Frankincense and Myrrh perfumes – Guide to Incense Fragrances

Once you are past Thanksgiving, it is officially Christmas, yes?  Close enough.  That must make it time to talk about frankincense and myrrh perfumes – two of my favorite incense notes and ones we will all need desperately over the next month to keep breathing deeply through all the Holiday Hoopla that threatens to overtake what we all really desire – love, family, friends, peace and great company.  

 

 

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“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”
Mary Oliver

Incense dates back to the time when man fearfully tossed his new discovery, fire, on some resin and delicious smoke came billowing out.  Used for a multitude of religious or cultural ceremonies over thousands of years, incense smoke is a common point of spirituality.  

Long before the three wise men showed up by the manger with frankincense, gold and myrrh, Egyptians used myrrh for embalming, the Hebrews used frankincense and myrrh in the Temple as sacred anointing oil, and myrrh was used to purify and beautify women in the ancient Persian Empire.  

Frankincense & myrrh perfumes inhabit a unique space in the perfume pantheon – a scent that can be deeply meditative, warming, comforting and sometimes disturbing.  

We absolutely will be doing a giveaway or two sets of most of the perfume referenced in this post – rules and how to enter are at the bottom of the post.

 Give it to me Straight Frankincense and Myrrh Perfumes

If you want to sniff these notes with no frills, AbdesSalaam Attar Frankincense and AbdesSalaam Attar Myrrh are the perfect choices.  These are both the excellent, high quality single-note examples and will help clarify what these two notes smell like without any distractions. The budget choice is Demeter Myrrh, a fairly straight up myrrh fragrance, though there’s more sweetness in it and perhaps other notes.  Tesori d’Oriente Mirra is another budget myrrh perfume choice, but, again, this is a myrrh fragrance, not a single note fragrance.

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There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way. – Buddha

Let’s begin by traveling through just the myrrh perfumes.  Annick Goutal Myrrhe Ardente is a woods-infused myrrh smoky-tonk dream.  Warm, soft, silky, there aren’t any rough medicinal edges to jar you out of your chanting for calm time, but this isn’t a small perfume.  Apply with some zen restraint.  Prada Myrrhe is part of their exclusives collection – you know, the one nobody can ever find and you almost need an Act of Congress to convince a Prada salesperson to sell it to you?  This is myrrh infused with a wee bit of lavender and laying on a woodsy bed.  It’s a great straight-up myrrh scent that almost nobody knows about.  How does that happen do you think?  Pricier, but it is a parfum, and $160 or so for 30 mls is a pretty great pure parfum deal that may help you restore some pocketbook calm.  Or not. 

Guerlain Myrrhe et Delires is plump myrrh, all fattened up with Guerlain magic dust, which makes it beautiful beyond words.  It also is a domesticated myrrh that’s been sitting on an overstuffed couch eating bonbons all of its life – no life of sorrow and suffering.  Calming may not be a word you use either once you have them ring it up (above $200 for 75 mls). Huitieme Art Parfums Myrrhiad is a spectacular warmed myrrh scent, sweetened into a rich, slightly burnt vanilla/licorice base with black tea notes to smoke it up. While this isn’t a ground-breaking myrrh scent, it is one I love to wear. A loved, well-worn fragrance is not a small thing.

Cristiano Fissore Cashmere is a unique myrrh scent – fruity myrrh!  Apricot adds a wonderful charm, and this is the kind of incense scent you want on to leave in your favorite cashmere sweater. 

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L’Artisan Mechant Loupe – myrrh ashes burning next to the whiskey and cigar on the Big Bad Wolf’s table.  Mmmm, lean in closer… the Big Bad Wolf also smells like toasted hazelnuts, slightly caramelized molasses and myrrh.    Hey, Mr. Wolf, I’m gonna eat you up!

Laura Tonatto Amir (Rat Money Smell for me) brings in amber and other things that go bump in the night with the myrrh.  Heady, slightly sinister for much of the open, it dries down to comfort after lots of discomfort.  L’Erbolario Myrrhae is myrrh, sage and ginger.  It comes closest to capturing that slightly antiseptic tonality of myrrh clearly.  Myrrhae provides an interesting contrast with sage.  Best news!   A decent price point peeping its head up in this field of Budget Busters.  

Serge Lutens La Myrrhe is the King of the Myrrh Hill.  An unusual pairing of myrrh and aldehydes creates crystalline myrrh that reflects light.  Myrrh can do this?  Under the coaxing hands of Christopher Sheldrake, yeah, it sure can.

L’Occitane Eau d’Iparie is now discontinued, but I’m going to break my rule and mention it here because it’s pretty freaking great, like a few other L’Occitane fragrances that are now discontinued. It’s straight up frankincense and myrrh.  It was cheap when it was actively made, about $60 for 100 mls, smells great, a great contrast between medicinal myrrh and warmth, and it is exactly what it says it is.  Hey, L’Occitane, can you bring back some of these discontinued fragrances that have so many fans?  

Lorenzo Villoresi Incensi is myrrh and apple pie on the open with spices that eventually swell up and choke that apple.  It’s not my favorite incense perfume, but it has a lot of fans out there that this combination speaks to; it’s worth trying to see if you are one of them.

Caron Parfum Sacre is rose, myrrh and pepper, and there’s really nothing else that smells like it.  Take the trip to a beautiful myrrh/vanilla/woods happy ending that you will love having on your clothes the morning after.  If you have a plump bank account, hunt down the Caron Parfum Sacre extrait – discontinued, of course.  

Speaking of plump bank accounts…  Baccarat Les Larmes Sacrees du Thebes is almost impossible to get, ridiculously priced, and it can’t be worth it for such a fleeting scent?  Period, ? no question mark???  WTF with the???  Stop that???  I mean, it, no question marks!…?  Grrrr.    Sandalwood and myrrh that takes the most beautiful parts of Caron Parfum Sacre extrait and mixes in a tidge of ambergris just to break your heart.    And your wallet.  Worth it? No, of course not. Really, Pshaw, tooooooo…much…money.    or maybe not

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Who cares if you’re enlightened forever? Can you just get it in this moment, now? – Byron Katie

Frankincense and Myrrh Zen Stew

CB I Hate Perfume Fire from Heaven is a frankincense/myrrh blend of soft smoke, warm resin and a joy to wear without getting too “churchy.”  Ormonde Jayne Orris Noir does frankincense and myrrh… with a side of iris. Giving myrrh an earth-bound lightness it so often needs to keep it from brooding in the corner.  Orris Noir is perfect if you want your myrrh to find its happy place.  Eau d’Italie Baume de Doge is one I’m doing on memory and quite angry that I don’t have some around – where is that? Do I really not have even a sample?  Must fix. Spiced orange, frankincense and myrrh over vanilla and saffron. I remember loving this for its lovely spiced warmth that’s not just a little addictive.  Inhale, exhale, inhale — wait, are we huffing? This is definitely a frankincense & myrrh perfume that you should try.  The Eau d’Italie line is expertly done, and this one was crafted by Duchaufour, which is all the reason you need.

