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    Last night I came upon a sample of Jovoy's divine La Liturgie des Heures. I posted a review in my "Diptyque, Jovoy, Slumberhouse Sniff-Fest" (plus Grossmith) thread, only to learn that incense is a category of perfume. Others were suggested: Avignon, Full Incense, L'Air du Desert Marocain (which I already love) and something from Bohemian Spice? Now I'm in search of beautiful incense perfumes.

    What is your favorite? Which ones should I try?

    I'll gather samples and do a sniff-fest to find the one that takes my breath away.
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    Here's a clickable index to all the reviews in this thread, updated as I go. Asterisks indicate faves for the final sniff-off.

    Absolue Pour Le Soir
    Amouage Epic Man
    Amouage Homage
    *Amouage Interlude Man
    Amouage Memoir Woman
    Amouage Ubar
    *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
    Caron Parfum Sacre
    Caron Yatagan
    *Cartier Panthere d' Cartier (couldn't wait, already ordered)
    *Comme des Garcons 2 Man
    *Comme des Garcons Series 3 Incense – Avignon
    *Comme des Garcons Series 3 Incense - Kyoto

    *CoSTUME National Scent Intense

    Frederick Malle Dans Tes Bras

    Gucci by Gucci Pour Homme
    Guerlain Myrrhe & Delires
    Guerlain Encens Mythique D’Orient
    Guerlain L’Art et La Matiere Bois d’Arménie

    *House of Matriarch Blackbird

    Il Profumo Incens Epices

    Joseph Statkus Eau de Parfum
    *Jovoy La Liturgie des Heures
    Jovoy Lys Epona

    Knize Sec

    *L’Artisan Dzongkha
    L’Artisan Passage D'enfer
    *L’Artisan Timbuktu
    L'Occitane Eau des Baux
    Le Labo Cuir 28
    Lorenzo Villoresi Incensi

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Cologne Pour Le Soir
    *Montale Full Incense (couldn't wait, already ordered)

    *Naomi Goodsir, Bois d’Ascèse (couldn't wait, already ordered)
    Nasomatto Black Afgano
    *Norma Kamali Incense

    Parfum d'Empire Cuir Ottoman
    PK Perfumes Pentecost
    *Profumum Ambra Aurea
    Profumum Olibanum

    *Robert Piguet Casbah

    Serge Lutens de Profundis
    Serge Lutens Serge Noir
    *Slumberhouse Norne
    *Slumberhouse Vikt
    *Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure

    Tauer Incense Rose
    *Tauer L’Air du Desert Morocain
    Tauer Perfumes Incense Extreme EdP
    *Tiziana Terenzi Ecstasy
    *Tom Ford Amber Absolute
    Tom Ford Sahara Noir
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    TF Sahara Noir sure is good.

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    We just had a pretty exhaustive discussion of incense in MFD, you might want to read through it, lots of recommendations:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/372...recommendation

    My current favorites, in no order: Timbuktu, Bois D'Armenie, Vikt, Black Afgano
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    Quote Originally Posted by zatarain View Post
    We just had a pretty exhaustive discussion of incense in MFD, you might want to read through it, lots of recommendations:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/372...recommendation
    That thread has too many hormones for my taste.






    Incense
    in perfumery it's a huge thing, usually not the protagonist, but part of lots of perfumes, specially spicy, oriental, balsamic, ... and something really important historically in many cultures across the globe.


    I think that by divine, you already found the one, LADDM is a masterpiece, yet not what we usually think as incense perfume, it has a lot of stuff going on that make it that special. **** maybe even 5/5

    A similar one would be Amber Absolute, the driest amber I smelled, it's like burning incense sticks. ****

    Bohemian Spice is from April Aromatics, it's a spicy earthy patchouli with incense, quite heavy yet linear. ****
    Another spicy incense is Bois d'Encens, but it dries down to just incense rather quickly. It's really nice though. ***
    Also is Serge Noire, lots of clove, below average longevity. ***
    And Black Tourmaline, focusing on pepper and with a great smokey/burnt vibe (moss-oud-leather). ***

    If you like opopanax, Calling All Angels is interesting, complex and really dirty. ***

    Usually the reference incense is Avignon, Full Incense it's a better clone with more body/life/longevity. ***

    We could classify Norne as a coniferus incense, like being in a forest, genius but borderline unwearable. ***

    Casbah has a kind of citrusy vibe (angelica) along with spices and some woods, quite good. ***

    In a similar vein we have Heliotrope by Durbano, more interesting/less conventional, not so incensy. ***

    CDG 2 Man, the most liturgical thing I tried so far, the aldehydes give it a realistic waxy aura like a church with dozens of candles and some incense sticks burning everyday for decades. Too bad that effect lasts around 3 hours or so and then it becomes rather dull. Must try anyway for the awesome journey. ***
    Usually compared to that one is Gucci PH ('I','1'), to me it feels cheap side by side, and the papyrus ruins it (it actually ruins everything for me). **

    Sahara Noir also sports papyrus, this time it's not as off-putting but was somewhat messy, like the Amouage's. **

