Thread: Transparent radiance
I've lately come around to L'Artisan Timbuktu, which I'm finally appreciating for a sort of smooth, sheer, shimmering quality which feels strangely both contemplative but also fresh and crisp. I used to find it very similar to CdG Kyoto (and, granted, they DO share similarities, not the least of which is Duchaufour as perfumer), and I think in the past I expected it to be darker and more resinous, given my expectations of "incense." It's likely time to grab a bottle.
This shimmering, radiant, crisp, transparent quality fascinates me. It's an effect I also get from Comme des Garçons 2 edp, Givenchy Insense, Troisieme Homme, and Coriolan. In the case of Timbuktu, it's especially interesting to experience this quality combined with an incense feel.
Interestingly, I'd also put Jubilation XXV here, as it's lighter and more sheer than its rich ingredients and opulent-leaning house would suggest. It wears lightly and elegantly on me (though by "light" I don't mean faint, as its presence is distinct. It's just not "thick.")
My question is, does anyone else sense the similarity between these fragrances? And what else would fall into this group for you?
I like Timbuktu with it's incense aroma is just timeless. It does wear lightly though; not a heavy scent.
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Hi there! "Shimmering, radiant, crisp, transparent" are all qualities that I love. TryMaison Francis Kurkdjian Lumiere Noire. Homme or Femme. Try both if you can. Both gorgeous.
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I agree on a common signature of Timbuktu, Jub XXV and the CDG incenses - that background radiance given by who knows what synthetic combo. Duchafour and Buxton apparently owe something to each other (Buxton did many CDG, including CDG2).
I do not get a similar feel from Insense or Troisieme, though they are certainly very intense. A recent perfume I've found especially radiant is Malle Portrait of a Lady, though, again, I'm not sure what synthetics account for its atmosphere.
I suppose part of what I mean by radiance is a definite presence, or strength of presence, without feeling heavy. Sunlight can dazzle but it's weightless. My wearings of Timbuktu so far have been almost like a shimmering mirage; I don't feel like I'm surrounded by a thick cloud, but rather sheets of light which here and there appear, and are then gone again, only to reappear brightly a few minutes later.
I may have been wrong to put Insense and Troisieme Homme in this category. I think it's more that both of those scents remind me of CdG2 and Timbuktu because of their crisp "high" notes and a "sheer" feeling. Not sure how else to describe that aspect.
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I suspect you could be picking up on the incense note which can certainly be described as radiant, crisp and transparent. But that you also find it in Troisieme however baffles me.