You read things about spicy scents such as "it smells like pumpkin pie" or "it smells like Christmas." If you keep sampling and studying the scents you start to recognize the notes and your mind begins to "deconstruct" the scent when you spray it on, rather than your mind just making a snap decision based upon previous experience with smells that are complex (as opposed to something like an orange). The original Kouros has a clean musk/smoke quality that "cuts" the animalic elements, providing balance and dynamism. That version is basically a niche scent today, not for the "masses," excerpt for those who are seeking something very different from what's at the local dept. store. There are many dry wood scents with an incense feel, but you really should sample several to see what works. Some can seem great the first couple wearings but then they may make you feel ill or dizzy at some point. I suggest Trend Lui by Les Copains because it's softer and less "chemical" smelling than something like Encre Noire.