    Absolue pour le Soir dries down too sweet and loses quickly all the dirtiness and incense, unremarkable. **

    Encens Mythique D'Orient has too much neroli/orange blossom or the likes, smells cheaper than it actually is. **

    In contrast, Profumum's Olibanum it's a great example of how to use orange blossom with incense: it needs some woods! ***

    My experience with Annick Goutal's Ambre Fetiche and Encens Flamboyant was dissapointing, extremely dry/grey vibes, the complete opposite of what I understand as perfume, both unwearable for me. **

    I was supposed to like Incensi because of the tolu, but the mixture along with galbanum, opopanax and styrax makes a weird accord. **

    Loewe 7 it's awful, cheap plasticky vibe with gross ingredients. **
    For a better plasticky ones, Cardinal and Incense Extreme, very similar but better quality, still not my thing. **
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    Bois D'Encens by Armani Prive
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    Still in love with Full Incense

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    (I should add - in my opinion)...

    The "Emperor" in this genre is Norma Kamali incense - monster longevity, projection & waaaaaay ahead of almost every other incense I either own or have sampled.

    Only downside - sold only at NK website & in 500ml sizes; very hard to find, not sure if the website currently lists this as available.

    You can find many other very good incense based fragrances from the 2 threads that were running in the last week or so...
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    Many great suggestions already.
    Hedonist says that Sahara Noir smells exactly like smoked frankincense, so it is a must try as a reference. I second CDG2 man, an avantgarde incense with aldehydes which smells churchy yet manages to avoid the usual stereotypes. And Tauer Incense rose has a nice fizz that also distinguish it from straightforward ones.

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    Incense Genre List

    Many thanks for the suggestions! I don't often visit the Male Fragrance section and I see I should. Here’s my sample list. Couldn't find Tauer Incense Rose. This is going to be one terrific sniff-fest.

    Stc:
    Armani/Prive Bois d'Encens
    Comme des Garcons 2 Man
    Comme des Garcons Series 3 Incense - Avignon
    Guerlain L'Art et La Matiere Bois d'Armenie
    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Coloyne Pour Le Soir
    Montale Full Incense
    Norma Kamali Incense
    Profumum Olibanum
    Robert Piguet Casbah
    Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure EdP
    Tauer Perfumes Incense Extreme EdP
    Tom Ford Sahara Noir

    from House:
    April Aromatics Bohemian Spice
    April Aromatics Calling All Angels

    ebay:
    Tom Ford Amber Absolute

    Already have:
    Nasomatto Black Afgano
    Guerlain Encens Mythique D'Orient
    Jovoy La Liturgie des Heures
    L’Artisan Dzongkha (FB)
    L'Artisan Timbuktu (FB)
    Tauer L'Air du Desert Morocain
    Slumberhouse Norne
    Slumberhouse Vikt

    Thanks again!

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    This is going to be great!

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    Do you mean divine in a theological or a hedonistic way? Not a spurious question when incense is concerned

    I must admit that Kamali's is awe-inspiring on both counts. Shame I only have two mls. The pioneering CdG series is a must and I also love Villoresi's and Timbuktu. Creed's Angelique Encense was great and distinctive. Many other greats have been named.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Bois D'Encens by Armani Prive
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    I really must go out and try this one.

    My favourite incense is Epic Man by Amouage. As most reader probably know, I am a bit bonkers for Amouage right now.
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    Gucci Pour Homme I. Like the incense in this one.

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    The incense on Plum Japonais is not at all bad folks...also but
    Discont---Creed - Angelique Encens ...and last but not least Serge Lutens De Profundis
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    Great list, ScentFan! l would also suggest an Amouage, perhaps Ubar?
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    All about the Norma Kamali for me

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    Thanks. I'll check out the other suggestions.

    Quote Originally Posted by the_good_life View Post
    Do you mean divine in a theological or a hedonistic way? ...
    Hedonistic!

    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    Great list, ScentFan! l would also suggest an Amouage, perhaps Ubar?
    Okay, thanks. I've got a sample.

    Quote Originally Posted by OdilonRedon View Post
    This is going to be great!
    If there's interest, I'll turn it into a sample pass.

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    I would be interested in a sample pass. I have LDDM, Full Incense, Sahara Noir, Dzongkha and getting Avignon Friday!

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    Ooft! There are some terrific suggestions here. I hope that you try loads of them then report back!

    Anyway, for my tuppence worth. Another vote for Sahara Noir. It's great. My colleague has it and really it wears beautifully. If one could own just one frankincense fragrance this could be the one! Andy Tauer's Incense Extreme is another Frankincense powerhouse which, like Sahara Noir, is fairly linear but very satisfying. Away from the uber-incense and towards something different, we have Cloon Keen Atelier Terre de L'Encens. It's lighter, contemporary interpretation of incense. Very nice. For something different again, you could look at Maria Candida Gentile's work with frankincense, such as Exultat, or Sideris, they are floaty clouds, bit sweeter and, well, not powdery as such but, well, kinda floaty cloudy.

