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    Could we enshrine this one somewhere for future reference pls?
    Sure! Go for it.

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    Would be able to spare a couple more minutes and give as an example fragrance of your favourite for each of these variants? Just a thought...
    Sure! I'll be gone most of the day, but I'll try and do it when I get home later tonight / tomorrow. I actually use a few different kinds myself (especially of frankincense, but myrrh also), but I could jot down the one's I find to be "reference" materials.

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    Wow, thanks, deadidol. Now that I see your description of opoponax, I'm proud of my student nose. I started to say camphor, then wasn't sure I knew what camphor smells like, so opted for eucalyptus instead. Thanks, also, for the tip on dilution. I totally second rum's thought. I'd love examples of good frags in which these ingredients star. Thanks tdwctdwc. I'll keep plugging away. It's really a joy. Xscent, Bois d'Ascese haunted me. I kept returning to it and had to buy. I'll catch up with you on Lutens. I've collected all the samples and plan a Lutens sniff fest, of course!

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    Great thread. There are a lot of recent releases I haven't got to yet but this is an old pic of some of my favourites. As has been pointed out 'Incense' can cover a fairly broad swathe of stuff beyond just frankincense driven compositions . . .

    Of the more western 'churchy' ones I like Avignon, mainly because it's an original - the pebble that started the avalanche in some ways. I did a few days of comparing Encens Flamboyante (moist, innocent young nun) with Bois d'Encens (dry, tight-lipped old priest) but over the last year or two I have come to really enjoy Bois d'Encens as a room scent - they spray it with gay abandon at the Giorgio Armani flagship here and it smells just GREAT.

    Memoir Man is a fantastic brooding Heathcliffian use of frankincense . . . way more 'profane' than 'sacrée'.

    Les Nereides Opoponax is superb - you can get real insight into the workings of both Shalimar and Habit Rouge by wearing this one. Diptyque's Eau Lente is also great - the opoponax surfaces once the clovey accord up front fades (their Opoponax Room Spray is magnificent, BTW). I also really like the use of opoponax as a major part of the foundation of Interlude Man.

    I recently bought Bois d'Armenie - terrific, solid and also a fun take on the actual paper strips. I think Myrrhe et Delires is a sleeper - wonderful summer friendly use of myrrh. I don't like what they did with myrrh in Eau Sauvage Parfum, though - not sure what the idea was there at all.

    Balsamo della Mecca is probably the most evocative off the lot for me, even though I haven't been within a thousand miles of Mecca. It's a masterpiece of storytelling.

    LADDM, Angeliques Encens and Opus VI all qualify as 'sort of incense' worth a look IMO, altho they strike me as more ambers. They are personal favourites, each and every one.

    The recent Encens Mythique from Guerlain is great altho to me it's more a play on ambergris (and pure unbridled sex) than incense.

    The way Vero Kern tucks some benzoin way, way underneath Mito EdP is also a treat - it's such a versatile note. One day I hope to get my hands on the Prada exclusive Benjoin to see what that's all about - if anyone knows it please spill the beans!
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    Many thanks, mr. reasonable. I think Timbuktu is the only one in that pic that I presently own. What is the other L'Artisan?

    Off ordering a sample of Balsamo della Mecca!

    And also Tawaf!
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    Two more before I seek nourishment. In alpha order, skipping for now those not yet arrived.


    Amouage Memoir Woman. A just lovely orangey/floral top note. On the skin this turns more beautiful as the incense and woods rise, and blend. The notes are: Absynth, cardamom, mandarin orange, pink pepper, wormwood, clove, incense, pepper, jasmine, rose, white flowers, musk, french labdanum, oak moss, styrax, leather. It's a complex scent that so far works. Rising from sleep, Yasmin takes it from me and at first is pleased. "Theoretically I should love this, but something breaks the spell. Perhaps the absynth." Not sure what that smells like, so I look it up. An anise-flavored spirit. "I'm on the fence,” she says. "This is very good, but perhaps not great and greatness is what I seek,” she looks at the sleeping Walad, “in both perfumes and in men.” She looks at me. “Is he innocent?” I say nothing. Authors can’t spill the beans to the characters. That would be no fun at all.

