Full Incense by Montale
Avignon by Comme des Garcons
I'm usually not a big fan of incense fragrances, but ever since I was a kid I've always loved the smell of the incense that is typically burned at Catholic church funerals (is it frankincense?). I was raised Catholic, and I've always loved the dark, dusky smell of that style of incense.
I'm looking for a fragrance that captures that smell of that type of burning incense. Trust me, I'm not a gloomy person or someone who likes death and funerals, but I love that smell. This is the only place I feel I can ask this question without being embarrassed!
Full Incense by Montale
Avignon by Comme des Garcons
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Have you tried Messe de Minuit yet, and if so, which version?
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Avingon, definitely! Cardinal by Heeley.
Yes, do try Avignon. For incense, I much prefer it to the current formulation of Messe de Minuit (but previous formulations might satisfy your wish).
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Although it may be Church of England. Not sure.
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Avignon- CDG, Cardinal- Heeley, Full Incense- Montale all smell like the frankincense they burn in a church during mass. They also have slight woody notes to include the pews. Passage d'Enfer is a little different. Its opening starts off rather sweet, probably because of the aloe. Theres also white lily to give it more funeral feel. The dry downs turns into a sweet dry ash tray which I kinda dig.
I'm not catholic, but I happily spent 8 yrs in catholic schools and smelled quite a bit of incense. Loved the swinging incense and now, I also love frankincense! It's possible, my chickness won't allow me to wear a literal interpretation...I've gone through two bottles of Passage d'Enfer. Now wearing Candide by Aftelier which is frankincense and jasmine (not churchy). I visit Avingon often. It's just like an ancient catholic church! I would love it as a room spray. For ambience, I have a candle, Spiritus Sancti by Cire Trudon. Love this scent and it is like a beautiful smelling cathedral!
+2 Montale - Full Incense ; Catholic and long-lasting!
Encens Flamboyant by Annick Goutal is it. I neither like the fragrance nor the church smell (not even thinking about Catholic). I think you should not assume they burn top quality. If I recall well, I have read that they use mixtures and there is often quite some myrrh involved.
Other options you might want to check are...
Preludio D'Oriente (basically the same type of incense used in avignon with the addition of dark woods and leather)
Bois D'Encens (sort of animalic and multi faceted)
Olibanum (liturgical incense plus a compelling seal-wax effect)
There are other (less) interesting takes on the catholic frankincense theme such as Full Incense, Biehl Parfumkunstwerke MB03, Mark Buxton Around Midnight, Olivier Durbano Rock Crystal but they're all micro-variations of Avignon, IMO.
Last but not least, many people find Etro's Messe De Minuit a tremendously realisitc intepretation of what you're looking for. That being said, to me it's more of a spicy-honeyed incense...
Avignon is what you're looking for.
I enjoy incense too. As kids we went to some kind of church shop and purchased original church incense to burn it in our metal dungeon
Shame most of the mentioned perfumes are hard to find/expensive.
I don't remember the smell of the incense at church as I rarely ever went - was it just frankincense or was it a mixture of burning frankincense and other resins - myrrh or opoponax perhaps?
Anyway, if it's just the clean and smoky, lemony smell of burning frankincense that you want, you need to check out Shanaan by Micallef. It captures the smell of frankincense smoke perfectly, and that is all the fragrance is. A few sprays to the chest and you'll have others think you're hiding a censer under your shirt.
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Its usually frankincense with some sandalwood .
Tauer Incense Extreme is heavy on the frankincense.
Okay, this was really helpful! I think Avignon is the one I need. I read the reviews on it and it sounds exactly what I'm looking for. Plus the price is pretty reasonable for a niche scent.
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+1 Avignon-- it conveys the smokiness. Marvelous stuff.
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Yet another vote for Avignon; truly Catholic Mass in a bottle.
Messe de Minuit, at least in its vintage formulation, mixed in a lot of citrus with it's liturgical trappings, evoking a church on the Amalfi Coast. There was also something in it that seemed quite dank, reminding me more of the church's crypt, than its high altar.
Ikon dries down to church incense
In addition to the aforementioned, I get a strong, at the same time almost waxy and leathery, also quite heavy incense note from Gainsboro Man (release year: 1971)
Definitely: LOEWE 7
The strongest incense I've smelled in a fragrance
For a genuine, cold, incensy smell of a catholic cathedral (amazingly alike) : Incense Avignon by Comme des Garcons.
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I have to admit I never wear Fracas or E&B but I would miss them. May be You lucky guy could find someone who wears it just for You!
Many votes for Avignon--I found it a bit too sweet and vanilla-centric.
Prefer Heeley's Cardinal.
Also worth trying: I Profumi di Firenze Incenso, and no one has mentioned Czech and Speake Frankincense & Myrrh.
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Avignon... Nothing else compares to this.
Another vote for Avignon by CDG.
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Etro , Messe De Minuit , but not the current edt version
& i choose this over Avignon & Cardinal
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If You like to look up this link (https://www.kirchenbedarf-friedrich....ft772ddqcj0iin) You might find out that the priest has a wide range to choose from. The big set comprises 30 different variants of incense. This is only one of many suppliers in Germany. Then it depends further on how it is burnt and spread out.
Incense it available as a natural oil too. And verrry cheap compared to 'worked out' perfumes. When I still were at school I gave it a wear once in a while. Comments were mixed: the girls didn't like the unavoidable association that I was - virginal. Girls like to be seen as raunchy and effective ...
Thanks for the input! I forgot about the latter and didn't know what made me stick to E&B from ELdO despite being unwearable for me as a straight guy.
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Well, if you've ever burned frankincense alone that is the smell of Shanaan. The incense I've smelled at masses and funerals was darker and I'm quite sure had some myrrh in the mix. I find burning frankincense resin to be lemony and uplifting - it is myrrh or opoponax that adds that darker, dustier, dirtier quality. And I agree that $200 is too much for pure incense, but you can purchase 5ml minis of it from the Micallef USA site or you can often find them on ebay for about $15. 5ml of a scent like that worn infrequently would last a long time - at least for me; years, probably.
I've never smelled an incense oil that smells just like the burning resin. Granted, I haven't checked out the C02 extracted frankincense.
Groundbreaking questions, I know
Anyway I'm curious about literalism, naturalism in especially the 'niche' thing. If not to say, I dissociate from all that vanilla criminelle, rose prim4sex, iris 3x9, incense Boulder, dictatorship vetiver poudre stuff with some vigor. I personally like the smell of a good old chem lab
Last edited by WildThingy; 17th January 2012 at 09:16 AM.
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Decided to pick up some samples of Loewe 7 off of ebay thanks to you Enigma and Blackened. It sounds excellent - I hope I get the apple note that some seem to pick up on.
Funny enough for me Gucci Pour Home II all the way. Smells like straight church incense and nothing else. At least on my skin.
With all the ones mentioned I am looking for something that's not dark and dingy but still has that frankenscent and myrr smell but warm and inviting with good longevity. Hopefully some one has an option that meets this .
mmmm, the smell of chatolic funeral bwhahahahaha, sorry I just had to
The lust is rising in this former altar boy. Avignon, Loewe 7..hmm.
I just got a sample of avignon and I was surprised how close it was to the incense I used to smell at church. Count me as another vote for that.