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    Excellent choices dear Foustie, i love Terre de l'Encense, would add for instance Homage, Encense Flamboyant, Kyoto, Norma Kamali, Villoresi Incensi, Shaal Nur, Casbah Piguet but we have dozens of fantastic solutions.
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    I am not big into incense. Though, Gershwin by Maria Candida is one that I liked.
    Currently wearing: Sahara Noir by Tom Ford

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    From what I tried:
    Encens Mythique D'Orient
    By Kilian Incense oud

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    If I were you I'd learn it by origin.

    I know there's Omani Incense (aka olibanum aka frankinsense aka lubaan)
    Then there's Somali incense
    Myrrh
    Mastika


    Some perfumes are blends of resins like the catholic church renditioning in Avignon which is frankinsense plus other things.

    Frankinsense :
    Sahara noir
    Bois d'Encens

    Somali incense:
    La fumee
    Bois d'ascece

    Myrrh:
    La myrrh
    Myrrh et delires
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    Thanks for the recommendations. Here's what I have in. They're almost all 1 ml samples, so could accommodate a sample pass for 3? Would love to organize them as you suggest, hedonist222. Is this something you could do off the top of your head? If not, I'll look up the notes and take a stab at it.

    Amouage Epic Man
    Amouage Homage
    Amouage Ubar
    April Aromatics Bohemian Spice
    April Aromatics Calling All Angels

    Armani/Prive Bois d’Encens

    Comme des Garcons 2 Man
    Comme des Garcons Series 3 Incense – Avignon

    Guerlain Myrrhe & Delires
    Guerlain Encens Mythique D’Orient
    Guerlain L’Art et La Matiere Bois d’Armenie

    Jovoy La Liturgie des Heures
    Jovoy Lys Epona

    L’Artisan Dzongkha (FB)
    L’Artisan Timbuktu (FB)

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris Coloyne Pour Le Soir
    Montale Full Incense
    Naomi Goodsir, Bois d’Ascese
    Nasomatto Black Afgano
    Norma Kamali Incense
    PK Perfumes Pentecost
    Profumum Olibanum
    Robert Piguet Casbah
    Serge Lutens Serge Noir
    Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure EdP

    Tauer L’Air du Desert Morocain
    Tauer Perfumes Incense Extreme EdP

    Tom Ford Sahara Noir
    Tom Ford Amber Absolute

    *Slumberhouse Edi
    Slumberhouse Flou
    Slumberhouse Grev
    Slumberhouse Norne
    Slumberhouse Sana
    Slumberhouse Vikt

    *By the way, I'm not sure all those Slumberhouses should be in there?
    Last edited by ScentFan; 29th December 2013 at 02:04 PM. Reason: add note/add Ubar, Serge Noir, Homage

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    Casbah Piguet the best for me also Liturgie by Jovoy
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    by Kilian Incense Oud

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScentFan View Post
    Thanks for the recommendations. Here's what I have in. They're almost all 1 ml samples, so could accommodate a sample pass for 3? Would love to organize them as you suggest, hedonist222. Is this something you could do off the top of your head? If not, I'll look up the notes and take a stab at it.


    Here's the thing though ScentFan.
    The majority list the incense note as 'incense' which is like listing Pepsi, whiskey, Apple juice & water 'liquid'. Not very helpful huh?
    Then there appears to be a plethora of lab-made generic incense aromachemical note that smells of incense, nondescript mass market incense.
    Then, a lot of them have incense & other strong & similar-in-nature notes mixed the incense note (mostly resins like labdanum or benzoin). This makes it difficult to make our which type of incense it's based.

    The Amouage ones are primarily a frankincense/myrrh accord.
    Amouage Epic Man
    Amouage Homage
    Amouage Ubar



    Armani/Prive Bois d’Encens - frankincense (dominant)

    Comme des Garcons 2 Man (accord +a good amount of frankincense)
    Comme des Garcons Series 3 Incense – Avignon (frankincense + other resins)

    Guerlain Myrrhe & Delires - primarily myrrh

    Guerlain Encens Mythique D’Orient (lab made incense aromachemical but smells divine)

    Guerlain L’Art et La Matiere Bois d’Armenie (this one is pretty popular, it contains benzoin (styrax) as per internet searches ).



    L’Artisan Dzongkha (accord)
    L’Artisan Timbuktu (accord)


    Montale Full Incense (frankincense -dominant)
    Naomi Goodsir, Bois d’Ascese (Somali incense -dominant)

    Nasomatto Black Afgano (frankly I don't get too much incense)

    Norma Kamali Incense (80% frankincense - 20% myrrh)

    Profumum Olibanum (frankincense -dominant)
    Robert Piguet Casbah (look up Avignon)
    Serge Lutens Serge Noir (accord)


    Tauer L’Air du Desert Morocain (accord)
    Tauer Perfumes Incense Extreme EdP (frankincense + a bit of something else)

    Tom Ford Sahara Noir (frankincense - very dominant)
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    Surprised no one really talked about this, but Memoir by Amouage is amazing.

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