    Annick Goutal Les Orientalistes Encens Flamboyant. “How magical,” Yasmin says. I agree. Sniffing the bottle yields a whiff of bright pleasure. On paper, it settles into an almost citrusy incense bouquet. On skin is where the magic starts, the scent deepening and becoming hypnotic while retaining its incense identity. What’s in it? Top notes are incense, pink pepper, pepper and red berries; middle notes are nutmeg, incense, cardamom and sage; base notes are balsam fir, incense and mastic or lentisque. Shocked to find not a single flower. The sweetness comes from the berries and the mellowness from the cardamom. I wouldn’t have expected to love such a perfume, but I do. “Me, too,” Yasmin agrees.

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    Would be able to spare a couple more minutes and give as an example fragrance of your favourite for each of these variants? Just a thought...
    I misread this post, rum, and thought you were referring to the materials themselves. Some of these notes are hard to detect in fragrance blends, some are notes that really would only work well when deeply blended, but here's a few:

    Frankincense is well represented in Sahara Noir. That's pretty much all this fragrance does, but it does it extremely well.

    Opoponax is such a strong note that I can't think of any scents that really foreground it—it needs to be relegated to a degree. For example, in Les Nereides' Imperial Opoponax, you get more of a citrus amber than the kind of camphor note that opoponax projects. You might be better off sniffing the opening notes of Opus VII which is a powerful galbanum. That's probably a little closer.

    Cistus really varies, and again, I can't think of anything that foregrounds it, but you'll often find it side by side with frankincense as it carries a similarly bitter charge. With that said, Labdanum (the resin from the same plant) is used quite often, but is well featured in Norma Kamali Incense (alongside styrax, copal, myrrh etc.) The kind of turpenic, almost chemical scent that the Kamali gives off is largely the result of styrax and labdanum.

    Benzoin is more of a middle / base and is somewhat undetectable in a complex mix, as is myrrh, so neither are that well represented as featured notes. Both benzoin and myrrh transition outside of the incense genre quite easily, showing up in a number of the Slumberhouse scents as well as scents by Lush. If you can get your hands on it, Le Labo's new (ish) Benjoin 19 is a benzoin-fest, but MFK's AplS has quite a bit, too. Myrrh tends to sit underneath other notes, but if you spray Slumberhouse's Vikt or Zahd onto a test strip, you'll get a good whiff of the stuff. Also, Jovoy's La Liturgie des Heures brings a number of these notes together quite well, too.

    For cypriol / nagarnotha, your best bet is to look toward almost any western oud scent as that's going to be a key player.

    Again, with some of these notes, they're not ideally suited for a feature, and with others, they make better bases than anything.

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    For cypriol / nagarnotha, your best bet is to look toward almost any western oud scent as that's going to be a key player.
    Apologies for a swift hijack, but... deadidol, is there a lot of cypriol in AdP Colonia Intensa Oud? Something that smells like freshly milled larch planks, perhaps?

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    Thanks for replying with such detail, DI. Really appreciate the time and effort you put in to this.

    I can certainly imagine what opoponax is as I think I am getting it in Villoresi's Sandalo although it is hard to separate that note in my head from the rosewood and sandalwood which are both prominent in there.

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    .....What is your favorite?......
    Michel Almairac's Bois d'Encens (Armani Prive)

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    Michel Almairac's Bois d'Encens (Armani Prive)
    By coincidence, it is in the next installment. I'm just about to sniff it for the first time.

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    Lulling sounds of a sitar reach Walad from a distant oasis. Waking, he resolves to face these gods who beset them. He slips out, finds his horse and gallops to the shore, there demanding that Aphrodite show herself. She rises and he kneels, spreading the yellow-white flowers of the linden tree on the water in offering. "You bring my favorite flower? Why?" she asks. "To beseech you. You are too lovely to so vilely destroy us." Aphrodite frowns. Uh-oh.

    April Aromatics Bohemian Spice. Redolent spicy top. Makes me think of mince meat or pumpkin pie being baked by a beautifully-perfumed chef. Unfortunately, too much sniffing and this will make me sneeze. The website says it’s their most complex perfume. "From the opening exotic spices are mingling with the citrus fruit. In the heart woods and oriental spices blended with incense from Oman and Highland Lavender reveal a certain spirituality. Sandalwood and vetiver dance to the music of a tambourine, wild and free. Patchouli connects us with mother earth and gives the scent an immense power. The use of a special soft and subtle gourmand vanilla accord, unique creation of April Aromatics, brings a strong tenacity into the base and helps to carry top and middle notes along the journey."

