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Frankincense & Myrrh (1984)
by Czech & Speake


Frankincense & Myrrh information

Year of Launch1984
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 156 votes)

People and companies

HouseCzech & Speake
PerfumerShirley Brody

About Frankincense & Myrrh

Frankincense & Myrrh is a shared / unisex perfume by Czech & Speake. The scent was launched in 1984 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Shirley Brody

Frankincense & Myrrh fragrance notes

Reviews of Frankincense & Myrrh

As usual with C&S samples, really like this but insufficient longevity from <1ml doesn't contribute to a best impression. Some brief citrus and eponymous resins die down to a decent chypre structure of lavender and sandalwood. Sadly, until I get hold of a more voluminous sample, that's all I can say. Excellent promise but needs more on the skin.
06th May, 2019
Sort of a stripped-down version of a classic 80's woody chypre, reduced to a rather generic lumber smell surrounded by bergamot, lemon, and mint on top, with a touch of pine for depth. It's not bad, but quite dull. I'm more disappointed by the lack of character than I am by the lack of incense. Meh.
06th September, 2017
Frankincense and Myrrh will be a disappointment for anyone looking for either frankincense or myrrh. It doesn't have much of either, very little in fact. It is rather a gentle, soapy aromatic masculine fragrance accentuated by these two notes. There is a fleeting and subtle citrus opening along with lavender. The lavender is soon paired with light frankincense. This is followed by the fragrance getting woodier and ever so slightly creamy from the woods. The soapy freshness is present throughout. Unfortunately, it perfoms a disappearing act very quickly - low sillage and low to average longevity on skin.

I would have loved a more substantial rendition of the same theme - a soapy traditional aromatic masculine accentuated by incense. It has pitfalls similar to a few other Czech and Speake fragrances I have sampled - not bad, but thinness of body and absence of any compelling factor in the scent profile.

01st July, 2017
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United States
The vintage F&M opens with a minty lemon and basil opening (slightly medicinal), and if I take a deep whiff I am reminded of SMN's Potpourri.

After this the frankincense and powdery myrrh take over. At this stage it becomes more resinous, oily and herbal. The fragrance fades out from here.

Great English gothic scent, but more polite than vintage No. 88.
23rd January, 2015
A totally respectful and honest British-Oriental classy cologne. Vibrant, dense, resinous and balsamic olibanum, rich and aromatic, with nuances ranging from woody (sandalwood) to spicy (cumin) to zesty (citrus) and to ambery. I also detect a light but warm and tasty floral accord, perhaps comprising lavender and carnation. The name (I do love those self-explanatory names!) quite fits the scent, you can imagine how it can smell like, and Czech & Speake as usual won't disappoint you, with their classic sense of elegance and their rigorous care for quality. On the very base lies a subtle, warm accord of amber and oak moss, gentle and restrained, providing just the right amount of Oriental earthiness. Among nowadays incense scents, which are sadly too often just an overdose of Iso E, this one makes some remarkable efforts to "elaborate" the theme, delivering a mystical, dense, colourful and multi-faceted olibanum-resinous accord (not implying it does not contain aromachemicals, but at least it does not smell like something any of us can make at home with a starter's kit from Perfumer's Apprentice). Honest, cozy, fascinating and refined!


Edit: my review is based on the current version, which is the pale shadow of the spicy lavender-myrrh bomb Frankincense & Myrrh once was (you can still find the vintage bottles here and there).
25th June, 2014 (last edited: 21st August, 2015)
Frankincense is the staple note in most of the "incense" fragrances I've tried. That other biblical luxury, myrrh, is something I come across much less often. It appears perhaps most famously in Serge Lutens's excellent La Myrrhe, where it is set in the context of a bright, crisp, aldehydic floral-oriental. Czech & Speake's Frankincense & Myrrh casts it's two leads in a much simpler bubbly-sweet citrus eau de Cologne formula. As a result, the incense ingredients throw aside their accustomed gothic austerity and take on lively supporting roles in a fundamentally sunny, cheerful composition. The idea woks well in that the myrrh's inherent astringency adds a layer of nuance to the citrus accord, while the frankincense extends the life of the scent far beyond that of the traditional eau de Cologne formula.

If there's a downside to all the resultant good cheer, it's that the scent comes off as a bit simplistic. When the incense sheds its goth trappings it leaves its mystery behind as well, and smelling Frankincense & Myrrh reminds me that it's the air of awe and remoteness that makes other incense fragrances like Dzongkha, Jubilation XXV, and Zagorsk so compelling to me. So while it's unquestionably well-made and attractive, Frankincense & Myrrh also winds up being just a little bit dull.
14th June, 2014

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