Profumum Olibdanum is a beautiful frankincense and myrrh scent, infused with some lovely orange blossom rays of sunshine to warm all that incense.  Incredibly easy to wear, no mildewy dark cathedral basement or sackcloth and ashes included.  Olivier Durbano Rock Crystal always shocks me with how freaking great it is when I haven’t smelled it for a while.  With the cuminy open transforming into a rich churchy fragrance, it embraces sinner and saint in equal measure and holds them in tension with neither giving ground to the other. Christian Dior Bois d’Argent. The silver woods, it is infused with frankincense and sweetened by a vanilla-honey-iris combo that’s unique and understated in its elegance. There aren’t a lot of discrete notes; it is well-blended incense perfection, maneuvering between shadow and light, coolness and warmth.  Every time you get annoyed with Dior’s current roster of perfumes, just grab this, and you’ll remember why Dior has a comeback in them, if they choose to use it.

Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Cathedral has a little rougher frankincense and myrrh ride, but no less beautiful, and the spot of mildew feels not just like a church, but Etro Messe di Minuit.  Speaking of which, incense, mildew, church basement, crypts full of dead bodies.  I have a love/hate relationship with Messe di Minuit.  When it works on me, it is amazing. When it doesn’t, Cryptkeeper.   Or, according to the fine folks at Reddit, Pirates of the Caribbean. 

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Frankly, My Dear, I just want the FrankinZENse

Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant is another entry in the incense market more centered on frankincense – resin, burning incense, surrounded with pepper, spices and fir.  Have some patience through that full-in frankincense open, this has a gorgeous finish that you really don’t want to miss.  Aesop Mystra was created from a historical perspective, you know, of the embalming kind done in ancient cultures.  Don’t expect this to move much beyond that, it stays pretty much right there – antiseptic and harsh.  This is for the “incense with no gilding of the incense lily” crowd. 

Amouage is the King of Frankincense in fragrances, and I think everything they make is loaded with it.  Instead of going through the whole line, I’ll highlight a few.  Amouage Lyric Woman is a beautiful rose wonder, but on me it’s all about the incense and very little about the rose. Amouage Jubilation Man and Amouage Jubilation Woman are great examples of the use of frankincense in Amouage fragrances as well.  Amouage Tribute Attar, though, is frankincense perfection –   smoky, rich, leathered diesel frankincense.  Expect serious wafting from just a drop.  

Regina Harris Frankincense Myrrh Rose Maroc is frankincense through a dark filter. A beautifully blended oil, it’s close to the skin and wonderfully warm.  Worth the price tag of 100+ for 15 mls? Who knows?  If you love it, sure, it only takes a drop to scent you.  

It’s not in my bag of things to carry in this life – it belongs to other people, not me, so I left it for the waves to carry away, along with a lot of other crap I don’t need or want anymore.         – Patty White

Okay, okay, I promised, I know, no hard to get scents, but I can’t do a frankincense and myrrh perfumes post without throwing in Armani Prive Bois d’Encens. It is still made, I think, or at least still available in Europe.  They seem to have cut the Prive supply line over the ocean for reasons I’ll never know.  Regardless, for any incense perfume lover, it’s worth all the hoops and sexual favors you may have to provide to get your hands on some.  It takes the heavy quality of incense and then sends it soaring infused with air and light.  It is hard to choose if it is my favorite incense fragrance or — crap, picking favorites tortures me. Speaking of favorites, Comme des Garcons incense series are some of the best incense scents available.  Those cradle Catholics that break out in hives at the smell of frankincense should avoid Comme des Garcons Avignon, which is High Church incense.  I adore it from the beginning to end; it is deeply meditative on me, similar to the Armani, but denser.  

L’Artisan Passage d’Enfer is probably one of my other all-time favorite frankincense fragrances.  Olivia Giacobetti paired incense with lilies, and there is really nothing else quite like it as the brightness and sweetness of the lily intertwine with the meditative and earthy aspects of the frankincense. Serge Lutens de Profundis is centered more on chrysanthemum and tagetes, but the earthy smell of incense pervades this fragrance.  For me de Profundis is longing, loss, hope and earthy enjoyment all wrapped together.  After the funeral sex basically.  

Cartier XII L’Heure Mystérieuse combines incense, elemi, patchouli and spice to form something dense and dark, but the night is warmed. Strange Invisible Perfumes Fire and Cream is frankincense and hay. Sure, there’s other stuff in there, but that’s what I get, and it is just glorious, my two favorite meditative notes. 

Erik Kormann Eau de Froehliche takes on frankincense in an unexpected twist – it makes it fun.  Like throwing a big old party in the Cathedral with chocolates and raspberries.  I saved this one for last, because I’d never smelled it before, and I was quite dreading it when I saw the list of notes.  But for a first-time scent from a Berlin soap shop, I’m quite enchanted by this dumb thing!  

This is a great place to end our journey through frankincense and myrrh perfumes.   And the pesky rules to be entered for the giveaway.   You must leave a comment here to be entered at all.  You can get additional entries by doing any/all of the activities in the little widget below!  Entries will be taken through Monday noon, December 3, 2012.

So your favorite frankincense and myrrh perfume?  Either, both or a combo is great.  I’ve missed some, I’m sure, so it’s your turn to tell me what a chowderhead I am for overlooking X.

Samples used in this review and donated for the drawing provided from my private perfume collection and Surrender to Chance.

241 Comments
Amer December 9, 2012

I can't believe I overlooked this post! My beloved incense notes along with labdanum and Cardinal just happens to have them all... in SPADES! Take me to the church padre, light some of the good stuff and I'll believe anything that comes out of your mouth... mmmmm

Andrea December 3, 2012

My favorite incense is Tauer Incense Extreme and I really liked Annick Goutal Myrrhe Ardente!

TaffyJ December 3, 2012

I really love the incense/myrrh fragrances of Maria Candida Gentile: Exultat and Sideris. Both are compelling and beautiful, but I prefer Sideris a teeny bit more. Exultat has more citrus and a candied violet notes; whereas Sideris wraps one with spicy rose and sandalwood. The frankincense is ethereal in both.

SicilianaNM December 3, 2012

Being a newbie I don't have a favorite yet. Lots of ideas, though - my "to sample" list already totals 11.