    April Aromatics Calling All Angels
    . Ah! Angels would certainly have to come for this creamy top not. Do I recognize opoponax? Not sure. Oh, no! I can’t keep my nose there long enough to tell. From the website: "Incense, Labdanum, Tonka Bean, Vanilla Accord, Benzoin, Elemi Resin, Frankincense, Amber Accord, (from natural essential oils), Honey Accord, Precious Woods Accord,Opoponax, Rose Otto, Love and Angel Guidance?” Yasmin takes both strips from my hand, says she’s choking, and refuses to put them on. Ah well. Those not easily asphyxiated should give them both a try.

    Armani/Prive Bois d’Encens. Shucks. My nose is disabled by the previous two. Will have to come back to this one. Besides, Walad is about to return. Before he reaches the oasis, a breeze stirs and Diba feels compelled to slip away. Behind a palm she finds what appears to be Walad and with no words he once again embraces her. She is swept into haunting bliss, oblivious to all but an inner fire sweetly building. What mortal can resist a god’s caress? She does not hear the approach of Fizur, of her brother (who needs a name) and Yasmin -- doesn’t hear Yasmin’s heartbroken sob. His deed complete, the faux Walad flees and the real one happens to arrive, dismount, and walk into the scene — Diba swooning in the sand, Yasmin weeping, the brother reaching for Fizur’s one-handed scimitar and, with a roar, flying toward Diba and Walad.

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    The characters seem preoccupied and one doesn't have a name, so I'll sniff in their stead.

    Armani/Prive Bois d’Encens. A softly smoky aroma drifts up my nose. Incense predominates, perhaps there's cedar. It's quite nice, doesn't offend. Putting some on. It's mild and mellow. Notes: labdanum, vetiver, cedar, spice, Somalian incense (I'm really liking this ingredient). It's an elegant fragrance. Not sure it stands out enough for a buy, but it's definitely earned a place in the final sniff-off.

    Barkhane Teo Cabanel. An only slightly brasher offering. I think I smell a floral, but faintly. This one also has elegant appeal. There's something musty and possibly sneeze-inducing here, though. On skin, it's also mellow. Notes: Top note is calabrian bergamot; middle notes are cumin, geranium and curry tree; base notes are patchouli, vetiver, agarwood (oud), labdanum, myrrh, tonka bean, vanilla and musk. I contrast it with the simplicity of Bois d'Encens. Perhaps a few too many ingredients here? For me it's not a buy, but many would like this I'm sure.

    By Kilian Incense Oud. Love the citrusy top note. The oud is clear, but civilized. I'm thinking there's jasmine? Let's see. Notes: Top notes are geranium, cardamom, pink pepper and rose; middle notes are patchouli, virginia cedar, papyrus and methyl pamplemousse; base notes are musk, french labdanum, sandalwood, oak moss, incense and agarwood (oud). Nope, it was geranium and rose. Citrus is grapefruit. Here the complexity appeals. I'm captivated by the oak moss, the florals and the sandalwood. Nothing clashes. Together they say: just buy me. I might. It goes in the finals.

    With only two scents left in this installment, let's check in with the characters. We need another Persian male name. Abbas? Okay, that's the brother.

    Walad is the only one who's figured things out. He knows they're victims of the god's whims, and that he'll never convince the others to ignore the evidence of their eyes. As Abbas flies, scimitar in hand, to murder his sinful sister, Walad steps forward and cries, "Diba, I marry you! Mashallah!" Having awakened from her swoon and seen she's about to die, Diba cries, "Mashallah! I accept." Stunned, Abbas pauses. Walad declares. "With two witnesses and her male kin present, the marriage is valid. She is my second wife! Put down your sword." Abbas drops it, sobbing in relief not to have to kill the sister he loves. Firuz unbuckes his scimitar's um...sheath?...throws down the tassled cap that identifies him as the sultan's private guard, and stalks out of the (forgot where we are) the area, having lost his future wife. As for Yasmin, she can weep no more. She returns to the tent she once shared with only Walad, but now must share with Diba, her former maid -- at least until they fetch a new shelter grand enough for a sultan's wife. To console herself she sniffs the above perfumes, agrees with me, then sniffs two more, thinking.

