Hi there Posse! Wazamba by Parfum d’Empire is a fragrance I bought a few years ago and then it sat in the wardrobe wishing for attention while I wore the CdG Incense series, L’Heure Mysterieuse XII by Cartier and Exultat by Maria Candida Gentile. While looking through my collection for a downsizing sale I retried it. O M G! It’s freaking amazing. How did I leave this lovely incense rich beauty sitting forlorn? Consequently you are getting this post!
Patty also loved some Perfume d’Empire scents when they launched.
Wazamba by Parfum d’Empire 2009
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Aldehydes, Apple, Frankincense, Cypress
Heart: Myrrh, Plum, Frankincense
Base: Fern, Opoponax, Sandalwood, Frankincense
Parfum d’Empire does not get enough attention. Their fragrances are not all exactly my style but al of them are so beautifully crafted with what feels like real thought and intention. I’m so surprised the Creed and Parfum de Marley peeps haven’t discovered them. Maybe because the prices aren’t stupidly aspirational.
Wazamba is a perfect case in point. Incense is a tough and competitive market. Some of the biggest hype trains in the niche collecting world have been centred around incense heavy fragrance. Amouage and Serge Lutens have used it extensively. CdG did the whole Incense series. Sancti by Liquids Imaginaires and many of the DSH Perfumes are heavily incense oriented. I think Wazamba has been created in a different enough vein to be a must try for incense lovers.
How does Wazamba smell? The opening is a crisp incense. It’s cold and unburnt yet. I only notice the apple because it’s in the note list. It adds a little Japanese bent to the incense. The heart adds a little warmth and smoke to the mix but not a huge amount. We hit a beautiful stasis that lasts up to an hour before my nose starts really detecting the creamy smoothness of sandalwood and the dry down smells like being in an old, beautifully kept, wooden temple. Still the smell of incense but so much more. Resins, woods, cream, humanity and the dry whisper of dusty and prayers.
Excitingly, Surrender To Chance has Wazumba samples.
Do you have a favourite incense and will you share in the comments?