If you are looking for an “authentic” smelling incense perfume that focuses more on the raw ingredients of traditional incense more than smelling like something liturgical, check out Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure.
Incense Pure opens as a musty frankincense and myrrh. I also get a sharp piñon. I have little apothecary jars filled with resins: frankincense, myrrh, piñon, and labdanum. And I have little apothecary jars filled with woods and plants: sandalwood, Virginian cedar, patchouli leaves and orris root. When I have all of the lids off of the jars, it smells exactly like Incense Pure. Incense Pure goes from “raw” resins to burning resins and woods. It becomes smokier but it is never “smoky”. I like that Incense Pure isn’t “churchy”. It’s all about showcasing the raw ingredients of incense vs. transporting you to a different time or place. After thinking about it, I realize that there aren’t many non-”churchy” incenses on the market. The dry-down is dry, warm woods with resins – sandalwood, cedar, elemi.
Incense Pure has tons of fans; those interested in niche perfumes seem to love incense perfumes. However, Incense Pure is too literal for me. Now if I could throw this over a block of charcoal and burn it, I would. It’s a high-quality resinous incense fragrance. I feel the difference between Incense Pure and other straightforward incense scents is that Incense Pure lacks “brightness”. It’s mustier and yes, gothier. Oh, and it won’t remind one of Mass.
Notes listed include frankincense, myrrh, labdanum, cistus, natural oakmoss, aged Indian patchouli, sandalwood, cedar, ambergris, orris, angelica, rose, elemi and vanilla. Launched 2010. PERFUMER – Laurie Erikson
Give Incense Pure a try if you like authentic smelling incense perfumes. Or if you like perfumes like April Aromatics Calling All Angels, Montale Full Incense, Norma Kamali Incense, Etro Messe de Minuit and/or Comme de Garcons Incense Series. Incense Pure is unisex and leans more masculine on my skin.
Projection is average and longevity is above average. Those resins like to stick around.
Incense Pure is available in a few sizes with prices ranging from $18-$80 at Sonoma Scent Studio. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Literal resins and raw incense ingredients. Like I said, I don’t see myself wearing this one. However, I LOVE that this perfume exists. There aren’t many perfumes in the non-liturgical incense category that actually smell sophisticated. Incense Pure smells expensive and sophisticated. And if you are a fan of the smell of raw resins and woods, you should give this a try.
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