    Caron Yatagan. By coincidence this next one is named after a Turkish saber. Its peppery top note is fit accompaniment for a life made spicy by fortune. For me, Yatagan is so peppery it makes me think of a steak a poivre filet mignon. On paper the pepper dies down, but on skin it smells like steak at pre-sizzle. There are other elements, surely: woods, musk or amber, perhaps a floral. Notes per luckyscent: Pine, fennel, basil, Artemisia, oak moss, musk, castoreum, wood. I just can't believe there's no spice and what is Artemisia? Looking it up: Wormwood. Don't have any to smell. Ten minutes and the pepper has almost vanished. Maybe my nose is off tonight. "This is a man's scent vs unisex," Yasmin says. "I agree."

    Cartier Panthere d' Cartier. Arrives the panther. Yasmin almost passes out. Rich, rich, deeply luxurious, seductive. If there's incense in this classic floriental, it's just a dab. Who cares what's in it? It goes in the finals. Heck, I may have to buy it before the day's out. This is a grand perfume, utterly perfect for women wearing that hunk of gold, onyx emerald and diamond fashioned into Cartier's signature panther ring. "Ring?" Yasmin says as Walad enters. He replies, "The Cartier panther is a grand and ostentatioius bauble. You may have it, but why would a precious gem like you want such a thing?" Yasmin glowers. "Perhaps you're thinking of giving it to Diba." Walad sighs and leaves the tent. Being a sultan can be hard. As for me, I wonder if the perfume came first or the ring? Looking it up. The perfume was created in 1986, the emblematic ring in 1914. "Shall we buy this?" Yasmin asks. I sigh. "Somehow we shall." Top: Grapefruit, Ginger, Labdanum, Mandarin, Orange blossom, Pepper. Heart: Freesia, Gardenia, Carnation, Heliotrope, Iris, Jasmine, Karo-Karounde, Nutmeg, Narcissus, Tuberose, Vetiver, Ylang-ylang. Base: Amber, Oakmoss, Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Tonka bean, Vanilla, Frankincense, Cedar, Civet
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    This thread now has an index in message #1. Thanks, again, deadidol, for the instructions and to blackheart2925 for the request.

    To follow the story, read chronologically. To find a specific perfume, use the index. (Hmm, guess that's obvious)
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    Comme des Garcons 2 Man. Beautiful on first sniff, this intoxicating masculine scent Yasmin knows she'll steal from Walad now and then. She likes its solidity: definite greens and woods, clear incense, supported by other elements that only enhance these three. It doesn't shout, but get near and it's there. In fact, it's kind of sexy. It goes with the favorites. Top notes are aldehydes, nutmeg, caraway, kumquat and mint; middle notes are iris, vetiver and saffron; base notes are leather, incense and mahogany.

    Comme des Garcons Series 3 Incense – Avignon. Walad re-enters the tent with Diba to show her where she'll sleep tonight. He has decided to spend the night with his men, drinking and pondering what to do now. Gently he strokes Yasmin's hair as he passes and hands her a new scent. Yasmin is swept away. Could this be the reigning incense? It's certainly a candidate. The previous one's subtlety is now replaced by high drama. Allah's Messenger might have worn it on his pilgrimage to Makkah, or the Christian Pope at high mass. The incense smells like wood burning in a censer with Frankincense and Myrrh thrown in Notes: Roman chamomile, cistus oil, elemi, incense, vanilla, patchouli, palisander, ambrette seeds. Yasmin's beginning to really like the resinous elemi. I look up palisander. It's cocobolo, a form of rosewood. My OH made things out of it. It smells kind of spicy. Ambrette smells a bit fecal, but it only adds to this scent. Yasmin almost wants to do a sniff-off right now to find if Avignon is the best or not.

    Comme des Garcons Series 3 Incense - Kyoto
    . Now expecting good things of this third CdG, Yasmin puts it straight on her skin. Yasmin's eyes close on the new beauty. She never expected to find so many incense perfumes to love. Surely this one has a floral of some kind and fragrant wood, in addition to the incense. The main notes are: incense, cypress oil, coffee, teak wood, patchouli, amber, cedar and immortal flower. Perhaps the softest of the three, it is still remarkable, reminding her by its name of Japanese Shinto temples. All three go on the favorites list. She pauses in her sniffing and looks over at Diba, who has been watching. Yasmin wonders what she's thinking.

