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.
Thread: 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. . .
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.
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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"Seize opportunity by the beard for it is bald behind"
I wonder what Luca has to say about this one.
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.
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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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.
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
its sickly sweet imo ... certainly not for the faint ... in a word - gross.
Oh please, if everyone around here is going to start telling the truth, I'm going to bed. - The House of Yes
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?
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.
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.
Anyway, the strength and oriental power of Incense by Kamali will make Serge Lutens go blush
Vetiver The Great!!!
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...
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!
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.
Any updates on when this one is going to be available again?
I had a sample from Petrucci. This stuff is killer. Copal and incense as loud as they can. Stunning.
@Duke Hunt: Probably never. I've heard that they did a horrible reformulation. Better get the original on ebay as long as you can.
I got a decant of the vintage. Imo it's unwearable. But an absolute masterpiece. It doesn't smell like church incense. It smells like holiness itself!
On parfumo we had a sharing of a vintage bottle from ebay (germany) a couple of months ago. Was very expensive (200 € or so).
I found some of the incense at a website I use quite often. Its The Posh Peasant. Nice people.
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Those of you still looking for Norma Kamali Incense should seek out and try Rundholz Parfums - 03. Apr. 1968. Potent!!
Second article on the page:
I received it as a sample from First-in-Fragrance.
The top note is lychee? That doesn't bode well.
I had a talk with my rep from Takasago materials supplier yesterday, and told me a story about when they formulated the Kamli Incense fragrance, at his previous position/company... They let her smell one particular aromatic element, which smells like incense, and is one of my favorite elements too.
And everytime they reviewed the fragrance in progress, she just kept saying, "MORE OF THAT!" :-)
Gold Medal for "Best Aroma"; Los Angeles Artisan Fragrance Salon
They have released several bottles of the Vintage 1982 stuff. http://www.thewellnesscafe.com/
Oh wow - thanks for posting that Palm Beach.
"Seize opportunity by the beard for it is bald behind"
PalmBeach is hosting a split for some of this in Basenotes Marketplace, if anyone is interested - check it out.
So, does that mean that Norma Kamali Incense had been reformulated sometime in the past? My half-finished sample, from the Perfumed Court, is light orange in colour but this vintage juice looks dark brown.
Btw, what is the official concentration of Norma Kamali Incense? Is it an extrait?
Can't answer the reformulation question. I should be receiving the first bottle tomorrow. I'll post up a pic so you can see the color of the juice.
If I may say so, though, the smell of the vintage stuff is just... incredible. I do not regret blowing the budget on my bottle, at all. Opening it was like uncapping an aged single malt. (It doesn't smell like Scotch, I hasten to add, but it had the same impact of both power and smoothness.)
(I was starting to get a cold or something, the week I decanted it, but it hadn't blossomed. My first couple wears, I couldn't stop sneezing, and I was terrified that maybe I was allergic to something in the old formula. Then I got really sick a day later and spent three days on the sofa with a fever. Not allergic. Phew!)
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So, nobody knows the concentration?
Yes, Trebor, it for sure smelled aged. Not spoiled -- but I think that's what made me immediately make the association with Scotch.
Trebor, just confirmed with the SA from Norma Kamali, it is an EDP.
They also found some old bottles of Beach which they are sending me a sample with the second bottle today.
She needs to bring this one back, it was sooo good, easily one of the best incense masterpieces.
Trebor, here are pictures as promised.