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    Default Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    Hi again,

    while stepping deeper into perfume, I realized that I love the scent od incense, like for example the one in CdG 2 Men. Meanwhile, I read so much here about the famous Incense Series of CdG, and I can feel the wish get stronger to own that series. Completely.

    I never smelled any of them, as it is impossible to find a store, that owns them, but in this case, I would love to play with the risk a little bit, and get them blind.
    I want to use them also for wearing them without any other scent, but one of my thoughts is, that those 5 scents could be perfect for layering, to bring a little delicate incense charakter to a lot of other perfumes. Only applying a little little bit of one of them to a full wear of another perfume, to bring up more "mystery" or sth

    Do You think that my idea will work, and they will layer quite good?
    And, I really feel the wish to own them all... is it worth it? Somehow I would miss sth if I only bought three and let the 2 others out...
    And, last question: What's the best place to buy them online? Maybe, does somebody even know some store that offers the complete package for a special Price?

    If also one of You wants to sell his series 3 or parts of it, please write me. That would be best solution for me...

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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    I find them to be too dry, and perhaps harsh, for me (as well as some others, such as Bois d'Encens and Tumulte Pour Homme). Instead, I prefer Azzaro's Visit, for example.
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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    I found the CDG incense scents not entirely complex in composition nor very linear, mostly likely somewhere inbetween. I would not recommend them for layering. Try the Incense Parfum by Norman Kamali if you're looking for a good incense scent to layer with.

    Yes, I'd probably buy them all if I had the money and didn't love so many other scents. They are all very good in their own way.

    It comes in a box set if you're interested, but I'd look for a retailer in Germany or in Europe for somewhere closer. Luckyscent has hefty custom charges on international shipments.

    Good Luck

    I'd also recommend samples from either The Perfumed Court, The Perfume Shoppe or Luckyscent.
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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    Oh, you really should try them all first - they're worlds different (literally, and olfactory).
    Being in Germany, hit up http://www.ausliebezumduft.de/ for samples first, then you'll know which ones are what you want.
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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    Definitely sample them all first. i doubt most people would like them all equally and there are also lots of other great incense fragrances to consider as well. I found only Avignon and Jaisalmer FBW, incidentally.

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    I agree; try before you buy. I also agree that there are better incense fragrances to use if you want to use them to add mystery to other perfumes, although Avignon is probably the best to layer if you had to layer a CdG Insense fragrance.

    Is it worth owning them all? Yes and no. Each of the Series 3 fragrances have their own unique character, evoking a different place and time; and each smells different enough from the others to warrant owning a bottle. However, I think most people develop an affinity for one or two of the series and end up wearing those most often. Personally I have bottles of Zagorsk and Ouarzazate and large decants of Avignon, Kyoto and Jaisalmer, and this suits me perfectly.
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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    Well, that's a good point. I don't want "evocation," but an interesting ("dynamic") frag that is wearable. Because I find these dry, harsh frags so unwearable, I don't really care about slight variations that some feel evoke a particular place. Of course, on some level, I wish I could appreciate them, but I think my ability to appreciate frags has certain limits, and I've learned that "a man's got to know his limitations" when it comes to wearing frags.

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    I am a HUGE fan of CdG, despite the very abysmal longevity I get....I, myself covet the Incense line in particular. I currently own decants of Zagorsk and Avingon, and both scents utterly transfix me. I must add that I have positive memories of my time spent with Jesuit Catholics and various Orthodox prayer disciplines...for me, these frags are not just perfumes, but a kind of aromatherapy that other lines don't provide. I apply one of these two or Red: Sequoia just before bed, and find a unique sort of peace and stress relief that brings peaceful slumber. Of the three, I'd say that Zagorsk is an interesting child that could be born of a marriage of Avignon and Sequoia, of all things.

    BUT, as I said, I recognize that this association taps in to very specific experiences I had with specific Churches in a specific part of the world. I don't see these scents as an ornamental perfume, but as a beautiful encapsulation of a scent memory. You definitely should find some samples and see how your own scent memories emerge.

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    I absolutely understand wanting to hoarde scents containing your favorite notes... the CdGs are all good but I'd suggest also trying other houses, and maybe get the CdGs over time. Some other great incense scents are Guerlain Bois d'Armenie, C&S Frankinscense & Myrrhe, Armani Bois d'Encens, and L'Artisan Timbuktu (among others). Personally I don't find that incense scents layer very well, especially not bold ones like the CdGs.

    Since someone mentioned it, my experience with Azzaro Visit is that it's a knockoff of the discontinued Gucci Rush, which itself is an average incense/cedar. If you can afford the CdGs or other suggestions you'd probably be quite happy with them.

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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    I am a CdG Incense fan (I own 4 of the 5). Nonetheless, sample them first. As jrd4t pointed out, samples can be purchased easily online.

    Owning all 5 might feel good (if you're a bottle completist or collector), but after some time if you don't like the scents themselves you're going to regret owning fragrances you don't wear.
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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    i have had 4 of the 5 before, but sold off all of them due to reasons not limiting to the scents themselves. i have always craved for it since then.