    Diba, no longer innocent, marvels at her new position. Suddenly she isn't the maid, but a sultan's wife, specifically his second wife. According to Islamic tradition, the second rules over the first. What's more, Diba realizes that -- unlike the chaste Jasmin -- she may already be pregnant. If it's a son, he is a future sultan and she the future Valide Sultan. By rights, even at this moment, Diba can have Yasmin banished, if Yasmin gives cause. Walad has not thought of this yet, Diba knows, nor has Yasmin. Diba decides to bide her time and make friends with Walad's imam, who will determine Yasmin's fate when it's time.
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    Two scents arrived tonight that made this evening heavenly, Bois d'Ascese by Naomi Goodsir and Sonoma Scent Studio's Incense Pure. I'm adding the latter to this thread because it's excellent. I sprayed one on the back of each hand and they entertained my nose all evening. These scents are what I look for in a perfume. Three hours later and I can still smell them both, though Incense Pure has held more of its notes longer. They are both utter beauties, though, perfectly suited to women who don't want the stronger incenses designed for men. They share only labdanum, oakmoss, cedar and incense, but both manage to create an impression of florals without having a single flower in them.

    Does anyone else love both of these? Back to the incense search tomorrow.

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    Does anyone else love both of these? Back to the incense search tomorrow.
    Bois d'Ascese is insanely good, but it's campfire more than incense on me. It's also quite incandescent—I have to really wear a lot for it to stick around. Incense Pure is jaw dropping. I tried it a couple of years ago and am just revisiting it (and the whole line) now. With that said, there's a note in it that I'm not too sure about yet, and I haven't quite pinpointed what it is, but I think it's patchouli.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    Two scents arrived tonight that made this evening heavenly, Bois d'Ascese by Naomi Goodsir and Sonoma Scent Studio's Incense Pure. I'm adding the latter to this thread because it's excellent. I sprayed one on the back of each hand and they entertained my nose all evening. These scents are what I look for in a perfume. Three hours later and I can still smell them both, though Incense Pure has held more of its notes longer. They are both utter beauties, though, perfectly suited to women who don't want the stronger incenses designed for men. They share only labdanum, oakmoss, cedar and incense, but both manage to create an impression of florals without having a single flower in them.

    Does anyone else love both of these? Back to the incense search tomorrow.
    I LOVE BdA! So very good and unique. It is truly one of the only frags that has impressed me in a long time. Oh, and I was shocked when my wife told me I smelled good. It's such a raw fragrance, I didn't think it would get a single compliment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    Two scents arrived tonight that made this evening heavenly, Bois d'Ascese by Naomi Goodsir and Sonoma Scent Studio's Incense Pure. I'm adding the latter to this thread because it's excellent. I sprayed one on the back of each hand and they entertained my nose all evening. These scents are what I look for in a perfume. Three hours later and I can still smell them both, though Incense Pure has held more of its notes longer. They are both utter beauties, though, perfectly suited to women who don't want the stronger incenses designed for men. They share only labdanum, oakmoss, cedar and incense, but both manage to create an impression of florals without having a single flower in them.

    Does anyone else love both of these? Back to the incense search tomorrow.
    BdA is based on Somali incense.
    A lot of the Sudanese, Ethiopian , Eritrean & Somali fumigate it here.
    I like it in western perfume,well it's only just emerged, but the handful of iterations so far have been nice.
    Otherwise we only fumigate frankincense & oud wood here.
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    What do the Somalis make it from please, hedonist?

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    How does BdA compare to La Fumée (also Somali, right?) Hedonist?

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    In the reviews, Yasmin has expressed her strong liking of all the ones with Somali incense sniffed so far: Montale Full Incense, Bois d'Ascese, and Armani/Prive Bois d'Encens, possibly Incense Pure from SSS as well. My guess is this wonderful incense is based on opoponax, a resin which comes from a Somali shrub related to sweet myrrh? I also often note the presence of elemi.

    Is that right, Hedonist 222? All ears.

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    "What do you mean she has a cold? We are waiting and things look dire, (as things ought to in a story)." I take two more of my homeopathic cold remedies and apologize to Yasmin. Impatiently, Diba waits. Why am I delaying her ascension to glory? Okay, I say, I'll try one with the clear understanding I may have to redo the sniff....SNIFF....I can't smell anything. Yasmin and Diba sit in the tent and sulk. Walad, relieved at the delay, drinks Arak all night with Fizur, discussing horses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    In the reviews, Yasmin has expressed her strong liking of all the ones with Somali incense sniffed so far: Montale Full Incense, Bois d'Ascese, and Armani/Prive Bois d'Encens, possibly Incense Pure from SSS as well. My guess is this wonderful incense is based on opoponax, a resin which comes from a Somali shrub related to sweet myrrh? I also often note the presence of elemi.

