Sometimes I find dabbing from samples makes a fragrance much flatter. I have a dabber and sprayer CDG 2 Man bottle and I love how different they smell when applied. It doesn't last very long though, maybe a half hour. I'm going to try dabbing today to see if I can grab more incense from this. Definitely try spraying Black a few times. I think you'll be able to pull that liquorice note off the top and vetiver in the middle and get a more transitional version. I do agree that all three fragrances share that dry vibe. However, I'm not a big fan of Avignon because I think it's too sharp, cold and stark. Black is more warm, tary and pungent. Just my opinion. And I enjoy reading yours :-) Thank you for sharing!