Thread: In Search of most divine Incense
"What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.
I am a big fan of incense scents. My favorite is AG Encens Flamboyant. Fantastic cold weather scent.
I can't imagine your list being complete with L'artisan's Passage D'enfer.
Sounds like a magnificent list. I'd love to smell everything on it!
"I was going to marry Diba," Fizur the guard laments. Mindful of her neck's peril, Diba speaks, "But, but ... if he's the sultan, doesn't he get first rights since we're both his subjects?" Yasmin replies, "No, ius primae noctis is only in feudal England. Here, you'd have to be in the harem, which you're not. Anyway, I sent them all home." Walad's eyes widen. "You disbanded my harem?" Yasmin says, "Of course! If I fail to produce a male heir, you can have them back." Walad manages not to bellow, "How, in the circumstances, are we to produce an heir?" Good question. Yasmin decides to say nothing, reaches for another perfume, sniffs and passes the vial around.
Montale Full Incense. "Oh, oh, oh! Another divine one," Yasmin exclaims. They don't notice the rumble that occurs. Perturbed, Walad takes it from her. "Yes, it is accomplished. Interesting that you picked Montale Jamin Full as your favorite before." Confused, Diba's brother sniffs. "It smells good, perhaps very good, but that is beside the point!" Firuz grabs the vial in order to distract the brother. "Yasmin, my sultana, if my opinion matters, I agree. This, too, is an incense for gods and kings." This time they hear the rumble, but ignore it. Swiftly I look up the notes: Cedar, labdanum, patchouli, elemi, Somali incense. "Isn't that the same kind as in Bois d'Ascese?" Yasmin asks. "This Montale is also truly divine." Too late they hear a whoosh from the ocean and Aphrodite appears, gleaming but furious. " All three men fall instantly in love and, forgetting Yasmin and Diba, rush to Aphrodite's side, grabbing random jewels and scarves and flowers to present to the Goddess of Love. "Did I not advise you to refrain from calling things that aren't me divine? "Humph" Yasmin says. She grabs Diba, grabs the chest of perfume vials, leaves the tent and finds her Arabian horse. Together, she and Diba mount and ride away.
Tauer's L'Air du Désert Marocain. They reach an oasis in the desert. Yasmin and Diba dismount and by a sparkling pond lay the rug from the Arabian's back. Conveniently, the horse was laden with sacks of bread, wine, and cheese for a picnic Yasmin and Walad were to take and the oasis has plenty of fruit trees. Diba spreads out the feast for her mistress and stands, eyes cast down. Yasmin invites her to sit then speaks. "Tell me what happened and I want the truth, Diba." Diba pales and Yasmin hands her a glass of wine which Diba drinks a good amount of then begins, "He came to my tent. He took me in my sleep." Yasmin peers into her face. "You were fully asleep?" Diba blushes and Yasmin slaps her. "Mistress," Diba says, "He has abandoned us both for Aphrodite." When they finish weeping, Yasmin invites her to eat. Then to avoid talking, they sniff. "Ah mistress," Diba says, "to be a sultana and smell such things all day." Yasmin replies, "It reminds me of this oasis -- citrus and flowers and woods, a bit of spice. It reminds me of my lost home, redolent with smells fit for a palace. It does have a slight sharpness, like the newly-cut cedar when it arrives. Yet this shall be one of my favorites, too." Yasmin eyes Diba. "What was the sex like?" Shocked, Diba responds, "Mistress, we are not alone." Together they stare out at Basenotes. "Yes, I forget they are there." Diba whispers, "I'll tell you later."
[By the way, Yasmin says to me. My favorites so far are: Blackbird, Bois d'Ascese, NK Incense and these two]
Last edited by ScentFan; 21st January 2014 at 12:08 AM. Reason: narrow results based on further sniffing
Sahara Noir Tom Ford. "I thought I'd sniffed this, but no," Yasmin says. "My goodness! This scent has no volume. How dare they send it to a sultana." She tosses it to Diba. "You can have it." Diba smirks and Yasmin knows why. Diba has been with Yasmin's sultan. She doesn't care about a weak perfume. Yasmin bides her time. She will deal with Diba. Yet, is it really Diba's fault? Every female in the kingdom dreams of Walad. He is the betrayer, not Diba. But can a man who has (or, rather, had) a harem really not betray the one he weds? Besides, Yasmin has refused him. To stop thinking, she keeps sniffing.
Profumo Olibanum. "Mmmm. A bit light, but I don't dislike it," Yasmin says. I look it up: incense, myrrh, orange blossom, sandalwood. Yasmin says, "It's quite pleasant, but I think my nose is starting to feel suffocated." Suddenly they hear horses' hooves. Walad, Fizur and the brother ride up. "Now I'm in for it," Diba says. "Quick," Yasmin replies, "Another scent."