    Is that right, Hedonist 222? All ears.

    If it is opoponax, those will be on my 'to do' list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    What do the Somalis make it from please, hedonist?
    I think it's single ingredient like frankincense. But it's common to that geographic locale.
    What I mean by single is that it's not an accord like Papier d'Armenie.

    Quote Originally Posted by OdilonRedon View Post
    How does BdA compare to La Fumée (also Somali, right?) Hedonist?
    Yes they're both based on Somali incense.
    But they revolve around different notes.

    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    In the reviews, Yasmin has expressed her strong liking of all the ones with Somali incense sniffed so far: Montale Full Incense, Bois d'Ascese, and Armani/Prive Bois d'Encens, possibly Incense Pure from SSS as well. My guess is this wonderful incense is based on opoponax, a resin which comes from a Somali shrub related to sweet myrrh? I also often note the presence of elemi.

    Is that right, Hedonist 222? All ears.

    Montale Full Incense & Armani Bois d'Encens are based on frankincense not Somali Incense. Also, there could be elemi (definitely no oppoponax) but in tiny tiny doses.


    Frankincense is a single ingredient.
    Here is a picture of me fumigating pure frankincense

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    Thank you for the info., hedonist - will have to go & check out the Somali frankincense!
    It may be Boswellia frereana (Maydis) as they seem to have two species growing there.
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    Thanks, hedonist222, especially for that lovely pic! Btw, where in the world are you? Sounds like somewhere in Africa?

    Well, this is a mystery because the ingredient lists of each of those perfumes say they use Somali incense, whatever that means, apparently just Frankincense from Somalia?

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    He's in Abu Dhabi as it says below his avatar. It's the capital of United Arab Emirates.

    I understood that Somali Incense was frankincense, Boswellia Carterii, but then I could be wrong.

    That pic is great Hedonist. It reminds me (again!) that I have some lovely frankincense, and other stuff too, gorgeous smelling powders and also tablets that my friend brought from Bahrain. I've never got organised with a burner and your picture reminds me that I must. I sometimes just smell 'em.

    Keep up the good work!

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    Interesting, Foustie - whichever species it is, burning frankincense in a burner is well worth the effort of finding a burner!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    Thanks, hedonist222, especially for that lovely pic! Btw, where in the world are you? Sounds like somewhere in Africa?

    Well, this is a mystery because the ingredient lists of each of those perfumes say they use Somali incense, whatever that means, apparently just Frankincense from Somalia?
    Quote Originally Posted by Foustie View Post
    He's in Abu Dhabi as it says below his avatar. It's the capital of United Arab Emirates.

    I understood that Somali Incense was frankincense, Boswellia Carterii, but then I could be wrong.

    That pic is great Hedonist. It reminds me (again!) that I have some lovely frankincense, and other stuff too, gorgeous smelling powders and also tablets that my friend brought from Bahrain. I've never got organised with a burner and your picture reminds me that I must. I sometimes just smell 'em.

    Keep up the good work!
    Yep, I'm from Abu Dhabi. As I mentioned earlier we primarily fumigate Omani frankinsense (the moniker it goes by - but I'm certain it grows in Yemen as well). People from the Somalia area burn what is called Somali Incense (but also grows in Sudan).
    My understand, and I'm not a horticulturist, is that they're from the same species but different. Different enough to smell different.
    Sort of like how gazelles and sheep are both mammals but very different.

    Quote Originally Posted by lpp View Post
    Interesting, Foustie - whichever species it is, burning frankincense in a burner is well worth the effort of finding a burner!
    A burner is nothing but a fireproof vessel. You can use a flower pot (:
    Line the pot with aluminum foil so that it doesn't get stained with ember if you like.
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    Default Re: In Search of most divine Incense

    Ha - thanks, hedonist - a new use for cracked flowerpots

    I found this link in trying to track the stuff down.
    http://www.stillpointaromatics.com/f...l-aromatherapy

    Plus this is an interesting read
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boswellia
    Last edited by lpp; 31st January 2014 at 09:37 AM.

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