Stacey Gilbert December 2, 2012

Incense is a staple theme in my SO's perfume collection, not so much in mine. I should clarify that I have plenty of scents with incense as a supporting note, but not many loves that highlight it, with the exception of myrrh. My myrrh favorite thus far is Myrrh Ardente. Moving on from myrrh, Avignon is just simply too much and overwhelms my nose, and I am not Catholic so have no real association with church incense. But I adore Kyoto especially on my SO. Other favorites on him are Christian LaCroix Tumulte Pour Homme for cedary incense and Amouage Interlude Man for spicy incense (I can still smell the remnants of yesterday's wearing now). Having said all that, I would love to be entered! I have tried many but not nearly all on the list.

Perfumista8 December 2, 2012

I love these articles, Patty. Thanks so much for all of the work that must go into writing them. I love incense. In perfume. In life. I love many on your list and in comments but I've also got a bunch now that I must try. There are a few others that I've enjoyed for some time and haven't seen mentioned - Demeter has one called Holy Smoke - to me it comes as close to Catholic Mass incense as Avignon does, although it might not last as long but it's pretty cheap so there is that. I have both the perfume and the room spray. I also love Van Cleef and Arpels Midnight in Paris and Kilian Cruel Intentions, although I'm not sure if the incense is either myrrh or frankincense.

Missionista December 2, 2012

I don;t yet have a favorite incense perfume, but would love to try these, based on your great descriptions.

Melissa Anderson December 1, 2012

I would add Annayake Miyako to the list of Frankincense and Myrrh comfort blends. Do we get to include sweet myrrh (opopanax)? Not quite the same, but Memo Manoa is a strangely wonderful, thick, resinous cold weather scent. I like so many of the fragrances on your list that I started to stalk a few on ebay as I was reading. Must....stop.

Gail December 1, 2012

Love the sound of all of these. Faves I have include Avignon, all Goutal's les Orientalistes and Tauer's incense-y works. This post is seriously bad for my wallet.......

katrin December 1, 2012

I used to think that incense is not my thing (still had a deep appreciation of Goutal's EF and Rock Chrystal, for example) until I tried a sample of Tauer's Incense Extreme. I found it extremely addictive and very wearable. Somehow it worked for me perfectly. It's been on my wishlist ever since. As for myrrh, I still think it's not my thing. But then I have not tried many of those. I must admit that Myrrhiad by HAP that Patty finds so much fun seemed somehow too barren and clean to me--despite it's rich vanilla and licorice; it's one of those modern scents that are never rich enough and like to remain light.

userbuser December 1, 2012

I love frankincense & myrrh as incense, but have yet to try it as a fragrance. I'm buying the Beginner Niche/Lux sampler set for my mom for Christmas, but I think I'll snag the Avignon for myself :)

50_Roses December 1, 2012

I really like the smell of incense, and would love to try all of these 'fumes. I haven't tried a whole lot of incense frags yet, but I do have a FB of Avignon, which I enjoy quite well, perhaps because I have absolutely no Catholic background at all. It smells like what I imagine an old Gothic cathedral would smell like. I have always thought that Protestant services are somewhat incomplete; there are things to look at, particularly this time of year (a tree, garlands, wreaths, etc.), and music to listen to, but nothing to smell.

Kelsey A November 30, 2012

I love incense! I have many favorites but currently Etro Shaal Nur has been stealing the show.

Isayah November 30, 2012

I haven't found my dream incense/myrrh/frankincense perfume yet, but hte one I die to try is Serge Lutens La Myrrhe!

CSC November 30, 2012

I love reading these "ingredient specific" articles, so informative and a great keep for reference. Someone mentioned SSS Winter Woods and I immediately got up and found my little decant and put it on - just beautiful! I think I will wear it today. Thanks for the great list of decants I have yet to buy and for the draw.

Linda Leeson November 30, 2012

I also like Mecheri Myrrhe & Merveilles. A truly bitter myrrh note. Unusual with a dash of almond to confuse. Thanks for the drawing. Your articles are fun without but winning one of these sets? Yum.

breathesgelatin November 30, 2012

I'm fairly dismayed you didn't include any Andy Tauer scents in here - many of them have incense in them to my nose, even some of the ones that don't list it as a note. My fave incensey one is probably Incense Rose.

Travelchic November 30, 2012

One year, at the Festival of American Follklife on the mall in D.C, they highlighted the Arab country of Oman. I learned that every family has its own special blend of incense. Before guests leave, the host makes sure that the guests' robes are perfumed with the smoke from the bowls of incense. I was fascinated with the thought, but came to my senses before shelling out some outrageous amount for a small, small bag of crystalized lumps. Ever since then, I've wondered what I've missed. I'm intrigued with so many different special takes on the theme here. Thanks for the draw, and the writeup.

Denise November 30, 2012

My favorite myrrh-based fragrances, so far, are Guerlain Myrrhe et Delires and Caron Parfum Sacre. That said, I haven't tried Serge Lutens La Myrrhe yet, or Keiko Mecheri Myrrhe and Mervailles, so they may have to scootch over. Frankincense? Oliban by Keiko Mecheri, Opus III from Amouage, and although you wouldn't know it by the name, Vanille Tonka by Parfums de Nicolai.

Aysel November 30, 2012

Last summer, I bought a bottle of frankincense oil which I've been burning in candles; it makes my room smell glorious! And as for myrhh, I don't know what it smells like but I own Mechant Loup so I must be a little familiar with it...

beldujour November 29, 2012

Love love love the smell of frankincense all year round -- I'm not a Christian but the smell of frankincense is my favorite part of visiting Orthodox churches! I so appreciate this guide and am looking forward to acquiring some of the scents mentioned.

Merlin November 29, 2012

Incense was the first note that got me excited when I got into this hobby. I think that may have been more to do with its mystical associations, though, than its actual smell! I cant actually think of an incense scent that I adore though I have ended up with several. I do like Avignon very much but find it a little hard to wear. Frankincense can be just too cold - which is my problem with Incense Rose. Parfum Sacre is too dry for me - not dry as in bitter but literally dry - I feel like I need to give it something to drink :) Incense Extreme is wonderful, but I prefer it on my b.f. Recently I tried Prada's Amber Intense which is supposed to have Somalian myrrh in it and there is a sweet rubber note in it which makes me want to keep sniffing. Oh, and one more (also mainstream) is Dior's Farenheit Absolute which has incense and myrrh in it...

Anney November 29, 2012

Bathe me in frankincense and myrrh and roll me in a blanket..... and deliver me to Richard Burton ..... no, no - make that Jon Stewart!

poodle November 29, 2012

I haven't smelled a lot of these but my favorite so far is Avignon.

Allyson November 29, 2012

I'm just starting to learn about these frangrances. I ordered a sample of Black Jade by Lubin thiking it would be fun to try it from an historical perspective. Surprisingly, I like it!

