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    Default Norma Kamali Incense

    this stuff is so extreme I am calling it the monster that needs to be kept in the basement. it's more like CdG Tar or SMN Marecialla than any of the CdG Incenses, think le labo patchouli only much more extreme: fearful perfume power. the reviews on MUA are more colorful than the ones here "a bonfire with tires thrown in" and "I am surprised that this doesn't have any sulfur and/or rotting flesh/leather notes. If it did have those notes this would be exactly what I imagine hell smells like. This isn't Church insence, this is hell's flames." it's defnitely dangerous and for me probably never to be worn alone without layering, but it's really good for adding some kick to other things. . .

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    Wow, this has been on my "to try" list for quite a while. I think this will push me to try it out now ASAP. It sounds really good, hope it doesn't disappoint.

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    There is nothing like this anywhere and I mean nothing. I rarely, if ever, wear it on its own. But the times I've tried layering it, even the smallest amount overpowered anything I tried.

    All that said, I love this monster.

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    The image I always get when I wear Incense, is one of being trapped in a wood closet, the doors shut, with some burning, ash-y incense. I also think it reminds me of the smell of crushed nut shells - you know when you crack whole nuts and you have to peel the shell and all of those inner pieces of resinous woods between the pieces of nut inside - that smell.

    I love layering it with white whimpy florals. It pretty much eats those scents for lunch and really all you can smell is the Incense with the florals toned down way underneath.

    I think it was Pluran who mentioned that this scent after a while becomes too tenacious and prominent, you almost wish it would go away. That's why I can only apply a small drop or two when I wear it. DO NOT SPRAY this one on guys.
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    I wonder what Luca has to say about this one.

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    Giorgio Armani's Incense in His Prive Line is a strong Incense fragrance but very nice....the way that You explain this makes Armani's Prive sound tame.
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    it is indeed. and I know my 100 ml bottle will last more than my lifetime, even 1/2 oz would probably be enough to outlast me!!!

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    Default Re: Norma Kamali Incense

    Quote Originally Posted by G.303 View Post
    Giorgio Armani's Incense in His Prive Line is a strong Incense fragrance but very nice....the way that You explain this makes Armani's Prive sound tame.
    Gary
    Bois de Encens is nice and tame in comparison to Norma Kamali. To make NK incense wearable layer with Norma Kamali Perfume.

    nsamadi - get a sample of NK Perfume if you get one of incense. Delightful combo. read a little more about this practice at beautyhabit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thebeck View Post
    nsamadi - get a sample of NK Perfume if you get one of incense. Delightful combo. read a little more about this practice at beautyhabit.
    Thanks, I'll take it into consideration and took a peak at BH. I'm getting a sample of NK incense soon, and I'll see how it goes. I normally like wearing a scent on its own, even if it's very linear. I'm not a huge fan of layering, but we'll see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsamadi View Post
    Thanks, I'll take it into consideration and took a peak at BH. I'm getting a sample of NK incense soon, and I'll see how it goes. I normally like wearing a scent on its own, even if it's very linear. I'm not a huge fan of layering, but we'll see.
    I never layer. I prefer to wear them as they come out of the bottle. This is the only exception for me because Norma Kamali Incense is so nice, but unwearable for my personal taste, I've made an exception to my non layering practice. I like 3 sprays on Incense and 1 spray of Perfume. Just that little bit changes it that much. Have fun playing around.

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    Default Re: Norma Kamali Incense

    Hours after I put it on the first time, i woke up--in the dead of night--smelling smoke, thinking SMOKE! Why hasn't the smoke detector gone off?1 I threw off the covers and as I got out of bed and became more fully awake realized it was the Norma Kamali Incense.
    That said, its a fresh campfire smell that I really like. Reminds me of backpacking in the Texas Hill Country.

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    Default Re: Norma Kamali Incense

    From what I have read, this one is pretty much pure Copal.
    I have NK Incense and haven't worn it in a long time. It certainly
    packs a punch. It's not church incense; CdG Avignon is closer to
    that.

