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    Default i want to blind buy cdg avignon...how do you rate avignon?

    I love incense fragrance, and i want more in my collection..so far i have jubilation xxv... now i'm thinking about blind buying cdg avignon because of all the positive review...how do you rate cdg avignon? Safe blind buy? I love unique, dark, mysterious, mystical fragrance like m7, and black afgano...do you think i will like avignon?
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    Default Re: i want to blind buy cdg avignon...how do you rate avignon?

    Avignon is very impressive and as close to a churchy incense as you could get. I absolutely love it. However, I wouldn't blind buy it if your not familiar with the vibe. It is not in my opinion anything like Jubilation XXV but resembles Montale Full Incense & Heeley Cardinal but a bit denser.

    Also, if you like Amouage Memoir Man this may be right up your alley.

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    Default Re: i want to blind buy cdg avignon...how do you rate avignon?

    Although not my favorite incense scent, it's a very good one IMO and I suspect you will like it. It's a quality scent.
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    Actually i do not like amouage memoir man


    Quote Originally Posted by TNBLUEMIKE View Post
    Avignon is very impressive and as close to a churchy incense as you could get. I absolutely love it. However, I wouldn't blind buy it if your not familiar with the vibe. It is not in my opinion anything like Jubilation XXV but resembles Montale Full Incense & Heeley Cardinal but a bit denser.

    Also, if you like Amouage Memoir Man this may be right up your alley.
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    2. Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan
    3. YSL M7
    4. Serge Lutens - Ambre Sultan
    5. Chanel Egoiste
    6. 24 Gold by Scentstory
    7. Amouage Epic Man
    8. Amouage Jubilation XXV
    9. Bond No. 9 New York Oud
    10. Serge Lutens - Chergui



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    Avignon is, as many have said, very "church incense". I found it to be on the cold and dry end of the incense spectrum. It does not possess the richness and warmth, IMO, of the ones in your top 10 that I have smelled. I like many incense fragrances, but I ended up selling Avignon; it was too austere for me to enjoy wearing.

    It is a well constructed and quality fragrance, but I don't know that I can say "yes, safe blind buy". I'd try it first.
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    Avignon is a milestone in its genre. If smelled today for the first time, it might result a bit restrained though (expecially considering more bombastic incense *soliflore* fragrances such as Sahara Noir or, say, Norma Kamali Incense). With that said, I still think this was groundbreaking and a completely worthy purchase for anyone into this bilbical resin.


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    Default Re: i want to blind buy cdg avignon...how do you rate avignon?

    I never suggest 'blind buys' but if you like a resinous incense, you'll like this one, I suspect.


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    Default Re: i want to blind buy cdg avignon...how do you rate avignon?

    I bling bought it and sold it..
    very likable but did not project like I wanted it to..
    Montale Full Incense is the better of the 2.

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    Default Re: i want to blind buy cdg avignon...how do you rate avignon?

    Since someone said that it smells like memoir man...and i dont like memoir man....i decided to buy the 5 cdg samples from ebay for $15.... getting alll 5 incense samples from the collection...playing it safe this time...

    Comme des garcons Incense Zagorsk
    Comme des garcons Incense Kyoto
    Comme des garcons Incense Avignon
    Comme des garcons Incense Jaisalmer
    Comme des garcons Incense Ourzazate
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    2. Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan
    3. YSL M7
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    6. 24 Gold by Scentstory
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    8. Amouage Jubilation XXV
    9. Bond No. 9 New York Oud
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    Default Re: i want to blind buy cdg avignon...how do you rate avignon?

    Money well-spent. Kyoto is my personal favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by change1 View Post
    how do you rate cdg avignon?
    10 / 10


    Quote Originally Posted by change1 View Post
    Safe blind buy? I love unique, dark, mysterious, mystical fragrance like m7, and black afgano...do you think i will like avignon?
    Not for most, no. But based on what you say you like... I think it would be a fairly safe one.

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    Montale Full Incense is the better of the 2.
    FI is a very close cousin, and certainly worthy also. A very good option.

    I also think Armani Privé Bois d'Encens smells similar, but a little more subdued than Avignon and FI - and more expensive also.

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    Default Re: i want to blind buy cdg avignon...how do you rate avignon?

    Quote Originally Posted by change1 View Post
    Since someone said that it smells like memoir man...and i dont like memoir man....i decided to buy the 5 cdg samples from ebay for $15.... getting alll 5 incense samples from the collection...playing it safe this time...

