Incense, for any Catholic, is first and foremost associated with a church service (Comme des Garcons Avignon or Heeley Cardinal). But that is not the only possible incarnation of the note, some incense pefumes do not evoke holy halls, but the great outdoors.
Laurie Erickson’s Incense Pure, a 2010 release that replaced the earlier Encens Tranquille.
Notes include frankincense CO2, myrrh EO, labdanum absolute, cistus oil, natural oakmoss absolute, aged Indian patchouli heartnote fraction, sandalwood, cedar, ambergris, orris, angelica root absolute, elemi EO and vanilla absolute.
There are two things that make this incense perfume special to me. One is the intense feeling of freedom and exhilaration I get from inhaling deeply. Relaxing and invigorating a the same time, Incense Pure feels almost like a medication, rather than a perfume.
The second reason I love Incense Pure is the underlying ambery base. Sweet, dense, treacly almost but not heavy, this amber is truly swoon-worthy.
What is bewitching almost, is the sense of space that Incense Pure creates. It is a simultaneous evocation of the very small and dense and the very large and wide. Micro- and macrocosmos, the big and the small, up as well as below, in Incense Pure I find both.
I am not a spiritual person, in fact I roll my eyes at most non-scientific things, I am a hardened skeptic and sarcasm is very dear to me, but nonetheless, Incense Pure gets to me in ways that allow me to suspend disbelief for a while and just open myself to whatever is out there.
For some time at least, Incense Pure helps to open my view of the world a little wider. Not too bad for a perfume, isn’t it?