Tama Blough November 29, 2012

What a fabulous list and for once I have smelled several, and even own three (Myrrhiad, Fire From Heaven, & Parfum Sacre)! Smell Bent actually makes two of my fave incenses: Tibet ur Bottom $ (discontinued, but the Vocabulary Dry is very similar) and Incensed. Tibet is resinous and light, and Incensed is smoldering - alone each is great, but in combination, even better.

Kirsten D November 29, 2012

Waaaaay late to the party....some favourites of mine are on your list, but there are lots I haven't tried yet and now these get added to my already monstrous "to-try" list. I love Fire & Cream, I need to get me a full bottle of that. Other faves - Avignon, Orris Noir, Kenzo UFO, Tolu, Myrrhe Ardente to name just a few. Thanks for the draw!

Dionne November 29, 2012

You know, just when I think I'm starting to get a handle on a specific note, I read one of these things and am simply agog at your encylopedic knowledge, Patty. Bowing: I am not worthy. There are a lot of notes that don't play well with my skin, but it was a serendipitous thing to have my very first sample order be with Mr. Tauer, and my second included Parfum Sacre because of your Perfume 101 post; it was an exciting discovery to find out how nicely incense and I play together. I've tried a lot of them now (and obviously need to try even more;) and the only ones that got nasty were SL's L'Eau Froide and Olympic Orchid's Kyphi. Favorites include the amazing Parfume Sacre, Incense Pure - how is it possible you haven't tried this yet? Get on that, girl - Avignon, Wazamba, Nu, Lyric, Incense Rosé, Incense Extreme, and my beloved Black Cashmere. January on is set aside for more incense, so as usual, this will get bookmarked. In fact, my perfume document titled "categories" is now starting to show a lot of the phrase "refer to Perfume Posse post." :)

Claudia November 29, 2012

Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with any of the fragrances mentioned above, but many sound like they are right up my alley. Anything incense-based sounds wonderful to me. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Turtledovey November 29, 2012

This one is timely, I just tried Avignon, I have to admit I wasn't expecting it to live up to the hype, but it really is incredible, and I'm now hoarding the remaining 2/3 of my itty bitty sample, I will not waste a drop! Thanks for posting this!

Cat Schultz November 29, 2012

These scents always remind me of Christmas! I need to try the Guerlain Myrrhe et Delires. It sounds amazing!

Grtpumk November 29, 2012

This is great! I've been on a F&M tear for a week now and ordered samples of your top faves before even finding this post. I think the Universe is choosing my next fragrance for me! Thanks so much for the great info. While not high-brow by any means, Shea Moisture makes a F&M lotion that started my obsession. Happy Holidays!!

Tara Pollard November 29, 2012

Was testing Chergui while reading this :). Love it, but now I'm wanting to smell Parfum Sacre very badly. Oh how I miss my big bottle of Barbara Bui. Is the incense note of Eau D'Italie Paestum Rose very prominent?

Kandice November 29, 2012

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I LOVE the smell of incense and am so happy you've done this guide. I don't really have experience with most of the perfumes you listed. I have tried Amouage Lyric but it just smells like roses on me. I never get the incense at all. Based on your posting I'd like to try several, in particular the Comme des Garcons, the Serge, and the Eua d'Italie Baume de Doge. Please enter me in the draw so maybe I can try some of these other scents as well. Thanks again!

daftasanything November 29, 2012

I have the AbdesSalaam Attar Mecca Balsam. It is heavenly and I get tons of compliments when I wear it, it's so warm and different. I can't imagine how good the Frankincense and Myrrh scents are as those are two of my favorite scents ever. The sample sets sound like a dream. Fingers-crossed. :-)

Leslie Ryan November 29, 2012

dzongka, myrrhe ardente and ysl nu are the three with which i am most in love. yummmmm.

Denise Katsabanis November 29, 2012

Frankincense & Myrrh brings me back to my visits to Spain, Italy, Greece & France where I love touring all the churches. The architecture, quiet and expecially the scent...I love it!

hello world November 29, 2012

I haven't had the chance to try anything,Frankincense and Myrrh, but after reading of them i think it would be great.

J'Nee DeLancey November 29, 2012

I too give enthusiastic praise for Sonoma Scent Studio's Incense Pure. If any incense lover hasn't tried it you are missing a well done frankincense scent that is very reasonably priced.

Inna Manko November 29, 2012

I am a happy owner and admirer of two kings according to your review: Amouge Jubilation (despite the fact i am a woman my preferred version is the one for men) and Serge Lutans La Myrrhe (utter perfection). To add a few names: Myrrhe&Merveilles by Keiko Mecheri and Djhenné (myrrh note), Parfumerie Générale.

Suzanne November 29, 2012

I want to know if opoponax and myrrh are related?

DKChocoMan November 29, 2012

Interesting take on the incense based perfumes. I see a couple you didnt mention: Ambre Fetiche by Annick Goutal and Silver Factory by Bond No 9. I love incense in perfume, but it has to be the right kind of incense. Nothing gets me going like the smell of burning wood and resin. Amber Fetiche is just a dark, resinous and brooding concotion that is absolutely wonderful! Im not sure if Silver Factory has myrrh or frankencense in it, but it just smells so darn good. If you know what's in it, please chime in.

Scottie November 29, 2012

I love a lot of incense perfumes. Amouage Tribute is probably my favorite, with Armani Prive Bois d'Encens my runner up...two VERY different moods, but also two of my most often worn perfumes.

rosiegreen November 29, 2012

You mentioned two of my absolute favorites, Parfum Sacre - the only perfume to wear for Christmas Midnight Mass and Mechant Loup - the scent I love the most on my husband, it definitely makes him smell edible. Thanks for a very interesting post and an amazing draw.

Victoria Palumbo November 28, 2012

What a freakin' great givaway - I had to 're-tweet' it! I can't tell you how difficult it is to name a favorite perfume perfume of any genre - I simply can't do it. So let me say this - I agree wholeheartedly with your assesments of Myrrhe et Delires, La Myrrhe and de Profundis as they are super-duper favorites of mine. You have many listed that are on my 'must sniff' list and I am totally intrigued by your mention of the Prada Myrrhe as I've never heard a peep about it! Now, I'll *have* to search it out, naturally. ;-) Did I mention what a great givaway this is?

mim666 November 28, 2012

I love frankincense and myrrh! lease count me in! Faves--a couple I didn't see and many I did: Keiko Mecheri Oliban (fresh and green/citrus/rosy frankincense) Zents (think this is discon?) Spirit Parfum Sacre, L'ADDM, Tauer Incense Extreme, Jubilation XXV, L'artisan Timbuktu and Dzongcha(spelling?) (must look for a sample of Passage D'enfer), Really want to try now, thanks for all the temptation!: SIP Fire and Cream,Serge Lutens de Profundis, Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant, CB I Hate Perfume Fire from Heaven, Baccarat Les Larmes Sacrees du Thebes, AbdesSalaam...

