Hey there Posse! Jin is the first name of my husband, more fully Jinhyeok. Whenever we go travelling we often end up in temples to churches and buy the incense they sell as a souvenir and olfactory memory. There is a drawer FULL to overflowing here of our various purchases. Jin also called his dog Jinx, or JinX. So from this history of behaviour I thought he’d be incredibly excited by a fragrance basically called Jin Incense. This is a pretty logical step in my mind, right? Encens Jinhae should, in any reasonable universe, have been a big win for me finding and acquiring a decant from Surrender To Chance? Nope. He couldn’t care less. HA! People can be very unpredictable. Upside? I now have quite a large decant of Encens Jinhae for myself.
Encens Jinhae by Atelier Cologne
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Chinese pink pepper, Indian nutmeg, Sicilian lemon
Heart: South korean cherry blossom, Turkish rose absolute, Uzbek frankincense
Base: Indonesian patchouli, New Caledonian sandalwood, Philippine elemi
Encens Jinhaes sweet zingy pepper/berry and lemon are such a beautiful pairing on open. It says nutmeg, and I get some randomly spicy spice but it doesn’t say nutmeg per se. I’m much more aware of the resinous incense, wow! It really pops for me. This opening sequence is amazing, I don’t understand what Jin doesn’t love about it.
Funnily, the rose is giving me hints of Patou Joy through the heart. Just a sideways glance but it was a fun connection, especially among all this spicy incense. Then the perfumery dream of what cherry blossom takes centre stage. It’s still buoyed by the rest of the notes but it’s like everything else is peeled back to reveal this very pretty, 21st century smell of slightly fruity cherry blossom. Lovely.
Then the pieces of the fragrance seem to coalesce and stop being about the separate parts and become a unified something more that the sum of its parts. Now I am smelling something lovely and interesting. Low key enough to wear comfortable;y but unusual enough to maintain my attention.
Dry down is slow but it’s more that Encens Jinhae becomes less and less noticeable unless you’re looking. Soft focus incense/woods and a little lick of lemon till the very end.
Sillage and projection are very introverted after the first 20 minutes. Longevity is moderate. Unisex, all the way. Very calm and contemplative.
Does it sound like something you’d like?