    Comme des garcons Incense Zagorsk
    Comme des garcons Incense Kyoto
    Comme des garcons Incense Avignon
    Comme des garcons Incense Jaisalmer
    Comme des garcons Incense Ourzazate
    Good call. While I think highly of this line, they aren't "safe" by any means.

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    Default Re: i want to blind buy cdg avignon...how do you rate avignon?

    Great stuff but pretty austere. Very dry and dark. Not terribly expensive as these things go, though.
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    Default Re: i want to blind buy cdg avignon...how do you rate avignon?

    Personally, I like Heeley's Cardinal a little better- even with the price difference, but they are both very close. Cardinal is a little brighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by change1 View Post
    Since someone said that it smells like memoir man...and i dont like memoir man....i decided to buy the 5 cdg samples from ebay for $15....
    Good way to go, but it really doesn't smell anything like Memoir Man at all. Memoir Man is an absinthe scent.

    Outside of the Incense series, Black's got a good incense-y note to it, too.

    Compared to other incense fragrances, (Norma Kamali -- which is pretty much the holy grail), these are fairly easy to like. Even though I love Kyoto and Quarzazate, Avignon just sums up everything they were trying to accomplish so perfectly. It's brilliant scent.

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    Default Re: i want to blind buy cdg avignon...how do you rate avignon?

    Very sweet for a churchy fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gimpy View Post
    Very sweet for a churchy fragrance.
    Avignon's sweet? Are you sure? It's quite bitter to my nose, but is softened by the chamomile.

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    Avignon is a gorgeous scent that I will never be without in my wardrobe.
    My current top ten:
    1. Spice and Wood
    2. Dior Homme Parfum
    3. Tonka Imperiale
    4. Pure Malt
    5. Bois d'Argent
    6. Noir de Noir
    7. Apple Brandy
    8. 5 o'clock au Gingembre
    9. Epic Man
    10.Tobacco Vanille

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    Avignon is the best - can't go wrong with this one. Probably the best from Comme des Garcons.

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    personally rate it very very high. already used 3 bottles of it )

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    Default Re: i want to blind buy cdg avignon...how do you rate avignon?

    A reference caliber incense fragrance that smells nothing like Memoir Man, IMO.
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    Default Re: i want to blind buy cdg avignon...how do you rate avignon?

    Good job getting those samples!

    CdG Avignon is a quality straight forward lemony incense. I have a bottle from a trade though I actually prefer Zagorsk's greener and icier take. Amouage Memoir Man has a lot more going on than incense so comparing the two serves little purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Avignon's sweet? Are you sure? It's quite bitter to my nose, but is softened by the chamomile.
    Yes its quite sweet to me (vanilla). I find Cardinal and full incense more balanced and less sweet.

    L'Eau Trois (my favorite incense) is what I'd classify as a bitter incense.

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    I have tested Avignon so many times but never purchased. I prefer Messe de Minuit or Passage L'Enfer for an incense shot.

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    Default Re: i want to blind buy cdg avignon...how do you rate avignon?

    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    Avignon's sweet? Are you sure? It's quite bitter to my nose, but is softened by the chamomile.
    Quote Originally Posted by gimpy View Post
    Yes its quite sweet to me (vanilla). I find Cardinal and full incense more balanced and less sweet.
    I bought a range of incense samples and ended up buying Avignon. Sprayed from the bottle, though, I found it more sweet and vanilla-y than the more "serious" feel of the sample. (Though still in the context of being mostly incense and cold stone.) Now when I wear Avignon I always put a dab of my remaining Full Incense sample on top, which knocks that powdery, vanilla sweetness down just right.

    deadidol, your observation is interesting, though. I wonder if what I'm really smelling is not powder and vanilla but rather the combination of the cold, dusty stone floor effect with the light sweetness of chamomile. Guess I have some homework.

    And to the OP: Good thinking to get the sampler set. I hope you find one (or three ) you love.

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    I own NK Incense, which to me is in a different league. Of course Jubilation XXV, Heeley Cardinal & Montale Full Incense are top notch as well.

    From the CdG Incense series, I like Zagorsk & Kyoto (followed by Jaisalmer) much better than Avignon.

    Armani Privé Bois d'Encens which i own, is not worth the price though...

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    I'd be more inclined to get Kyoto than Avignon.

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