Opens with the driest incense I have ever encountered. It smells like a scorching desert wind, carrying the faintest olfactory traces of a faraway trading point: woods, spices and smoke. The composition is enticing but forbidding at the same time, spare but complex. Like many before me I see a shoe polish nuance in the top notes, but thankfully it dissolves within the first ten minutes. I'd describe the scent's structure as follows: (base) amber - woods - (core) resins and balms - spices (corona). Once the top notes have vanished, the scent is warmer and softer, because sandalwood and benjoin now dominate the composition. The fragrance is in the vein of Shams by Memo which I prefer. The dry-down is characterized by labdanum with a smudge of dry woods.