Holly F. November 28, 2012

I've been recently enjoying Parfums de Nicolai Vanille Tonka, and Donna Karan Black Cashmere is a longtime favorite of mine. I loved reading this article and just knew there would be several scents mentioned that I MUST sniff out, that I'd never even heard of before! Also, several mentioned that I've been actively seeking out but haven't been able to get my hands on yet. Erik Kormann Eau de Froehliche!

Eva S November 28, 2012

Tauer Incense Extreme is a favorite incense, but I've must confess I haven't smelled a lot of the perfumes on the list. Wearing Guerlain Encense Mythique d'Orient today, although it's not strong on incense despite the name.

Irina Reiter November 28, 2012

wonderful fragrances-thanks for the draw

Gvillecreative November 28, 2012

Gah. I'm dying (dying!) to win this, just for the Frankincense stuff. Is it bad that I'm not even sure what myrrh smells like? But oh, how I love frankincense. Especially in Amouage Beloved. it just smells so beautiful/peaceful/serene/deep/resinous/thought-provoking/smart/spiritual/human.

Linn November 28, 2012

And I just found my Laura Tonatto Amir decant under a pile of A la Nuit, Le Chevrefeuille and the like. Time for some more along this theme! Have you tried out the Attar Bazaar ones? Now those I like!

solanace November 28, 2012

Thank's for this list; these are some of my favorite notes and there are many fragrances there I have not tried yet. I would add another Amouage one: Dia Man, which does not smell manly on me at all, and has the most delicious (and pronounced) frankinsense note.

hongkongmom November 28, 2012

christian lacroix tumulte pour homme is a great great incense.

Jennifer /bookwyrmsmith November 28, 2012

I've been trying to expand my experience with incense.As a child all I knew of it was it was that stick stuff at the end of the potpourri aisle in the supermarket that only the hippie or trying to cover up pot smoke people bought. Oh and that apparently according to the Bible and lots of carols the Wise men brought it as a gift for Baby Jesus .(and I'm thinking incense smells like wierd artificial strawberries? ) Fast forward several years now I'm reading about Barbara Bui ,Nu ,and other scents that ARE incense with no wierd powdered artificial strawberries! I like the Tauer's the CDG series, the original CDG ,Original Armani Mania ,Cabaret,and vintage Opium (which has a boatload of spices too.) BTW doesn't Youth Dew have Myrhh or Opponax in it ? I haven't worn it since I bought the mini on a hot summer afternoon and wore a part of a drop of the parfum- Whoa baby is that stuff STRONG!! .And my boy cat objected to the scent of YD -I believe that's when he killed a pair of my favorite sandals. By the way as a word of warning to fellow perfume lovers -When checking to see if a bottle still works DON"T look at it directly! Personal experience today folks and it ain't fun to get My Sin parfum in the left eyeball ! I know there's some proverb that says something like " be sure your sin will find you out " but REALLY ? LITERALLY? MY SIN found my left eyeball ! And Wednesdayevening is Choir practice( AT CHURCH!) where we are not supposed to wear fragrance to(due to some having severe allergies/migraines), and which it seems I will be attending with my left eye bloodshot and watering from My Sin . Finding my eyeball . Oh the eye-ronic punniness of it all ! Ow!

farmerjk November 28, 2012

Afraid I'm another incense ho. CdG Avignon and SSS Incense Pure are at the top of my list, followed by Parfum Sacre, Nu, Smell Bent Incensed, Olympic Amber, and two 2011 Yule seasonals by Possets: Caspar and Melchior. And every once in a while, I get a hankering for Gres Cabaret, which smells to me like rinsed incense. Thanks for the draw.

Mariekel November 28, 2012

Incense...mmmm....now you are speaking my language! So many to love...My favourites are Kilian Incense Oud, the late Ceremony by Norma Kamali (which layers deliciously with Divine EDP and CB Wildflower Honey), YSL Nu. And I'm so glad to see someone else loves Rock Crystal! Luca gave it a very unfair drubbing. On the myrrh front, you know I adore La Myrrhe-_even though I find it disturbingly supulchral.

Christy C November 28, 2012

I never expected to like incense perfumes, but loved it when I first tried it in Seville a l'Aube. Now I need to try a bunch more! I've got a sample of De Profundis on its way already :)

farouche November 27, 2012

Love and adore Myrrhe et Delires. Thanks for the generous draw!

Lynne Marie November 27, 2012

Patty, Thank you for another great fragrance note post. It's weird, I don't think I've smelled any of the perfumes you mention, that has to be a first! Clearly, I have my work cut out for me. I'll be adding lots of scents to my "must smell" list. I feel like Anima Dulcis has an incense aspect to it, along with the chili and the chocolate and Lonestar Memories has something going on besides the blacktop and barbecue but I'm not sure what it is.

Ninara Poll November 27, 2012

Yay, another "Guide to... " post! I love this series of posts; not only are they informative, they give me something to work towards and have helped flesh out my "Once I have a well-paying job, these are the samples I will order" list ;) I have no favorite frankincense/myrrh scents; in fact, I think I have only been exposed to those two scents via sniffing loose ingredients in a local New Age shop (which tends to be heavily perfumed to begin with, so I'm not sure I actually smelled the ingredients properly), and via a Mass when I was in first or second grade and for whatever reason, that day our school's associated church decided to break out the incense. All I remember of it is that it was *sweet*, a tiny bit peppery-smoky-spicy, and gave me my first ever asthma attack; seriously, I almost passed out because I was having so much trouble breathing! I have yet to sniff any other church incense like it (I've caught the lingering remnants of burnt incense in other Catholic churches since, and none of them have smelled like that Mass's incense!). I wish I could track it down... I would happily wear it as a perfume, but very lightly. When did incense stop being commonly used in Masses? Post-Vatican II? Or is this a U.S. thing? NP P.S. Two lovely little packages arrived for me recently, and I promise I will send proper thank you notes soon :D i'd have sent them earlier, but the hubs checked the mail when said packages arrived, tossed them to the side, forgot to tell me about them, and only remembered to tell me yesterday. Sometimes I wonder if he actually remembers his name, his memory is so bad ;)

Caela November 27, 2012

I haven't smelled enough of these by a long shot, but my favorite incense is definitely Parfum Sacre. That drydown is just heaven. I've long been tempted by the CdG Incenses, particularly Avignon, but an overeager SA once sprayed me in it fit to drown, and I can't quite get over the memory of being suffocated by a cathedral.

marika November 27, 2012

I can't wait to try the fragrances listed here. I really like Mechant Loup, which is the only one I've sniffed. Back in the day I used to wear Frankincense essential oil. People would ask me what I was wearing, and ALL of them would ask, "Where's the myrrh?" Hardeeharhar.