Serge Lutens de Profundis. "I smell flowers," Yasmin says. She runs to the men as they dismount. "Here, smell." I look it up: the scent of chrysanthemums and incense. "Interesing and strange," says Walad, "but aren't you mad at me?" Yasmin glares. "Not about Aphrodite. She casts spells. We mortals have no defense. About Diba? Yes!" Diba is cowering behind Yasmin's back, but her brother reaches around, grabs her and puts his hands around her throat. Yasmin screams. Walad pulls his scimitar. "Sultan Walad," the brother cries. "You know it is my right, no my duty, to end my family's dishonor by taking her life. No one may touch her but me or our father. We must be the ones to do the deed." Walad raises his scimitar. "Smite her and I smite you. I did not touch her. I did not enter her tent. You are not dishonored. At least not by me." Everyone stares at Diba. Confused, Firuz says, "But I thought I saw you, my sultan." Walad replies, "You did not." Diba is released. Walad lowers his scimitar. Everyone knows he never lies. Diba gasps in air. Yasmin sighs.
Exhausted, they all turn in for the night.
As an aside, I think I need to figure out what opoponax smells like, as what I thought it smelled like has been coming to me in scents that apparently contain none (this one just slightly, but Tobacco Oud I could have sworn had it in it).
Must say I never managed to love the TF private blend line. I got samples in and was so underwhelmed I couldn't manage to write about them. The only ones that struck me were Santal Blush and Jasmine Rouge. Also the TF Amber Absolute, which I found somewhere. Sahara Noir barely registers to my nose. How would you characterize the TF line, deadidol?
Incidentally, Hedonist pointed out that Sahara Noir was just a limited release outside of the UAE and it should still be available there in the same way that London is only available in London. So, not great news but not totally awful either.
Will have to put Sahara Noir on my test list!
Here’s my updated list, beginning with the yet-to-be-sniffed. 17 down, 40 to go. Asterisks indicate favorites so far. Ordered a few extra Tiziana Terenzis in and just sniffed them. Lovely, lovely! Perhaps I’ll end up a mostly niche perfumista.
To be sniffed
Absolue Pour Le Soir
Amouage Memoir Woman
Annick Goutal Les Orientalistes Encens Flamboyant
April Aromatics Bohemian Spice
April Aromatics Calling All Angels
Armani/Prive Bois d’Encens
Barkhane Teo Cabanel
By Kilian Incense Oud
Cartier Panthere d' Cartier
Comme des Garcons 2 Man
Comme des Garcons Series 3 Incense – Avignon
Comme des Garcons Series 3 Incense - Kyoto
CoSTUME National Scent Intense
Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme
Guerlain Myrrhe & Delires
Guerlain Encens Mythique D’Orient
Guerlain L’Art et La Matiere Bois d’Arménie
Il Profumo Incens Epices
Joseph Statkus Eau de Parfum
Jovoy La Liturgie des Heures
Jovoy Lys Epona
L’Artisan Dzongkha (FB)
L’Artisan Passage D'enfer
L’Artisan Timbuktu (FB)
L'Occitane Eau des Baux
Le Labo Cuir 28
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Coloyne Pour Le Soir
Nasomatto Black Afgano
Parfum d'Empire Cuir Ottoman
PK Perfumes Pentecost
Profumum Ambra Aurea
Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure EdP
Tauer Incense Rose
Tiziana Terenzi Ecstasy
Tom Ford Amber Absolute
Amouage Epic Man
Amouage Interlude Man
Frederick Malle Dans Tes Bras
*House of Matriarch Blackbird
Lorenzo Villoresi Incensi
*Montale Full Incense
*Naomi Goodsir, Bois d’Ascèse (couldn't wait, already ordered)
*Norma Kamali Incense
Robert Piguet Casbah
Serge Lutens de Profundis
Serge Lutens Serge Noir
Tom Ford Sahara Noir
*Tauer L’Air du Desert Morocain
Tauer Perfumes Incense Extreme EdP
Scentfan a request please - is it possible to create a hyperlinked index in the first post of all that you have tested?
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tools. The one just to the right of the emoticon icons is the one you'd use to make a link. Highlight whatever word it is you want to hyperlink to, click that button, and then insert the link -- which in the case would be the post #. To get the post number, click on the number and you'll get a dedicated URL that you would enter. For example: A hyperlink to your Sahara Noir post might look like this.
To be honest, this is a massive amount of work and blackheart might be better served to just use the search function that the thread has built in -- which is what it's there for.
Frankincense is resinous with a subtle citric bitterness to it. It can vary quite a bit depending on the extraction, but that's the general profile.
Opoponax, however, is more camphorous and leafy smelling. If you know galbanum at all, it's closer to that. It's more stemmy and medicinal than frankincense.
Cistus is similar to Opoponax, but is slightly sweeter with a little bit of a powdery feel to it. It's not quite as sharp as opoponax.
Myrrh will vary quite a bit depending on the extraction, but in general it's a subtle, earthy resin that actually has a little bit of a soil / gravel tone to it.
Styrax is a creamy, subtley vanillic note that gives amber much of its character. It smells a little chemical, like varnish.
Benzoin is creamy, with a subtle tonka note to it. It's also a key player in amber, but is more subdued.
Labdanum is like a tamer version of styrax, leaning more toward benzoin.
Cypriol will sometimes make an appearance in incense blends too, and it's a resin that you'd recognize as central to many oud fragrances.
They all have variations depending on where they were harvested and by what methods, but in general, that's what the key players for incense smell like. Hope that helps!
I'm enjoying reading every bit of this thread. Thank you ScentFan.
Hypocrites will always be a thorn in my back....and my middle finger will always be the best remedy.....
Hypocrites will always be a thorn in my back....and my middle finger will always be the best remedy.....
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