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    Recently I got a chance to sample Kyoto by CdG, which is an incense-based scent, and absolutely loved it. I have absolutely nothing like it in my wardrobe, and was wondering, what other incense fragrances would you recommend trying before making a purchase?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domer04 View Post
    Recently I got a chance to sample Kyoto by CdG, which is an incense-based scent, and absolutely loved it. I have absolutely nothing like it in my wardrobe, and was wondering, what other incense fragrances would you recommend trying before making a purchase?
    You should also try the other three from CdG Series 3. I must too, as I love Avignon which is the only one I have sampled so far.
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    LV's Incensi is wonderful in my opinion !!!

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    Yeah, LVC Incensi is divine, though the vibe is quite different from the CdGs. More cinnamon-christmassy.

    Another you have got to try is Vendetta pour homme by Valentino. It's discontinued, but easily available through ebay. Madness. One of the best (incense) frags ever.

    Tam Dao has a very strong incense note, mixed with cedar and sandalwood.

    Messe de Minuit by Etro is a sweet incense - contains cinnamon. In fact the impression is one of eating cinnamon roles in an ancient, dusty crypt. Quirky. I like it.

    DSH Sandalo Inspiritu is a complex blend with a distinct, beautiful incense note, but it is not primary.

    And how about C&S Frankincense&Myrrh. Don't know it, but judging from the other C&S's this will have character, for sure.
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    there's also

    Creed's Angelique Encens
    Serge Lutens Encens et Lavande
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    Armani's Privé Bois d'Encens

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    Gucci pour homme and CDG 2 Man are also very nice. Some say the CDG is a rip-off of Gucci ph, but I disagree. For me, if anything, it's Gucci ph done right.

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    I guess the ultimate incense scent would be Norma Kamali Incense.
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    If you like Kyoto - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE try the other scents in the Incense series scents. They truly capture the smoke, scents and vibe of incense in all of its varieties.

    There's actually a total of 5 of them, besides Kyoto: Jaisalmer, Ourazate, Avignon and Zagorsk.

    I own Kyoto and Jaisalmer - but almost everyone I know raves about Avignon (this will be my next purchase)

    Also, if you can find it, try Chaos by Donna Karan (it's been discontinued) my scent of the day today.

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    Norma Kamali Incense.
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    I just put a little of M7 on my finger and I do not know of thr drydown but I smelled INCENSE right away, I mean right off the bat! lol

    I might actually just do a little on the inner elbow with M7 sometime soon, I dont know if I'm too crazy about that scent to put it all over the pulse spots.

    Definately incense.

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    I didn't have much luck with Kyoto. I had high hopes but turned out rather ordinary on me.

    My favorite with incense is Rien by Etat Libre d'Orange.

    Strong, Long lasting, Great Sillage and a scent to remember.

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    Just about anything from Ava Luxe is very much in the way of incense.


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    MIchel Germain's Sexual is a good one for incense. Intense incense!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    If you like Kyoto - PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE try the other scents in the Incense series scents. They truly capture the smoke, scents and vibe of incense in all of its varieties.
    That's great advice.

    My favorite in that series is Zagorsk. It has a greater degree of uniqueness than the others, IMO. Avignon is very good too, notable frankincense. Kyoto is also appealing, but kind of similar to Gucci pH.

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    Incense - its such a great fragrance note that brings out the essence of our search. The absolute best place to start for incense fragrance is Commes De Garcon Incense Series. AVIGNON is my favorite but is the most severe, outstanding! KYOTO is light but always excellent. OUARZATE is probably next in personality with much more spice. ZAGORSK is a very severe piny incense, but good for a spartan attitude adjustment. Others in the CdG line that are all about incense but are listed in other categories are: PALISANDER - deep wood with rich spice notes, SEQUOIA - sweet and boozy but with a warming redwood note, CINNAMON - dry woody cinnamon with light incense finish.

    Other incenses worth trying are- ARMANI PRIVE BOIS D'ENCENS - A frankincense and resin type incense with deep body. DIPTYQUE - EAU D'TROIS a pine based incense with a soft drydown. ETRO - MESSE DE MENUIT - a deep fruit incense + dry wood notes, very mysterious.

    L' ARTISAN PERFUMER has a variety of fragrances that are strong incense category. These are: DZONKA - dry pine (similar to CdG Zagorsk), TIMBUKTU - spicy and fruitbasket but with a nice incense drydown similar to Kyoto. PASSAGE D'ENFER (transl. the road to hell!?) warm incense plus lilly with animalic musk note in the drydown.

    Of all of these my personal favorites are CdG Avignon, Armani Bois D' Incens, CdG Kyoto and CdG Palisander. When I really want to add some mystery I will sample the Etro Messe De Menuit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzlepuff View Post
    Incense - its such a great fragrance note that brings out the essence of our search. The absolute best place to start for incense fragrance is Commes De Garcon Incense Series. AVIGNON is my favorite but is the most severe, outstanding! KYOTO is....

    Other incenses worth trying are- ARMANI PRIVE BOIS D'ENCENS - A frankincense and resin type incense with deep body....

    L' ARTISAN PERFUMER has a variety of fragrances that are strong incense category....Of all of these my personal favorites are.....
    Wow - that more ore less sums it all up ! I am impressed by this grand debut. Welcome Buzzlepuff - we hope you like it here, and look forward to reading more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzlepuff View Post
    Incense - its such a great fragrance note that brings out the essence of our search. The absolute best place to start for incense fragrance is Commes De Garcon Incense Series. AVIGNON is my favorite but is the most severe, outstanding! KYOTO is light but always excellent. OUARZATE is probably next in personality with much more spice. ZAGORSK is a very severe piny incense, but good for a spartan attitude adjustment. Others in the CdG line that are all about incense but are listed in other categories are: PALISANDER - deep wood with rich spice notes, SEQUOIA - sweet and boozy but with a warming redwood note, CINNAMON - dry woody cinnamon with light incense finish.

    Other incenses worth trying are- ARMANI PRIVE BOIS D'ENCENS - A frankincense and resin type incense with deep body. DIPTYQUE - EAU D'TROIS a pine based incense with a soft drydown. ETRO - MESSE DE MENUIT - a deep fruit incense + dry wood notes, very mysterious.

    L' ARTISAN PERFUMER has a variety of fragrances that are strong incense category. These are: DZONKA - dry pine (similar to CdG Zagorsk), TIMBUKTU - spicy and fruitbasket but with a nice incense drydown similar to Kyoto. PASSAGE D'ENFER (transl. the road to hell!?) warm incense plus lilly with animalic musk note in the drydown.

    Of all of these my personal favorites are CdG Avignon, Armani Bois D' Incens, CdG Kyoto and CdG Palisander. When I really want to add some mystery I will sample the Etro Messe De Menuit.

    I'm with narcus, this was an extremely helpful reply, thanks a bunch! And thanks to the rest of you who posted as well, I have a lot of testing to do...

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