Thread: Comme des Garcon Incense Series
with the exception of Jaisalmer which is a nice tiger-balm oriented fragrance, I find all the rest to be outstanding. My favorite is by all means Avignon.
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My favourites are Avignon and Zagorsk, the others are very good too. Kyoto always smelled like the most feminine of the series to me, Jaisalmer is the spiciest and least incense-ish, and Quarzazate was the least familiar smelling and most challenging.
owned all of them (currently own avignon, ouarzazate & jaisalmer) but i have to go against the trend and say that kyoto is my least favourite, partly because of a slightly sweet, damp/wet rag aspect to it, but also because i already own cdg monocle hinoki and christian lacroix tumulte which are very similar and superior to kyoto.
my favourite is avignon - catholic church, followed by zagorsk - greek orthodox church (& very austere).
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Tried a few. Liked Avignon but did not buy it.
Kyoto. I bought a full bottle of Avignon but hardly ever wear it - although it's great. It's just too catholic. Kyoto is probably the best.
I'm thinking of blind buying Avignon in the morning.
Speaking as a lapsed Catholic I don't find Avignon all that churchified. Lots of Provencal rosemary in there. I do like it though. I have all of them except Jaisalmer. Zagorsk is my favourite.
I recently tried Exultat by Maria Candida Gentile; now that I DO find very churchy. It is quite lovely, more subtle than Avignon. And more complicated. I recommend it to any incense fan, it is one of the best.
Been wanting to try this series for quite some time..
I am a Kyoto Lover for sure.....This is Fantastic!!!
Kyoto is good but Avignon is legendary...
My current top ten:
1. Oud Wood
2. Straight to Heaven
3. Epic Man
4. Santal 33
5. Tonka Imperial
6. Pure Malt
7. Jubilation XXV
8. L'air Du Desert Marocain
10. Terre D'Hermes
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I didn't get much out of the "uplifting" Jaisalmer and the "serious" Zagorsk. Frankly, it's the lack of longevity that disturbs me. I'm not to dismiss a fragrance quickly because it is light or so, but in case of Zagorsk I just have no time to enjoy it - it's vanished without a whimper (as a lover of all things Russian I have to say: what a pity). I should try Avignon soon, because it has a good reputation on basenotes. Dammit, I even may get my nose adjusted to the conception of this line.
That's the spirit; listening to Rachmaninoff's All-night-vigil while being drenched in Zagorsk...
Last edited by Candide; 4th July 2012 at 01:29 AM.
I believe that if you are between the Avignon and Kyoto, Βlack is the epitome.. Gathers the good features of both.
Dou you agree;
I find Black to be more smoky and leathery (birch tar). Kyoto is ethereal, transparent, and woody. Avignon is dry, slightly smoky, and resinous.
These three share quite a few elements, but I do not see Black as having the 'good' features of the other two.
All three are excellent.
I think Avignon is the least wearable though, it's difficult to find the right occasion for it. It's more of a scent that one enjoys alone. It's a close run between Kyoto and Black in terms of wearability IMHO, they are both pretty good in those terms.