes? I don't think anyone has made a perfume based on kyphi, though, which is too bad. Honey, raisins, sandalwood, spices, galangal, frankincense, red wine. I'll let you know how mine turns out. My son is going to help me, and we'll make it part of his project for the science fair (archeology section).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elf
    I went ahead and ordered some of the incense from Greek.com. I will do a full review in a few weeks when I receive it! This thread has got me interested in making kapet/kyphi, as well. Why not go way back in time to the Egyptians, yes? I don't think anyone has made a perfume based on kyphi, though, which is too bad. Honey, raisins, sandalwood, spices, galangal, frankincense, red wine. I'll let you know how mine turns out. My son is going to help me, and we'll make it part of his project for the science fair (archeology section).
    Yo! Elf!! Way to go!!

    Your project sounds fascinating and I for one am so happy you are undertaking it. I agree totally that a trip back in time is long called for - after all, perfume didn't spring full blown from the forehead of the French parfumeurs! (To mix several metaphors.)

    You going to report here or start a new thread?

    Either way, we'll be cheering you on! :bounce:
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    Elf, that's awesome!
    What a fabulous idea. May I steal it when my son gets to the Science Fair age?
    That is so cool. The project will get all high marks for originality. I hope he wins!
    You could even make a fake ancient Egyptian container out of clay, inscribe hieroglyphics, and paint it with gold leaf.

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    Great ideas! And for all of us who attempt kyphi, or Roman incense, or Mesopotamian, or whatever, we must set some aside to swap with other members who are doing the same. Of course, if they're opened by the post office, oh dear...I guess we'd have to enclose an explanation with the little plastic envelopes of weird, fragrant powders!

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    I order my incense from Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV.

    I'm a Reader in the Antiochian Orthodox Church, btw.

    I'm all for Floris Lavender. Smells exactly like the Tsarina's Lavender we use for liturgy.

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    If you are reading in a church full of incense, you don't want to smell like the incense, but something that is complimentary. I saw your post asking for suggestions on the other board, Texican, so thought I'd throw that in.

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    I am sure CDG Avignon has been mentioned already. If not, there you are.

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    I've only been into an orthodox church once, and I remember how great it smelled!

    Bravo on this thread!

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    My eau de parfum MONK, incensy, but with notes of linden blossom and cocoa. Ummmm.
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    Just found this old thread and had to jump in. The sample of Les Néréides' Impérial Opoponax that I recently got from Kyra is VERY Byzantine in nature -- almost pure sweet myrrh. This secularist keeps looking around for an ikonostasis and a bearded priest in a kamilavka every time he dons this gorgeous, rich, positively enrobing frag. I'm still anxious to try Zagorsk, yes, but really just had to post right now to sing Impérial Opoponax's praises.
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