as you can see from my collection, I really love the smell of incense, especially the smokey mix of frankincense and myrrh they burn in catholic churches, but also balsamic, resinous incense in general, and I'm always looking for more.
The only fragrances that I think fill this niche very well are Armani Privé - Bois d'Encens and Cardinal, though the first one is expensive enough to put me off from purchasing a full bottle, especially considering it's a designer fragrance, and the second one has underwhelming performance on my skin.
I've tried a number of others, the better ones that come to mind are Olibanum, Enclave, Series 3: Incense - Avignon, Full Incense, Incense, Fille en aiguilles, and some cheap ones as well, Ikon, Majd al Sultan, and Supremacy Incense, but I feel like none of them had the right mix of balsamic, dry and smokey incense I'm looking for.
Olibanum for example has a supremely realistic smell of olibanum only, with hardly any myrrh and no smoke.
Enclave is more smokey, but there's not a lot of incense compared to other, greener notes.
Fille en aiguilles is much too sweet for my taste, and the cheaper ones like Majd al sultan and Supremacy Incense feature much more sweetness, amber/labdanum and vanilla than actual incense, so they might be smokey but they're not really balsamic.
I've recently found out about another incense fragrance, Shanaan, a discontinued fragrance of which I'm trying to find a sample before committing to a full bottle, but alas, the only person I found who's selling samples doesn't ship to Italy where I live and reviews are few and far in between, so I'll keep looking for a way or other to sample it, same as La Liturgie des Heures and Casbah, which seem quite hard to come by in their own right at this point.
With these tastes in mind, can you think of any other fragrance that I should look into, be it something of splendid high quality that's worth a steep expense, or something that might not fit the bill 100% but is cheap enough to be a good deal regardless
Thanks in advance, and have a good one!