Kilian Insence Oud.
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.
L'Artisan Passage d'Enfer
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.
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
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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Kilian Incense oud +1
Interlude Man or Encens Mythique d'Orient, really addictive