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    Hi All,
    Can someone plese help me find a fragrance with a strong incense note, but that is undeniably feminine? I love the way the comme de garcon incense series smell on everybody else but me. As much as I'd love to wear an incense inspired scent, my reaction to those I've sampled thus far is similar to the reaction I have when trying oriental or resinous fragrances - I get all headachey. Someone please tell me there is an incense fragrance out ther for me. I want more than just florals and food in my wardrobe!

    Thanks in Advance!

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    Lorenzo Villoresi Incensi with it's unique Incense note would smell great on a woman, I'm sure. Also CDG Ourzazate. Ourzazate isn't strong per se, it's light and fleeting.


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    Chanel 22 has a nice incense note in the drydown on me.
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    One of my very favorites-- Donna Karan Black Cashmere. While I think a man could wear it, it is clearly a feminine scent.
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    u have to try mathew williamson incense...it is the most perfect feminine incense...i have it and im a man! although i think it may either be discontinued or limited
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    I agree with CdG Ouarzazate, I found it the most feminine of the Incense series. Of course, you seem to have tried all and not liked them... So how about L'Artisan Passage d'Enfer? It definitely gets flowery on me. Or perhaps Olivier Durbano Rock Crystal (I think... the white one in any case): very airy and bright.
    And although I've never tried it, Silver Factory from Bond No. 9 sounds like it could be what you are looking for.

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    Funny I should come across this thread today, because I'm wearing (from a sample) the most gorgeous and feminine version of insence I've ever tried. Normally I steer clear of incense because it either smells more to the masculine, or is 'musty'...this one, however, is toploaded with jasmine ~ which seems to work for me! (check out my wardrobe) The name of this gem is JUOZAS STATKEVICIUS, which happens to be Lithuanian. I'm really enjoying this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubuandibeme View Post
    Funny I should come across this thread today, because I'm wearing (from a sample) the most gorgeous and feminine version of insence I've ever tried. Normally I steer clear of incense because it either smells more to the masculine, or is 'musty'...this one, however, is toploaded with jasmine ~ which seems to work for me! (check out my wardrobe) The name of this gem is JUOZAS STATKEVICIUS, which happens to be Lithuanian. I'm really enjoying this one.
    I've smelled this and all I can say is... it rocks!

    Some people have compared this to Avignon and it's only slightly true.


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    I have both LV Incensi and CDG Ouzazarte. I like them both! In my opinion, CDG Kyoto is even lighter and more subtle than Ouzazarte. Ouz has a substantial clary sage note (as I remember) which is a scent I appreciate, but it is dusky green, like celery leaves and sage. Kyoto is really subtle, with very light cedar-pine notes mixed in with the incense.
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    I'm taking note of all these recommendations as I love incense in perfume.
    A few suggestions from me - a cheapie that gets a lot of love is Crazy Libellule and the Poppies Encens Mystic - it's a solid perfume, so very handy.

    Another solid that got a very good review on NowSmellThis is Pacifica Tibetan Mountain Temple solid perfume http://nowsmellthis.blogharbor.com/b...3/3928864.html

    Finally, a personal favourite - Nu from YSL. It's discontinued but stocks are still slowly clearing from the shops, so you can sometimes pick up a bargain. Or look on the swap thread here.
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    Angelique Encens

    Cheaper option would be Breath of God by BeNever(if you live in the UK otherwise its hard to get) or Eau d´Iparie ( i think thats how you write it) by L´Occitane which is a complete steal and if you get it get Ambre too.
    But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veuve amiot View Post
    IAnd although I've never tried it, Silver Factory from Bond No. 9 sounds like it could be what you are looking for.
    Silver Factory is not feminine at all. It's very unisex. It rocks, but it's not girly.
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    Encens et Lavande has its fans.
    I find it a good nightime scent.
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    Lot's of good recommendations above. I will add one: Chaos by Donna Karan

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    Miller Harris En Sens de Bois.

    Another excellent Incense totally wearable by a woman. I had a sample out of which I wore it 3-4 times.


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    I recommend Hanae Mori's Magical Moon. It's loaded with Japanese incense (kyara) but has lovely white flowers and tropical fruit as well. It's not as strong as it sounds, it's quite subtle and absolutely feminine. For something more unisex that can smell quite feminine depending on chemistry, YSL's Nu has a very strong incense note, I get lots of compliments when I wear this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chloefpuff View Post
    Silver Factory is not feminine at all. It's very unisex. It rocks, but it's not girly.
    Fair enough. Mind you, I find many unisex and even male (marketed) perfumes feminine, so maybe I'm not the right person to ask anyway
    I'll get back to you after I manage to source a sample of SF.

