Which perfume featuring a prominent incense note is on your favorite list?
Which incense perfumes do you love, like, hate?
What do you associate with incense?
Incense, for me, has strong associations with the catholic church. I grew up going to church every Sunday and it was not always what I wanted, but I’m still grateful for the socialization and education I received there.
It was only through perfume that I started to break that strong connection between incense and church with all its attendant emotions. Andy Tauer’s Incense Extreme and Incense Rosé introduced me to the idea of incense representing wide open spaces and Laurie Erickson cemented that revelation with her gorgeous Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure.
Of course there are the church incenses too (Heeley Cardinal, Comme de Garcons Avignon), they are welcome on days when I need to see the bigger picture to get away from the petty worries of everyday life.
My favorites in the incense category are Armani Privé Bois d’Encens and Comme de Garcons Kyoto. Both are utterly serene and calm. Like a drug, but safer, they work to unwind my nerves and put a cooling hand on my feverish, racing mind.
I look forward to discovering all your incense favorites!
Thanks to Julie L. for the idea to this MQ!