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    Default I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    Dear All,

    Come winter time, my thoughts turn towards incense. I've got Kyoto, had Zagorsk, thought the others in the series were ok but not spectacular.

    Other, mainly niche, frags I've tried that have incense notes have failed to live up to Kyoto or Zagorsk.

    I've tried Tauer, CB I hate perfume, Amouage, Parfums d'Empire, Lacroix, le labo, Sonoma Scent Studios and some others that I forget right now. I don't really want anything too 'churchy', a la Heeley's Cardinal.

    Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to try next?

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    Incense Oud by Kilian and Preludio d'Oriente by Cale are my favorites in the category.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
    4)
    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6)
    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    Montale Full Incense

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    What did you try by Amouage?

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    Incense Oud by Kilian
    +1.

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    XXV, Lyric, Memoir (which I liked most) and Interlude (which was mainly bergamot then frankincense). The price really puts me off, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    Incense Oud by Kilian and Preludio d'Oriente by Cale are my favorites in the category.
    I like the sound of Preludio. Arso Profumum Roma looks good, too.

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    Do you want a dry, sandalwoody incense, a vanillic/myrrh type, or something else?

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigsly View Post
    Do you want a dry, sandalwoody incense, a vanillic/myrrh type, or something else?
    Probably more towards frankincense / balsam, even Nag champa. Sandalwood's OK, as long as it's not dominant. Vanilla not so much as it tends to drown everything else out, on me, at least.

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    In addition to the excellent suggestions, there's the woody-eastern temple like Timbuktu. Or the more straightforward Armani Bois d'encens. For something quirky, Encens et bubblegum by ELdO, which is as per name.

    cacio

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    Have you tried Flower Orijental by Kenzo or Le Baiser Du Dragon ?

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    For me, three scents:

    CDG Avignon

    Caron Parfum Sacre

    By Killian Sweet Redemption
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    How about Rien by ELDO? Its an animalic, Leather, Incense combo that lats an eternity. The composition is stunning if you can restrain yourself to 1-2 sprays max. At times I really get that Nag Champa vibe from it, though its not identical. Really worth a try IMO!

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    Avignon, Full Incense and L'air du Desert Marocain
    My current top ten:
    1. Spice and Wood
    2. Apple Brandy
    3. Tonka Imperiale
    4. Pure Malt
    5. Bois d'Argent
    6. Noir de Noir
    7. 5 o'clock au Gingembre
    8. Dior Homme Intense
    9. Epic Man
    10.Tobacco Vanille

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    Honestly, it sounds like the OP found what he's looking for, and further attempts at another, similar frag may just result in disappointment. However, the "pursuit of happiness" can vary from one person to another.

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    I'll second Bois D'Encens, Perludio D'Oriente, Memoir Man and Jubilation XXV. Here are few more you might want to check...

    Hindu Kush
    Black Cashmere
    Opus IV



    On a side note, if you really liked Zagorsk, you shouldn't miss the chance to put your nose on L'Eau Du Governeur.
    Last edited by alfarom; 13th October 2012 at 11:15 AM.


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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    For a very smooth, soft, yet strong and long lasting incense fragrance that isn't too "churchy", try Guerlain Encens Mythique d'Orient.

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    I'll second Bois D'Encens, Perludio D'Oriente, Memoir Man and Jubilation XXV. Here are few more you might want to check...

    Hindu Kush
    Black Cashmere
    Opus IV



    On a side note, if you really liked Zagorsk, you should miss the chance to put your nose on L'Eau Du Governeur.
    and let's not forget barbier des isles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danny1967 View Post
    and let's not forget barbier des isles.


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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    Fille en Aiguilles by Serge Lutens

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ciprian View Post
    Fille en Aiguilles by Serge Lutens
    +1 on above. one of the best incense based perfumes.

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    It's not niche, but when I think incense, Dirty English comes to mind

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    If you can find a bottle Norma Kamali Incense, if not you may want to try L'air du desert Marocain.

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    Some of my favorite Incense fragrances that you may think are too churchy:
    by Kilian Incense Oud
    CDG Avignon
    Armani Bois d'Encens
    Montale Full Incense



    Here are some that I love, and don't think the incense would be categorized as churchy:
    Tauer - L'Air Du Dessert Marociain
    Loewe 7 Natural (Loewe 7 is great too, but slightly more churchy)
    Tom Ford Bois Marocain (Very underrated fragrance IMO)
    Amouage Jubilation XXV
    Amouage Memoir Man



    Finally, these are incense fragrances that many seem to love, but I think they smell like an ashtray (I list these because I think Kyoto falls in this category, but you seem to enjoy it):
    Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant
    Tauer Incense Extreme
    Seasonal favorites:

    1. Creed - Spice & Wood
    2. Creed - Aventus
    3. Dior - Vetiver
    4. by Kilian - Incense Oud
    5. Puredistance - Black
    6. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions
    7. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
    8. Brückner - Aoud 1
    9. Creed - Royal English Leather
    10. House of Matriarch - Blackbird

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    You might check out:
    Aedes de Venustas Eau de Parfum (2008, the one made for L'Artisan)
    Comme des Garçons 2 Man
    Kouros
    +Encens Flambouyant
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    Simplex Sigillum Veri

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    Thank you, everyone. Some of the suggestions look really enticing.

    I've tried LDDM (no incense at all on me), Encens Flamboyante (so weak I ciouldn't smell anything at all), Timbuktu and Dzongka.

    I like the look of Preludio D'Oriente, Hindu Kush and L'Eau du Governeur.

    A note to bigsly - I do know what you mean, the pursuit of an unattainable goal can be painful. Neverless, there's a prize, and a price!

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    You might want to try Messe de Minuit-Etro plus Norma Kamali-Incense. Its hard to find but its a knockout as was stated.
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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    I'm a big fan of L'Artisan Passage d'Enfer - beautiful clean incense with an indolic lily.

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    Default Re: I need Basenotes help with a new incense fragrance!

    My first thought here was also Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles. Past the sweet fruit and pine needle opening, a really lovely dry frankincense comes forward and the whole composition takes on a warm and smoldering feel.

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