    Owning full bottles of the entire series is too much to have. partial bottles, a definite yes. on a sidenote, everyone here needs to have least 10ml each of all the 5 scents. it's such a pleasure and experience in itself. my favorite series to wear at home..

    ps. i've a partial bottle of Ouarzazate now and on a hunt for others (Ouarzazate is simply fabulous and one of the most wearable of the series along with Jaisalmer, followed by Kyoto)

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    With a few exceptions (CdG 3) CdGs seem to radically lose any initial attraction they have to me. I soon grew tired of Kyoto and Jaisalmer because of the evident (and to me, obnoxious) way they employ synthetic compounds. Avignon works somewhat better, but I never wear it for fear of being mistaken for a gothic spire. Zagorsk is the only one I have not tried, leaving Ourzazate, which is very mild and wearable and probably best to layer as well.
    I've heard great things about Profvmvm's Incense (though I found what I've tried from the line disappointing) and my personal favorite is vintage C&S Frankincense & Myrrh. And, since you're in Frankfurt, you could easily get your hands on that weird German gothic line Parfume Noire who have a line of incense frags - The styrax is great, cheap, very natural and light enough for layering !
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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post
    I've heard great things about Profvmvm's Incense.
    Profumum has an incense scent, which one is that?

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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    Quote Originally Posted by nsamadi View Post
    Profumum has an incense scent, which one is that?
    Why, Olibanum (=Frankincense), of course
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post
    Why, Olibanum (=Frankincense), of course
    Oh yeah, I totally forgot about that one. I tried it, a double your price Passage d'Enfer.

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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    Avignon and Zagorsk might work quite well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nsamadi View Post
    Oh yeah, I totally forgot about that one. I tried it, a double your price Passage d'Enfer.
    Hmm, I was disappointed by Passage d'Enfer as well. Though Costes by Giacobetti is a really wonderful feel-good incense - no less synthetic than CdG, but works for me.
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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    Off Topic: Passage d'enfer has more in common with CDG Kyoto. Nothing about it reminds me of Olibanum. matter of fact, nothin in the incense series smells like Profumum's Olibanum.

    Durbano's Rock Crystal does smell like Profumums Olibanum though, and cud be bought for half the price.

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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    If I were you, I'd sniff them first and then get decants of the ones you like. By the time you finish the decants, you'll know which ones are bottle-worthy (and I'm only saying this becasue they are the type of scents you can easily fall out of love with).

    To be completely honest, you don't really need to own any of them but you do need to sniff them.

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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    Off Topic: Passage d'enfer has more in common with CDG Kyoto. Nothing about it reminds me of Olibanum. matter of fact, nothin in the incense series smells like Profumum's Olibanum.

    Durbano's Rock Crystal does smell like Profumums Olibanum though, and cud be bought for half the price.
    I absolutely agree. In fact, haven't we agreed with each other on this point before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsamadi View Post
    Oh yeah, I totally forgot about that one. I tried it, a double your price Passage d'Enfer.
    Double the longevity than Passage d'Enfer too But yeah -- I see what you mean.


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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    Off Topic: Durbano's Rock Crystal does smell like Profumums Olibanum though, and cud be bought for half the price.
    And Rock Crystal's longevity? I've heard it's not that great...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    And Rock Crystal's longevity? I've heard it's not that great...
    definitely good. im yet to encounter a Durbano scent with bad longevity..

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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    Christian Lacroix Tumulte is a very dry, smooth cedar and incense scent. It reminds me alot of Kyoto, but is available much cheaper. I've actually been mixing it with water and putting it in an oil burner lately & it smells great!
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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    Thank You for all of Your answers!

    Yes, now, after reading, I realize, that I also was afraid a little bit, that those scents could be fascinating first, but then, after a while, just loose their fascination, because You realize, that You definetly cannot wear them often or just don't like them all...

    Well, and as I ordered "Musc Ravageur" and "Geranium pour Monsieur" today (yeah!), I think The Incense Series has to take a step back anyway. Probably those two FM-Scents will bring more fun and pleassure to me that the series

    But, as You also recommended me, I really want then at least small Versions of the Series three..! Is there a place where I can get them all 5 together as a decant? I couldn't find it yet... Of course, I am also willingly to pay for it!

    Thank You again for preventing me of euphorically throwing my Money out of the window (again), hehe...

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    "And, since you're in Frankfurt, you could easily get your hands on that weird German gothic line Parfume Noire who have a line of incense frags - The styrax is great, cheap, very natural and light enough for layering !"

    Wow, that looks weird, haha! Well the titles of there perfumes sound a little cheesy, but well if You recommand it... Do You own some of them?

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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    The CDG incenses were great... until Serge Noire and the Durbanos.

    They smell either too woody or too cold to me now.

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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    Quote Originally Posted by YourSound View Post
    ...Is there a place where I can get them all 5 together as a decant? I couldn't find it yet... Of course, I am also willingly to pay for it! ...
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    Default Re: Comme des Garçons Series 3 - Incense: Do I need all of them?

    Quote Originally Posted by Le critique de parfum View Post
    The CDG incenses were great... until Serge Noire and the Durbanos.

    They smell either too woody or too cold to me now.
    And too synthetic...
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    GREAT! Order placed... each of the 5 as 5ml decant. Still expensive enough Thank You!

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