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    Belle en Rykiel, by Sonia Rykiel

    Nu by Yves St. Laurent (be sure you get the eau de parfum)

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    Kenzo Flower Oriental is one of my all time favourites - and my boyfriend loves it on me, too.

    Robin at Now Smell This wrote a great review of it: Flower by Kenzo Oriental fragrance review

    Quoting from the review (because she says it much better than I do):

    Flower Oriental starts quite similar to the original Flower scent: a soft, sweet, powdery floral. As it settles, the powder calms, and it starts to take on dark woody undertones that temper the sweetness nicely. It smells like agarwood (oudh), but a subdued agarwood, completely stripped of its characteristic medicinal topnote. The wood slowly warms into a dry, smoky-peppery incense which obscures the floral top notes, leaving only indistinct traces. It is mildly spicy, with a dash of vanilla and a clean skin musk in the base.
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    I'd also strongly recommend Olivier Durbano's Amethyste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaye dawn View Post
    Kenzo Flower Oriental is one of my all time favourites - and my boyfriend loves it on me, too.

    Robin at Now Smell This wrote a great review of it: Flower by Kenzo Oriental fragrance review

    Quoting from the review (because she says it much better than I do):
    I was thinking of this one too, when I first read the thread. Kenzo Flower Oriental is ultra nice, very feminine with a touch of floral.

    Other notable mentions are: Angelique Encens, Black Cashmere (this is very heavy on the incense notes).

    My favourite incense is Shalimar... you have to try the EDP version for the most incense.
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    Vanille Tonka by Parfums de Nicolaï is another possibility. The notes are:

    basil, lemon and mandarin oils
    carnation, orange blossom absolute, pepper oil, cinammon oil
    frankincense and vanilla absolutes, tonka bean

    It's a fragrance that I love (but apply with a light hand!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimples View Post
    I was thinking of this one too, when I first read the thread. Kenzo Flower Oriental is ultra nice, very feminine with a touch of floral.

    Other notable mentions are: Angelique Encens, Black Cashmere (this is very heavy on the incense notes).

    My favourite incense is Shalimar... you have to try the EDP version for the most incense.
    I 2nd Shalimar in EDP...smoky and beautiful.

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    The 1st thing that came to my mind was Silver factory by Bond No.9
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    Etro Shaal Nur - this is so beautiful!
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    Since Andy Warhol's Silver Factory by Bond No. 9 has been mentioned, here is my review which is pending...

    This has a soft, sweet and aromatic opening, kinda boozy. It drys a bit, develops some incense. I can smell the violet leaves (not too piercing) and some good cedarwood notes. The iris and violet accord forms the heart of the scent – other elements simply frame that. This is an artistic but slightly edgy-brooding element… like AW I guess. Complex, quite intriguing, but a little too sweet for me. And iris-violet are not high on my list. I think it could have more dry incense. I don’t like the amber-y drydown. I didn’t get any metallic notes.
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    Tauer Perfumes "Incense Rose" a feminine incense that is not musty at all, it's very clean

    Chanel No. 22 (very aldehydic though)

    Creed Angelique Encens (very classic, animalic, a 30's scent that is still around) I think this would be much too feminine for men, it's lush and sultry

    The Commes de Garcons Incense series is excellent but they are all unisex, abstract and modern

    Tauer also makes Incense Extreme but it is more like the CDG's than Incense Rose

    Silver Factory would be a good feminine incense too, although it could be worn by either sex

    Bal a Versailles, another classic, has lots of incense among it's lush, animalic, musky, powderey notes (the vintage is better and is available on fleabay) but, like Angelique Encens, is an older take on the incense "idea" -- in other words, it doesn't smell like church

    -- all are available in sample/decant form, with incense scents you should definitely try before buying!
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    Encens et Lavande from serge Lutens is a must even if it is quite cold ...
    Angélique Encens is sweeter.
    Incensi is just perfect ...
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    I also recommend Chanel No22. I think L'Artesan's Timbuktu smells incensy, spicy and slightly floral. It's quite beautiful, but I don't know if it's feminine. The notes are green mango, pink pepper berries, cardamom, karo karounde flower, incense, papyrus wood, balms and spices, patchouli, myrrh, benzoin and vetiver.

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    You guys are frikken awesome! Thanks so much for the offerings!

    I have tried kyoto for a second time today. I think I'm liking it...we'll see. As far as No. 22 and Black Cashmere...this may sound tacky, but I'm looking for something less sophisticated and more laid back an earthy. Anyone think that CB I hate perfume's Just Breathe is feminine and incensy? Never smelled it. I'm waiting for scent bar to call me when they get a sample into the store.

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