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    Default 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.

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    Kilian Insence Oud.

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    Montale Full Incense

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    Josef Statkus, Heeley Cardinal and all the CdG Series 3 fragrances are worth trying.

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    Default Re: Seeking an incense fragrance

    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.

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    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.

    cacio

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    Villoresi Incensi
    L'Artisan Passage d'Enfer

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    Quote Originally Posted by OctaVariuM View Post
    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?
    If I could only have one I'd have to choose Avignon. I haven't tested FeA enough to have much of an opinion.

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    Messe de Minuit

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    Default Re: Seeking an incense fragrance

    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.

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    CdG Series 3 fragrances

    great and cheap to get

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    Bond no.9, Silver Factory.

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    Montale Full Incense
    +1

    Also L'Air du Desert Marocain

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    Amouage Opus VI

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    For an upliftingly aquaeous take on incense try Holy Water by La Via del Profumo.

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    Default Re: Seeking an incense fragrance

    Quote Originally Posted by PalmBeach View Post
    Kilian Insence Oud.
    This one for sure...
    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) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

    6) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz)
    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

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    Default Re: Seeking an incense fragrance

    Just so everyone knows, I ordered samples from luckyscent of Kyoto, Avignon, and Full Incense.

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    You need to try Bois D'incense from the Armani Privé line.

    Luca Turin's review:
    http://books.google.nl/books?id=8a-Q...tput=html_text

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    Timbuktu

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    Default Re: Seeking an incense fragrance

    Quote Originally Posted by OctaVariuM View Post
    Just so everyone knows, I ordered samples from luckyscent of Kyoto, Avignon, and Full Incense.
    I didn't think of this until now, but I started a thread in this forum on Nov. 9th entitled"incense". Basically asking for advice, just like you, and I received lots of replies. You might look at that thread if you're still searching.

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    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.

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    Amouage Interlude Man.
    The sense of smell, like a faithful counsellor, foretells its character.

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    Robert Piguet's "Casbah": pure Catholic church during the High Mass
    otherwise: Spiritus Land by Miller et Bertaux.

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrè Moreau View Post
    Robert Piguet's "Casbah": pure Catholic church during the High Mass
    otherwise: Spiritus Land by Miller et Bertaux.
    I haven't tried either of these and I really ought to. I've heard so much about them both.
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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.

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    Definitely give Sonoma Scent Studio's Incense Pure a try.

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    Jubilation XXV?

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    Epic +1
    Kilian Incense oud +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrem View Post
    You need to try Bois D'incense from the Armani Privé line.

    Luca Turin's review:
    http://books.google.nl/books?id=8a-Q...tput=html_text
    +1 on Bois d'Encens. Remarkable frag, utterly distinctive, very exclusive.

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    Interlude Man or Encens Mythique d'Orient, really addictive

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    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.

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    Avignon is the real thing. Cardinal is also good.

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    Default Re: Seeking an incense fragrance

    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.

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    If you can find it. Viktor and Rolf Antidote was one of my favorites.

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    Default Re: Seeking an incense fragrance

    Quote Originally Posted by CompassRose View Post

    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.
    Not any more, splits are filled and with only a couple of the 200ml bottles left, not going to risk doing a third.

    I do agree, this is the quintessential incense fragrances.

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    Zirh Ikon

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    Also interlude, gorgeous incense.

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    My favorites are Andy Tauer Incense Extreme, Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant and Heeley Cardinal. Micallef Shanaan is quite nice too.

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    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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