Grace November 27, 2012

Oh, how I love incense perfumes! When someone says frankincense or myrrh, my mind immediately goes to CdG Avignon. Two other favorites: CdG Zagorsk (what a wintery beauty) and PdE Wazamaba. The combination of Fir and Incense really appeals to me.

Maureen November 27, 2012

I've been reading all the comments, because I did not have any experience with any of the fragrances you mentioned. I have had samples of Chanel 22 & Olfactive Studio's Chambre Noir...which I loved, but I thought of it as a leathery type ...definately got the booze. It is much heavier than the Chanel 22. I would love to try any or all of the fragrances you listed. I am Catholic, so I kinda know what frankincense is from church, and it sure brings up memories of Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, which they do not do anymore in any of the churches near me. I wish that they still did...it was a lovely way to start Christmas...and you did not have to get dressed so early on Christmas morning! I learn so much from these note posts. Thanks for the info and the draw.

Orla November 27, 2012

I rediscovered my little bottle of Attar Bazaar Frankincense and have been mixing it with various attars and oils every evening to create a quiet meditative scent. It melds well with so many things--esp various ambers.

tammy November 27, 2012

I am a huge fan of the Regina Harris; I think that what I have always thought of as amber in the scent is probably frankincense. Whatever it is, it makes me feel safe. Weird, huh? I truly love it, and am now dying to explore some of theses other scents! The only others I have tried are the Caron (love it) and the Guerlain, which I loved for about 30 minutes until it exploded into some kind of Monster Wood on me. Thanks for a chance to win; I have thoroughly enjoyed all these reviews!

Jennifer Counts November 27, 2012

I really liked Tauer's L'Air du Desert Marocain. I need to try Incense Extreme too. I tried Incense Rose, but the rose part of it was an utter disaster on me. It was a giant day-glo fruity rose beast. I have some frankincense essential oil that I like to mix with jasmine and amber attars, vetiver and bergamot. The combo isn't especially incensy.. more dry dusty earth with jasmine. Persian Shafiyat by Attar Bazaar is a nice inexpensive frankincense-y scent too.

Cheryl November 27, 2012

Caron's Parfum Sacre...Never fails to elicit lovely responses. A man young enough to be my son, sold me a printer and then insisted on carrying it to the car because he loved the Parfum Sacre atmosphere. Thank you for the draw.

HeidiA November 27, 2012

Avignon and Parfum Sacre, for sure. Avignon for pure spiritual rapture via incense, Parfum Sacre for a most lovely variation on the theme. Messe de Minuit is quite an experience -- stepping into a spooky crypt underneath a cathedral -- but not one I'd want to wear myself.

Mals86 November 27, 2012

I have only recently - in the last two weeks or so! - started deliberately exploring incense fragrances, and this is a valuable resource. Thanks, Miz P. I already loved Parfum Sacre and Lyric Woman, which I came at from a rose-appreciation angle, and La Myrrhe (probably my most valuable bottle of perfume, and certainly treasured), which I came at from an aldehyde-appreciation angle. Oh, and I loved PdN Vanille Tonka from first sniff, too. Other incensey things I've been enjoying lately: DK Black Cashmere (if anything can tempt me away from florals, it might be BC), CdG Zagorsk (wintery! in a where's-my-fur-cape sort of way), and Bond No. 9 AW Silver Factory (which does smell cold and metallic, and I like it). Some I didn't like: Passage d'Enfer (lilies and pine, so wrong), YSL Nu edp (sour, like wet ashes), PdE Wazamba (the horror... the horror). Some I haven't tried yet but have plans to get my hands on: Messe de Minuit, Avignon, Bois d'Encens.

Tara Monteleone November 27, 2012

I love Angelique Encens, but I don't know what type of incense it is. And, of course, it's discontinued! I think incense is my favorite note overall. I love Shaal Nur, but again I have no idea what incense that is. I

Illertissen November 27, 2012

When I saw this post's title, I resolved to postpone reading it until I could finish some morning chores, settle down with a big cup of coffee (and two aggressively snuggly dogs) and savor it properly. I LOVE incense, and this has been my favorite note-centered post so far! Some of my favorites are Comme des Garcons Kyoto, Olibanum (dear Profumum: please consider selling it in a bottle size that I can afford!), and the take-no-prisoners Norma Kamali Incense.

KathyT November 27, 2012

I need to get a lot of samples! My favorites have been L'Artisan Passage d'Enfer, the Annick Goutal ones, and Profumum Olibanum. Ave-Luxe used to make one just called Olibanum that was wonderful too.

Amy Bella November 27, 2012

My favorite frankincense is Tribute Attar... I'm a huge fan of smoky incense! I don't have as much experience with Myrrh. For some reason Myrrh Ardent smells exactly like root beer on me!

Liz K November 27, 2012

I am an incense whore and have tons of faves but Avignon and SSS Incense Pure are my top two (for today at any rate). Also, Scents of Earth has some truly fabulous Frankincense and Myrrh resins and oils, not to mention very nice incense. I hoard the resins in little boxes and pretend I am going to burn them someday (but never do, thanks to fear of smoke allergies and chronic migraines).

Joaquim November 27, 2012

I'm crazy for try La Myrrhe by SL! But i'm procrastinating the purchase of a sample, don't know why. Amouage is, as you said, the king of frankincense, and Jubilation was my first Amouage ever, so it has a very special feeling. There are so many perfumes in this draw that are new for me, crossing fingers! Thank you for the draw!

Shiloh Woodard November 27, 2012

I'm not sure I've actually smelled an "incense" perfume. I must have, right? Hmmmm, think, think, think.... Nope. BUT, I have a glorious Frankensense essential oil (which costs a pretty penny) and it smells gorgeous! Plus, it is truly healing. It heals scrapes, burns, acne, etc. beautifully, even better than lavender and I love, love, love is! Right now I'm burning a Frankensense/Patchouli candle, and oh mama, does it smell divine! It's meditative and addicting. Sigh. I am going to have to check out these babies, even if I only make it to Demeter!

Nancysg November 27, 2012

I love the Amouge frankincense that is in so many of their scents. I also enjoy Tauer's Incense Rose.

Patty Pong November 27, 2012

Though not listed in the article. I like a lot, Frankincense and Myrrh by Czech & Speake. Maybe because it doesn't smell like frankincense or myrrh.

