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Thread: Seeking an incense fragrance
I've been making my fair share of help threads lately, but I thought I'd ask for advice on an incense based fragrance. I'm 21 and in college if it matters, but I've always loved incense as a scent, and I've found I've liked it in most fragrances it's in that I've smelled.
I know I like Memoir Man by Amouage and Black Amber by Agonist, but neither speaks to me as a must buy, so I thought I'd get opinions on what to sample so I may get one in the future.
Kilian Insence Oud.
Montale Full Incense
Josef Statkus, Heeley Cardinal and all the CdG Series 3 fragrances are worth trying.
Thanks for the quick names. I was definitely considering Kyoto or Avignon. Is there one that is better out of the #3 series? Or, perhaps one best to try first?
How about Fille en Aiguilles by Serge Lutens? I've heard a lot of good things and the note break down sounds like it's made for me since I love pine and incense.
The CDGs are more straightforward incenses, in different styles. Avignon is catholic churchy, Zagorsk has a touch of pine and wood - these two are my favorites. The other two are woodier and spicier. In the straightforward category I'd also single out the Montale and Jub XXV.
FeA is excellent, and pretty much as you describe it, conifers, woods, and incense. Almost Christmasy, if you will. It's not a straightforward incense, but the two components have equal weights. For other examples, CDG2 man is a fresher take on incense, incense, lemon, and snuffed candles.
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Messe de Minuit
I've been sampling Avignon and REALLY like it. It is an austere, dry, but fundamentally satisfying scent. When I wear it, I spend most of the day sniffing my wrists. My watch band, which is leather, is now infused with Avignon. I plan to sample the entire series, but Avignon is definitely on my "whole bottle" list.
Bond no.9, Silver Factory.
For an upliftingly aquaeous take on incense try Holy Water by La Via del Profumo.
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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
Just so everyone knows, I ordered samples from luckyscent of Kyoto, Avignon, and Full Incense.
My favorite incense fragrance is Profvmvm Olibanum.
Still can't bring myself to spring for a bottle tho...my 5ml decant will last me a good while as a little goes a long way.
Amouage Interlude Man.
The sense of smell, like a faithful counsellor, foretells its character.
Robert Piguet's "Casbah": pure Catholic church during the High Mass
otherwise: Spiritus Land by Miller et Bertaux.
My top incense frags - and I have a lot:
Incense Pure by Sonoma Scent Studio
Olibanum by Profumum
Avignon by Comme des Garcons
Bois d'Ascese by Naomi Goodsir
I like Ouarzazate by CdG almost as much as Avignon (Avignon is colder while Ouarzazate is warmer but they both have a killer incense base). I also like pretty much any Amouage and would recommend it but to me it's not as focused on the incense as it has so many supportive notes. Also, Guerlain's Bois d'Armenie is an unusual take on benzoin with a vanilla-ish incense note.
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You already have several suggestions already but my vote goes with Amouage Epic Man. This stuff is superb. Not overpowering or weak and the incense is cleverly blended with other fine ingredients too.
Definitely give Sonoma Scent Studio's Incense Pure a try.
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Interlude Man or Encens Mythique d'Orient, really addictive
There is always the infamous Normal Kamali Incense.
Avignon and Zagorsk would be the choice for a good, all round incense. IF you wish to look further afield, may I suggest Black Tourmaline by Olivier Durbano. Amouage Opus VI has a fresh, green frankincense, as does Olibanum, but beware, Olibanum does not last long and is horribly expensive. The same goes for Bois d'Encens - quality, but poor projection. Memoir is good, but as you have noted, not necessarily "whole bottle" candidates.
I was advised on Cale Preludio d'Oriente and it is a lovely bergamot and frankincense fragrance, and well worth trying. So much so that it will be the next incense purchase after my bottle of Avignon runs out.
Avignon is the real thing. Cardinal is also good.
I tried a whole lot of incense fragrances, although I find I tend to like Incense! Fragrances! rather than fragrances which might, somewhere, have something allegedly resinous in them.
I was disappointed in the entire range of CdG incenses; all the ones but Avignon smell like heavily adulterated stick incense at best, and Avignon is too loaded with Iso-E Super and after a few wears (while thinking about it) I decided that all it made me think of was Tide.
The Montale Full Incense is a richer rounder iteration of the frankincensey Avignon ilk; I liked it better (but was allergic to it). I actually bought a travel spray of the Sonoma Scent Studios Incense Pure; at first I found it a bit over-ambered, but it's quite wearable, with a sunny, warm, honeyed vibe.
I didn't find Messe de Minuit, at least the current one, to have anything to do with incense at all (but then, I didn't smell anything remotely incensey in Memoir Man or Opus VI either, and I was allergic to both of those too).
My love of the Norma Kamali is well documented, and it's very, very incensey, with a deep roughness and authority to it that hasn't been present in any of the others I tried. (Ah, copal!) It must be ex-Catholics classing all the frankincense-based frags as having "dark" or "creepy" vibes, because I've always thought of frankincense as being extremely bright and sunny in feeling. I know Palm Beach is trying to push his splits (grin) but the vintage NK in my opinion IS very worthwhile as a quintessential incense if that's what you want.
If you can find it. Viktor and Rolf Antidote was one of my favorites.
Also interlude, gorgeous incense.
My favorites are Andy Tauer Incense Extreme, Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant and Heeley Cardinal. Micallef Shanaan is quite nice too.
Modern Givenchy Gentlemen reminds me of a insence and is economical to be had and easy to find a sample of.
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