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    I tried this the other day. It basically smells like this IMO:



    plus some of that liquid gas you spray on.....

    I'm still getting to know it..so I don't have much of a review.
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    Default Re: Norma Kamali Incense

    its sickly sweet imo ... certainly not for the faint ... in a word - gross.
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    I finally got to try it and I love it. It's true and pure incense. To me, incense feels very cold unless there are other notes with it. But here, I get a little bit of boozy/leathery from it too.
    As said above, a small streak--not even a drop--will work for hours and will overpower other scents.
    I don't layer regularly either but this is perfect for it. I tried it with No. 88 last night. Fabulous. Any rose would be perfect. I'm looking forward to trying it with Black Aoud.
    Also, with Luctor et Emergo. I'm hoping it'll bring out the incense that's already in there. We'll see.
    I can see myself nursing a vial forever but really would like a bottle of this.
    It sounds like the suggested layering with NK Perfume would be wonderful but I wonder if the floral part is really too feminine. Does anyone have a good description of the florals?

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    I tried it a bit more recently and found the resin note (I think) to be a bit sweet as bront82 mentioned. I don't really like it.

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    Default Re: Norma Kamali Incense

    I received and samples NK Incense and Perfume today. Perfume is very 'perfumey' (you could guess that), but pleasant with a floral/rosey sort of base. Incense is deep, rich, and very resinous. The liquid in both is as thick as motor oil... I sampled with little dots of liquid on my wrist. I can't imagine what a whole spray would do.

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    I was searching for this thread last night, but I couldn't find it using the search function. I ended up falling in love with this one. I purchased a decant.

    It's a nice scent.

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    Anyway, the strength and oriental power of Incense by Kamali will make Serge Lutens go blush
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    Default Re: Norma Kamali Incense

    After sampling them both last night, I found Perfume to be more wearable - especially the drydown. Incense was no joke! Unbelievably strong and rich. I personally can't wear Incense - I'm not sure where I'd wear it except for around the house - but I'd consider Perfume small doses.

    I haven't tried combining the two, as NK promotes. Perhaps tonight...

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    Default Re: Norma Kamali Incense

    I was going through my samples recently and stumbled upon this one.

    WOW! This is one of the most, if not the most, powerful and intense fragrances I have ever tried. It is just the smell of pure, strong burning incense - nothing else. It puts all other incense-based fragrances to shame.

    I love it!
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    Default Re: Norma Kamali Incense

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I was going through my samples recently and stumbled upon this one.

    WOW! This is one of the most, if not the most, powerful and intense fragrances I have ever tried. It is just the smell of pure, strong burning incense - nothing else. It puts all other incense-based fragrances to shame.

    I love it!
    +1, it's amazing and easily one of the most intense fragrances I've ever come across. A full-scale olfactory assault.

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    I recently got a refill. It is intense and very well crafted. Its unfortunate that it has been discontined. Its easily as good as any incense from CdG.
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    Default Re: Norma Kamali Incense

    Quote Originally Posted by trex57 View Post
    I Its easily as good as any incense from CdG.
    I love the CdG Incense series - but this one is in a league of its own IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    I love the CdG Incense series - but this one is in a league of its own IMO.
    Definitely. Because its so strong would you try to layer with something?
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    Default Re: Norma Kamali Incense

    Quote Originally Posted by trex57 View Post
    Definitely. Because its so strong would you try to layer with something?
    I like it just on its own. But I know people like to layer it - as noted in some of the above posts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trex57 View Post
    I recently got a refill. It is intense and very well crafted. Its unfortunate that it has been discontined. Its easily as good as any incense from CdG.
    It hasn't been discontinued - the Norma Kamali line is currently undergoing a packaging facelift...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    It hasn't been discontinued - the Norma Kamali line is currently undergoing a packaging facelift...
    Well thanks for good news.
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    Default Re: Norma Kamali Incense

    Any updates on when this one is going to be available again?

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    Default Re: Norma Kamali Incense

    I had a sample from Petrucci. This stuff is killer. Copal and incense as loud as they can. Stunning.


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