My favorites so far:
CdG Avignon and Kyoto
Kilian Incense Oud
Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain
Gucci pour Homme
Frederic Malle Portrait of a Lady
Tom Ford Amber Absolute
Without a doubt Portrait of a Lady.
If you're talking strictly/mostly incense, I would go Kyoto.
Incense Oud By kilian
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Donna Karan Black Cashmere.
Just because it happened to you doesn't make it interesting.
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.
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I am really digging Full Incense by Montale.
My current top ten:
1. Tobacco Vanille
2. Spice and Wood
3. 34 Boulevard Saint Germain
4. Musc Ravageur
5. Noir De Noir
6. Plum Japonais
8. Dior Homme Intense
9. L'air Du Desert Marocain
10. Ambre 114
Amber Absolute. Memoir Man.
Bogart Furyo, Nag Champa in a bottle.
"I exist for myself, and for those to whom my unquenchable thirst for freedom gives everything, but also for everyone, since insofar as I am able to love - I love everyone. Of noble hearts, I am the noblest - and the most generous of those that yearn to give love in return. - I am a human being, I love death and I love life."
Egon Schiele - Self-Potrait
My classics: Dior Homme EdT, YSL Rive Gauche PH, Helmut Lang Cuiron, L'Occitane Neroli (vintage), Davidoff Zino, L'Occitane Eau des Baux
SHAAL NUR by Etro
Technically, Avignon is drop-for-drop unbelievably high quality -- too good for CDG's peculiar nozzle which I can't coax to express a small amount, hence overspray.
But I really like Bois d'Encens (Armani Prive) which is more black pepper than frankincense. Too bad it's so overpriced and fades quickly.
Bois d'Encens is my two cents.
Amouage Epic, not too smoky to me, the right balance
Oriental Incense favorites:
Czech & Speake No. 88
Eav Des Bavx
fresh Frankincense favorites:
Amouage Ciel Man
Lorenzo Villoresi Incensi
Nicolai Balle De Match
As far as incense soliflores:
Tauer incense Extreme
Body Kouros an incense fragrance ?? Some of you must not know what incense smells like. I made a small purchase of it based on the numerous mentions of it and find that it doesn't even smell remotely like incense. Avignon and Cardinal are at the top. Kouros is not, in my opinion, in the incense class.
Montale Full Incense is also right up there.
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Amouage Jubilation XXV
Amouage Epic Man
By Killian Incense Oud
Avignon is a bit too literal for my tastes, I dont want to smell like a catholic priest! but yes it is damn good stuff!
***My favourite from my collection***
------ Serge Lutens: Ambre Sultan
-------- Les Exclusifs de Chanel: Sycamore
------ Amouage: Fate Man
-------- Amouage: Epic Man
------ Tom Ford Private Blend: Noir de Noir
-------- Terre D'Hermès Pure Parfum
------ EDP FM: Carnal Flower
-------- Neela Vermire Creations: Trayee
------ Dior: Leather Oud
------- Hermèssence: Ambre Narguilé
L'OCCITANE Frankincense & Myrrh!
Jubilation XXV (Amouage)
(Incense in general has never been of particular interest to me.)
My taste of incense is of a simpler, sweeter kind, nothing overly fancy or niche here....Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris.
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Paul Smith Man
Vendetta by Valentino
L'Occitane Eau des Baux
By Killian Sweet Redemption
Prada Infusion d'Iris
"There is no accessory greater, nor more intimate, than scent." --Tim Gunn
No one posted 7 De Loewe, maybe not the best incense scent around here but I wore it on my wedding ceremony.
smells are surer than sights or sounds to make your heartstrings crack.
Is the juice worth the squeeze?
Rien by ELDO & 24-09-11 by Hilde Soliani
Cale Preludio d'Oriente
Gucci pour Homme
CDG Incense :Avignon hands down. I also like Bonds Silver Factory but it does have that metallic industrial vibe.