Angelique November 27, 2012

Ohhhhh ... layering Frankincense , myrrh, sandalwood, and powdered gold copal has been one of *my* Special Little Conconctions. Why did I never think to see if some professional perfumer had done the same? Glad to have such information. (Will be glad when I can purchase L’Artisan Passage d’Enfer and Serge Lutens La Myrrhe samples.) Of course, when I'm ready to buy from you, I'll look through the list and my two treats will turn into 20. That's the risk I take when looking through your blog.

Martha November 27, 2012

I am nearly ignorant about incense based fragrances. The idea of frankincense and myrrh is mysterious and exotic - this is probably due to my upbringing as a Presbyterian. It was a dry immersion into religion. One time, when I was about 14, I went with a friend to a Catholic high mass and was just thrilled by the priests walking down the aisle swinging the incense censers. It was all most intriguing. At any rate, religious training aside, I tend to like fragrances that include some type of incensey note, or at least remind me of incense and spices. Am looking forward to expanding my perfumery education. Thanks for the opportunity, Patty.

Tatiana November 27, 2012

The ones I've tried and loved, Amouage Lyric (way more rose on my skin) and Jubilation, Ormonde Jayne Orris Noir and CdG Avignon. Mmm. And of course Armani Prive Bois d'Encens. I can't remember if I saw it when I was in Paris this past May. I really should have taken more notes while sniffing in Paris, because after 10 days it all became a blur. The ones I really want to seek out samples of and try, Annick Goutal Myrrhe Ardente and Caron Parfum Sacre. I love these one note, multi-perfume reviews. It makes me realize how little I've really smelled and how much more is out there to be explored!

Dubaiscents November 27, 2012

This might be my favorite of all of the note guides thus far! I absolutely love frankincense and myrrh and am always looking for the next great one. My favorite has to be Amouage Interlude Man (although, as you mention, Amouage is the king if frankincense so pretty much any of them are great). I am saving my pennies to get the Tribute attar. Armani's Bois d'Incense is easily available here in Dubai (jealous, I know) and the other day in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia I found a bottle of Parfum Sacre Extrait (my tiny little gold plated gem) for about $125 (I don't have to say I snatched that up without a second thought). I am so hoping to win this set of samples, I know I would love so many! Thanks for another wonderful guide!

Sandstorm936 November 27, 2012

I have not tried a lot of myrrh and frankincense perfumes. They only ones that I have tried was the Amouage Lyric and Jubilation 25. I got some frankincense in Lyric but a lot more fruit and rose. Jubilation 25 was just a lot of overripe fruit with a hint of frankincense. Eldarwen22 http://realmofeldarwen22.blogspot.com

Katharine November 27, 2012

I think incense might be my next Signature Scent. I nearly ordered a full bottle of Avignon after my last round of samples, but it's not quite perfect, or something. Close... but before I take the plunge, and probably wear it for the next six years, I would love to try something more obscure!

Elena November 27, 2012

Wow, I know so few of these. I have samples of Avignon, Parfum Sacre, and de Profundis, which I love and will be getting some play now that we move into December. I am crossing my fingers that they'll have the Annick Goutal at Nordstrom when I go next. I doubt they'll have many of the others to sniff. Off topic, but I also want to try Clinique Wrappings, because yes, it IS officially Christmas now.

suepar November 27, 2012

I think if SL had named De Profundis "Merry Mums" no one would ever associate it with funerals. To me it smells too mad and carefree to be contemplative. It's my very favorite though its probably the incense note I respond to.

monkeytoe November 27, 2012

I love the Durbano Black Tourmaline, the Tauer Incense Extreme and Incense Rose, and Knize Sec are a couple of my unmentioned fave incenses. I used to love Bond No. 9 AW Silver Factory, but I haven't sniffed that one in ages--I might have to dig up my decant.

Patty Schneider November 27, 2012

I haven't had much experience with incense up to now, but I've recently become a fan of Parfum Sacre and Chanel No. 22, with its lovely incense base notes.

EchoCharlie November 27, 2012

Wow...this list has moved me more than any of the others. I have been feeling very meditative lately. I have been eyeballing candles for my fix but I would love a perfume as well. I have had Parfum Sacre on my list for far too long...must push it to the front!

Heather Wood November 27, 2012

I'm curious. Do you consider labdanum an incense scent or will it have its own post at some point? To me it has the incense resiny qualities over a dark,pervasive heat that's very unlike the chillier myrrh et al. I find it completely addictive to sniff at so I wanted to bring it up, but if it's going to get its own post in the future, I'll stop yapping now.

Cyn Nagele November 27, 2012

My favorite is Penhaligon's Elixer. I also want to try Sonoma's incense. Thanks for the draw!

Ramona November 27, 2012

Well now, I am not too familiar with incense. Or Frankincense. Or Myyrh- I have a couple of samples of one ot two mentioned above, but being relatively new to the world of perfumes, I haven't had a chance to explore this particular category. Your great suggestions will keep my sniffer busy for a good long time! While I am still lost (and loving being lost) in leather based perfumes, I have a sample of Avingnon that I really like and I now have a list with which to go sample shopping! Mary Oliver is a SPLENDID poet! So happy she appeared above- it was the icing on a delicious cake of a post!

Twitchly November 27, 2012

Thanks so much for these reviews. I love, love, love incense fragrances. Encens Flamboyant is my holy grail incense, but there are so many I haven't yet tried. You've got me wanting to go sniffing in a big way. I really need to explore more myrrh fragrances; that's a note that often smells like root beer to me (and not in a good way). I'd love to smell it combined with my beloved frankincense. When I want to add straight-up incense to a fragrance, I'll dab a bit of a solid perfume with a riduculously long name: ShanghaiJava Encens Mystique by Crazylibellule and the Poppies. Sheesh. Anyway, it's cheap and smells like straight frankincense. I like to add it to the occasional woody scent. It's even interesting with Chanel No. 5. (I know, sacrilege.)

Laura Conrad November 27, 2012

I like Lutens Encens et Lavande. I suppose that might be too much of a lavender to make this article...

R_UN November 27, 2012

Huitieme Art Parfums Myrrhiad is a fave, but I also think it smells like root beer! Great picks in the list!

FearsMice November 27, 2012

Another Shaal Nur fan here. There are so many others I need to try, though. Must get busy! (This and the amber post are going to be my favorites, I think.)

