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!
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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.