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    Red face Church vibe, candle-wax + incense

    I know it's quite creepy, but after smelling Comme des Garcons 2 MAN for the first time, I realized how much I liked the church smell when I was young...

    The top-heart notes on this are wonderful, however, since I don't particularly love its drydown, anyone know any similar scent?
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    Messe de Minuit by Etro

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    I love CDG2 man too. There are many churchy incenses (eg Avignon and Zagorsk), but I cannot think of anything with the candle-wax.

    My other Italian catholic-church-memory perfume is Hindu Kush by La via del profumo, which obtains the effect not via candle-wax, but via a sort of camphoraceous floor-wax, like a well kept church. (Unfortunately, it is not very durable on me, so it wouldn't solve your cdg2 duration problem anyway)

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    Quote Originally Posted by volley2 View Post
    Messe de Minuit by Etro
    This

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    Avignon but it doesnt have the candle wax aspect.

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    Full Incense by Montale

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    Around Midnight by Marc Buxton is a re-worked version of Avignon to my nose. It's less harsh, but still has that churchy incense vibe. It smells like cold air on a crisp night with frankincense burning. There's no candle note to it, but there's a really nice dose of chamomile that is relaxing and cool - it might give you a similar vibe to candles and incense. At the same time, I'm sorry to say I haven't smelled anything that smells exactly like a church with candles and incense burning.

    The closest thing I can think of after Around Midnight would have to be Cologne pour le Soir by Maison Francis Kurdkjian. It has a churchy vibe (frankincense in the base) and there's a huge dose of soft benzoin in it, that reminds me of wax sometimes.

    Good luck and don't forget to post back once you've tried some of the recs here.

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    Heeleys Cardinal is all about that church vibe.

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    I second the suggestion of Montale Full Incense

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    That "waxy" smell from the aldehydes is one of the characteristics that makes CdG2 Man so unique. I agree with the others that Etro's Messe de Minuit is a close relative; the combo of its bright orange top note and the lurking honey note, combined with the frankincense, bring to mind CdG 2 Man's burning candle vibe. But MdM is less brutal, and has a "dampness" that's not present in CdG2, it's also a bit more complicated than the amazingly simple 2Man.

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    Definitely Full Incense

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    Quote Originally Posted by volley2 View Post
    Messe de Minuit by Etro
    Yes coming from s catholic school background this on hits it right on the head of dark brown mahogany wood incense and during candle wax

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    Gucci Pour Homme I

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    Quote Originally Posted by volley2 View Post
    Messe de Minuit by Etro
    ++1

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    No.88

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    Le Labo vetiver 46 has a church vibe to me.

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    +1 for Gucci Pour Homme 1. Also, Tommy Bahama original (brown bottle) kind of has that same vibe as well.

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    Heeley Cardinal and Cdg Avignon are practically the same frag...what you could do is get the Avignon candle and use the wax as solid perfume, that I think would do the trick...Avignon brings me back to Easter mass but it's so wearable
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    Tabac, Cardinal, Brookes Brothers, Musc Kublai Khan, Andron

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    Quote Originally Posted by volley2 View Post
    Messe de Minuit by Etro
    This

    Try to find vintage juice, the new juice on shelves is not as good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Try to find vintage juice, the new juice on shelves is not as good.
    I absolutely agree. The vintage version (round label, I think) is incredibly rich in dry down stages. Almost not even the same scent, sadly, as the newer stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian_Towers View Post
    I know it's quite creepy, but after smelling Comme des Garcons 2 MAN for the first time, I realized how much I liked the church smell when I was young...

    The top-heart notes on this are wonderful, however, since I don't particularly love its drydown, anyone know any similar scent?
    Good that I read this. That fragrance was on my wish-list, but if smells like church I am staying away from it.
    Right now I think that I have all the fragrances that I want.

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    Thank you all for the suggestions! Adding them to my samples list hehe

    Quote Originally Posted by tiberije View Post
    Good that I read this. That fragrance was on my wish-list, but if smells like church I am staying away from it.
    Nooo!! At least I think you should test it, it's only my/our impression, you could probably enjoy it anyway for another reason...
    We want a 'Niche' forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiberije View Post
    Good that I read this. That fragrance was on my wish-list, but if smells like church I am staying away from it.
    i don't particularly like this vein of fragrances (church incense style , etc) but CdG 2 man is amazing!!!!! gives you more than you think.. and the most important, works very good on the skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackened View Post
    i don't particularly like this vein of fragrances (church incense style , etc) but CdG 2 man is amazing!!!!! gives you more than you think.. and the most important, works very good on the skin.
    Maybe I'll try sample but I am definitely not a fun of church/medieval/incense based scents.
    Right now I think that I have all the fragrances that I want.

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    Vintage MdM. Screw those a**holes at Etro for ruining every single fragrance. Also Curiosities candle by Diptyque. It is a candle however LOL

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    I haven't tried most of the other fragrances that are dominating this thread so, I can't compare but when I fell hard for Bond No 9's Silver Factory a few year's back, it was largely due to the very prominant incense note(s), which to my nose is super churchy - and IMO, can easily be worn with or without Catholic guilt.

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    Amouage Honour Man - more waxy than CdG2 Man. Kind of a stony/woody austere incense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Amouage Honour Man
    This! I'll add Carthusia 1681, Linari Acqua Santa and Profumum Olibanum (the latter has a sealing wax vibe)


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    Excellent thread. Especially because in Orthodox church where I come from, the candle-wax/incence factor is even stronger

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