CC_says November 27, 2012

So many lovely fragrances suggested here. Will have to seek out and sniff some of these suggestions. I would also like to add Mirra Mirra by I Coloniali ... Not a very complicated scent but I always get compliments when I wear it. Thanks for the draw, Patty. :-)

Queen Cupcake November 27, 2012

Hurray, it's winter! I know--people don't like to hear that kind of enthusiasm for the cold. But I love it and I'm going to say it: bring on the snow. And the Frankincense & Myrrh. ;-)

Portia November 27, 2012

Am I allowed to enter? This is the JUICE I would love to be sniffing over XMAS! Myrrh & Delices lasts on me for about 3 minutes before it goes skin scent. GRRRR Portia xx

Charlotte Scheuer November 27, 2012

I love any and all fragrances that have myrrhe or frankincense listed as ingredients. Even better would be if they are combined with incense. Anything with these elements is 'nectar of the gods' to me. I feel like I have entered a beautiful temple, I hear soft chimes and at peace. I don't wear these on a season basis because they are a 'mood' or 'feeling' to me. I love them year round!!

Dina C. November 27, 2012

I've been wearing Paestum Rose this fall. Another Duchaufour one for Eau D'Italie. It's rose plus incense. I like the old Messe de Minuit for occasions like Halloween and Christmas Eve. I have a sample of Baum de Doge that I'll have to get out and wear today. :-)

Sherri Miller November 27, 2012

Guerlain Encens Mythique d'Orient is a beautiful incense perfume. I like it because it's got that Guerlain sweet quality and doesn;t get too "churchy". I never thought of Orris Noir as an incense scent, but you're exactly right! Enjoyed this post! :-)

Jillie November 27, 2012

I think that it was Katie Puckrick who suggested layering Avignon with L'Artisan's Vanillia. Inspired by you, I am getting out my Avignon and am going to try this combo (I have three bottles of Vanillia, bought when I heard it was being discontinued!); I always think I frighten the other shoppers when I waft Avignon around, and I reckon the soft, sweet but ashy smell of Vanillia might just make it more palatable.

dinazad November 27, 2012

I love Lutens La Myrrhe - it smells of mushroom mycel deep in the roots of a forest.... Annick Goutal's Myrrh is a close second... My love for Messe de Minuit is well documented by now. I also adore Tauer's Incense Extreme and Incense Rose. And the one and only Air du Desert Marocain. Sonoma Scent Studio Winter Woods. Czech & Speake Frankincense and Myrrh. Guerlain Winter Delice. Etro Shaal Nur. So many wonderful perfumes, so little time, so little skin.... And Eau du Froehliche just cracks me up ("Oh du Fröhliche" is a well-known German Christmas song). I need to get that for the name alone!

Zazie November 27, 2012

My favorite incense, hands down, is annick goutal's encens flamboyant. I also like shaal nuur. I am quite ignorant about Myrrh. I learn tehre's quite a bit of it in sweet redemption's base - and I like the drydown very much, but have no idea what myrrh smells like. A shame, I know....

Jack Sullivan November 27, 2012

Serge Lutens La Myrrhe, no question about that! As for incense-based scents, I'd go for Serge Lutens Fourreau noir (incense for all Morticia Addams-wannabes), Parfum d'Empire Wazamba (incense and woods galore) or even Olfactive Studio Chambre Noire (booze and incense... and I'm not talking mass wine here, rather old Armagnac liquor).

Jackie b November 27, 2012

Serge Lutens Myrrh...so delicious, light and yet luscious (sounds like a yoghurt ad!) But I have also tried and love Keiko Mecheri Myrrhe et Merveilles, it has the same aldehydic top with the coolness of myrrh.

SBE November 27, 2012

L'Artisan Mechant Loup for sure...the gingerbread house in the forest to me! I have been dying to try CB Fire from Heaven, too!

ElizabethC November 27, 2012

Love, love, love the Serge Lutens myrrh! My husband brought me a bottle back from Paris and it is definitely the star of my perfume collection. It sparkles and has a warm, comforting feeling to it at the same time. I keep planning to buy some myrrh resin to see what the real stuff smells like.

Janice November 27, 2012

I have been looking forward to this post since you mentioned it weeks ago… I love frankincense and I’m surprised at how many of these I have not sniffed. (And how many I have where I wouldn’t have identified myrrh as a prominent note—like Mechant Loupe and Orris Noir.) I definitely need to revisit some of these this season, especially Baum de Doge. And I was so glad to see Erik Kormann Eau de Froehliche here—such a strange thing that just seems like it could go so very, very wrong, but it’s a great scent.

Andre November 27, 2012

Seven more fragrances: 1-"Casbah" by Robert Piguet, maybe the strongest incense parfum ever (one spray lasts more than 24 hours on skin!) and the nearest experience to the High Mass in a Catholic Church (despite its name!) ; 2-"Spiritus Land" by Miller& Bertaux, a very inusual incense fragrance with lots of ingredients that "renders" this fragranche under many aspects; 3-"Mirra" by Sergio Soldano, a pure myrrh EDT really inexpensive; 4-"Ambre" by Arno Sorel, don't be fooled by its name, it's seems "incense poured all over leather", really enjoyable; 5- "Incense Extreme" by Andy Tauer the name says it all; 6- "Incense pure" by SSS (Sonoma Scent Studio), again, name says it all; and last but not least, "ShaalNur" by Etro. Every one of this Magnificent Seven deserve a try!

saffyishere November 27, 2012

Rather disappointed re your descriptions of two frags. 1. De Profoundis is so icy cool and deeply rich simultaneously I wouldn't dare associate with 'after funeral sex'. I. have worn to 3 funerals this yr. 2.Aesop's Mystra..you suggest as being 'bland'...IMHO ,it is 'magical' .Where I live is a "fume wasteland' so to my nose something very different like Mystra' is pleasant. Also Neil Morris has a gorgeous nod to 'High Mass' with his scent also called Cathederal. I might have to seek out a few samples of these gorgeous sounding scents. thanks for the Enlightentment.

Alisa Notte Sorkin November 27, 2012

I was just in the spice shop smelling the frankincense and myrrh tears they had on the shelf. So lovely! I almost bought some for burning at home.

Amy van de Laar November 27, 2012

Incense notes are my absolute favourites! I love Passage d'Enfer and SL's La Myrrhe. Right now I'm wearing 'Incensed Short Fuse' from Smell Bent, which has cardamom and pepper notes in with the frankincense. Mmmm...

Heather Wood November 27, 2012

I have a bottle of myrrh essential oil that I sniff at occasionally because it reminds me of the scent that I experienced in the Great Pyramid when I went to Egypt a million years ago. At the time I thought of it as the very scent of the Ancient and Timeless. Turns out it was the scent of the incense burned by some latter-day Isis worshippers who were there just before me. Either way, it was wonderful and the experience wouldn't have been the same without that deathly/living perfume. Can't wait to try a few of these perfumes.

Katie November 27, 2012

Eau de Froehliche is one of my all-time favorites ever!

Hawks kitten November 27, 2012

I'm excited about this one. I love me some incense in a perfume!