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    Default Fragrance that smells like INCENSE at a Catholic Funeral?

    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!

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    Full Incense by Montale
    Avignon by Comme des Garcons

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    andy tauer l'air du desert marocain

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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.

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    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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    Full Incense

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalynne View Post
    Avingon, definitely! Cardinal by Heeley.
    Cosign both of these.
    While I love Villoresi's Incensi, it's not a clear, loud, or overt frankincense resin soliflore. The other two are.

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    Passage d'Enfer?

    Although it may be Church of England. Not sure.

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    Definitely Avignon.

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    Loewe 7
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    Incense Pure - Sonoma Scent Studio

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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.

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    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!

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    +2 Montale - Full Incense ; Catholic and long-lasting!

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalynne View Post
    Avingon, definitely! Cardinal by Heeley.
    Yes and also Preludio d'Oriente by Cale.

    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    Cosign both of these.
    While I love Villoresi's Incensi, it's not a clear, loud, or overt frankincense resin soliflore. The other two are.
    True. Incensi is nice but not as intense as the above 3.

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    Default Re: Fragrance that smells like INCENSE at a Catholic Funeral?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kalynne View Post
    Avingon, definitely! Cardinal by Heeley.
    these ^^^^^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalynne View Post
    Avingon, definitely! Cardinal by Heeley.
    One of these, definitely. My choice would be Avignon as it's more persistent than the Heeley which is a lighter and more transparent take on the "main theme".

    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...


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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    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...
    The current formula maybe but the vintage was very intense as scent told me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    The current formula maybe but the vintage was very intense as scent told me.
    Unfortunately I had the chance to smell only the current and it was abysmal to say the least...and you know how much of a fan of liturgical frankincense I am...


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    Avignon is what you're looking for.

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    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.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by volley2 View Post
    Avignon by Comme des Garcons
    Definitely this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalynne View Post
    Avingon, definitely! Cardinal by Heeley.
    Pretty much this
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    Its usually frankincense with some sandalwood .

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    Tauer Incense Extreme is heavy on the frankincense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalynne View Post
    Avingon, definitely! Cardinal by Heeley.
    I would say Avignon, my husband loves them both, though he prefers Cardinal. Both scents take me back to the churches I used to go with my catholic neigbours as I was a child.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegoon24 View Post
    andy tauer l'air du desert marocain
    this one

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    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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    Avignon. Period.
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    Default Re: Fragrance that smells like INCENSE at a Catholic Funeral?

    +1 Avignon-- it conveys the smokiness. Marvelous stuff.


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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Avignon. Period.
    Another vote for Avignon.....The whole Incense series by CdG is remarkable!!!
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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.

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    Ikon dries down to church incense

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    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)

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    Definitely: LOEWE 7
    The strongest incense I've smelled in a fragrance

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarquisdeSod View Post
    Ikon dries down to church incense
    Another very cheap incense fragrance, Celine Fever ph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KillerScent View Post
    Definitely: LOEWE 7
    The strongest incense I've smelled in a fragrance
    Definitely this. Also perhaps the most funereal.
    Snarky is as snarky does.

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    For a genuine, cold, incensy smell of a catholic cathedral (amazingly alike) : Incense Avignon by Comme des Garcons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shamu1 View Post
    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 ...
    As by now nearly all insense ;-) frags are mentioned, here's another one. Etat Libre - Encens & Bubblegum might probably resemble the flowers usually present at death/marriage messes too. What convinced me of it was the deep somewhat 'elastic' food-y green that is present in good frankincense. Alas, to me this comes up in extreme applications only - I spilled 4ml in my trouser pocket. But it is as great as for instance Fracas, hefty perfume done well.

    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!

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    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.
    I don't see how this isn't the no1 suggestion. Perhaps it's just because not enough have tried it.
    At the very least please try this one and tell us what you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laph View Post
    I don't see how this isn't the no1 suggestion. Perhaps it's just because not enough have tried it.
    At the very least please try this one and tell us what you think.
    Isn't it amazing just how perfectly Shanaan captures that smell? It's almost disconcerting actually! It never wavers, either - it's frankincense smoke from beginning until the end. It's not a scent I wear often but every now and then it's the perfect scent for the day and mood.
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    Another vote for Avignon by CDG.
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    Etro , Messe De Minuit , but not the current edt version
    & i choose this over Avignon & Cardinal

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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    Isn't it amazing just how perfectly Shanaan captures that smell?
    200$ or more for a mere idea could be a bit over the top for the OP. Mind You I try an other attempt to solve the problem? Raised catholic too, particularly in one of the European centers of this religion I'm not so sure that there's a specific smell of incense in churches.

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SculptureOfSoul View Post
    I've never smelled an incense oil that smells just like the burning resin. Granted, I haven't checked out the C02 extracted frankincense.
    There's a difference for sure. But which effect is the OP eager to achieve? Does he want to smell AS a church from the inside at risk of being mistaken for it, or is it a reminder to church-y incense he's after? Third possibility would be acting effectively much like the pot of burning resin, as a human torch? In order to transform his surrounding into a funeral?

    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by _Enigma_ View Post
    Loewe 7
    Definitely THIS.

    perhaps the most bold and beautiful representation of the Catholic Funeral. Yesterday (among other days) I was the whole day wearing it. It is very realistic but at the same time has a modern and casual touch.Amazing stuff!
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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.
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    Funny enough for me Gucci Pour Home II all the way. Smells like straight church incense and nothing else. At least on my skin.

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    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 .

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    mmmm, the smell of chatolic funeral bwhahahahaha, sorry I just had to

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    Quote Originally Posted by odysseusm View Post
    Many votes for Avignon--I found it a bit too sweet and vanilla-centric.
    Me too - and the incense is very strong at first.

    I think L'Artisan's Passage d'Enfer would suit you perfectly - still 'mass', but maybe not a front row or aisle seat (incense is more subtle).

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    The lust is rising in this former altar boy. Avignon, Loewe 7..hmm.

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    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.

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