Wazamba by PdE - it takes a while to process but surely a maestral effort.
By Kilian Incense Oud. An honorable mention to Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles.
I'm a big fan of L'Artisan Passage 'Enfer, with its clean incense balanced out by quite indolic white lily - it puts me into a time and place unlike any other incense perfumes.
Not one mention of CDG Dover Street Market? It's not the most popular CDG by far, but man do I love the stuff. It's like a toned down Ouarzazate (which I love also) with some other stuff thrown in the mix, but surprisingly it lasts a lot longer on me than Ouarzazate. It stays close to skin but that's how I tend to like my frags. So, by vote is for Dover Street Market and Ouarzazate.
I love so many incense fragrances. But if I had to pick one, I would say by Kilian Incense Oud. With CDG Avignon and Armani Prive Bois d'Encens just behind.
Czech & Speake #88
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Opium pour homme
Be yourself! Everyone else is taken!
Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris is by far my favorite incense cologne
I'm torn between Bois d'Encens and Avignon. I'm leaning towards Avignon for a truer evocation of pure incense but I love them both for the feelings they both evoke.
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Another one for Kyoto. Takes me back to my childhood in Japan. I find it so photo-realistic that I start sniffing for other smells I associate with Japanese incense such as tatami matting and the smells of trees around temples where I've smelt the incense.
Unfortunately this realism means it is a big no-no for my wife. For her it smells like grandpa (or elderly people) as well as having religious associations, particularly with death and ancestors, due to it being used on the butsudan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butsudan) in her home.
Has anyone mentioned Black Amber by Agonist? I've only worn it once, but it seems like a very underrated incense fragrance.
Jubilation XXV (although there is technically no incense in the note breakdown)
Memoir Man (the pepper compliments the incense nicely, and I love that wormwood opening)
One would be:
Wazamba by Parfum d'Empire - Initially, one is treated to a rush of smoky, colophony incense commingling with the Christmas tree aroma of balsam fir. At once, one is immersed in the resinous warmth of a lively incense coupled with the somewhat minty coolness of fir, creating an illusion of a forest floor with crushed needles and embers from a dying fire. A sweep of aldehyde provides a fizzy greenness. And, a faint backdrop of a slightly tart and clean apple also presents. Transitioning to the heart, the incense is relegated to the background while a cool and medicinal myrrh vies with a warm and sweet opopanax. And, an odoriferous labdanum imparts its warm and sweet, ambergris character. The enhanced resins flow to the receptive base. A gentle sandalwood, with its buttery and softly sweet woodiness, lifts the resinous, incense concoction. A soothing cypress infuses its pine-like woodiness with an ambergris nuance. A mystically comforting drydown ensues. This exotic composition is unisex, but leans to the masculine side. A rather unique scent, it has average, radiating projection, and good longevity, about 11 hours.
Although I don't smell much incense in it, my favorite fragrance with an incense note is without doubt Body Kouros. While my favorite fragrances that actually smell like incense are probably Zirh Ikon, Intimately Beckham, and Kenzo: Time for Peace for him.
My 3 Signature Scents:
Rive Gauche Light (2004)
Paul Smith Man (2009)
CdG Zagorsk / Kyoto / Avignon in that order
Fille en Aiguilles.
I love so many but probably my absolute favorite are Norma Kamali Incense, Black Tourmaline Durbano and Amouage Homage.
1 Body Kouros
3 Lalique pour homme (not really considered in this category, but I pick up an incense feel to it)
Charriol Royal Platinum good incense (with sweet oud) that works very well
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Lalique Pour Homme
Gucci pour Homme
vintage Body Kouros ( nag champa in the drydown)
I would love to get my hands on vintage Furyo though, I love nag champa!
Kyoto and JXXV
Is the juice worth the squeeze?
For me it is CDG Avignon and Profumum Roma Olibanum
Armani Prive Bois d'Encens for me.