Incense 1985

Incense by Norma Kamali
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Incense is a popular perfume by Norma Kamali for women and men and was released in 1985. The scent is smoky-resinous. Projection and longevity are above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Fragrance Notes

MyrrhMyrrh
FrankincenseFrankincense

Ratings

Scent

8.162 Ratings

Longevity

9.548 Ratings

Sillage

8.548 Ratings

Bottle

7.443 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 19.06.2021.
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8.5
Scent
10
Longevity
9
Sillage
8
Bottle
4
Pricing
Drseid

809 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
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Powerhouse Dark Incense...
Norma Kamali Incense opens with an almost dark citrus fruit liquor-like copal, with a co-starring radiant dark, woody frankincense and myrrh tandem before transitioning to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart the fruity liquor of the copal dissipates as the radiant dark, woody frankincense and pine-like myrrh accord takes complete control, seeming to increase exponentially as it adds a cedarwood undertone. During the late dry-down, the progression remains highly linear as the dark woody incense holds throughout, losing its radiant power gradually as time passes through the finish. Projection is excellent to outstanding and longevity outstanding at nearly 24 hours on skin.

It took me many years to sample the near-legendary Norma Kamali Incense due to its "unicorn" status and sky high prices for even a small sample. One day, however, a generous discussion group member sent a sample to me along with some other rarities to get my nose on, and I am glad to finally do so... I guess now having worn the perfume a few times I can see the allure to pure dark incense lovers, as it is a *huge* rather stark, dark woody incense that projects for the first few hours like crazy, only gradually tamping down over time. To love this perfume you have to be fine with highly linear development, as apart from the interesting fruit liquor infused dark incense open, things don't change much from the relentless dark, cedarwood and pine-like incense and myrrh tandem that hammers the wearer into submission over time. In the case of this writer, I don't mind a linear progression, but the scent profile of this particular one is certainly top quality and impressive, but difficult to wear often or indeed at all. I find myself reaching for slightly less intense incense offerings like Incense Oud by Killian or even hardcore incense perfumes like Ma Nishtana by Parfum Prissana. That said, if you are looking for a "take no prisoners" dark woody incense that has legendary staying power it is hard to fault Norma Kamali Incense. The bottom line is the discontinued and extremely difficult to source on the aftermarket Norma Kamali Incense is a near-reference quality "outstanding" 4 to 4.5 stars out of 5 rated dark linear incense that is recommended to those seeking a powerhouse dark incense, but those seeking finesse may want to look elsewhere for their incense fix.
7
Scent
Peter373

3 Reviews
Peter373
Peter373
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Hydrogen Bomb of Smell
by far the strongest fragrance i've ever smelt. top notes are: fire, and brimstone. more like a proof of concept than something you'd actually put on your skin.
10
Scent
10
Longevity
10
Sillage
ScentFan

331 Reviews
ScentFan
ScentFan
   5  
Hugely Expensive Colossus
When I heard that Norma Kamali had only two bottles left at the eye-opening price of $1500 apiece, I considered buying one. Then I came to my senses. Would I actually wear this divine monster? Nope. I'd just periodically haul it out when, for instance, I'd lost a loved pair or earrings -- or faith in life. This incense will restore anything. It smells like the earth must have on its first day when the hand of God reached down into that clay and made the first man. I don't think anything will ever exceed the smell of Norma Kamali's incense. Can't wear it, though. It's too full of all that's mighty. Me, I'm a gal who wants to smell like the stuff of dreams made real, not the most glorious dragon.
7
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Tinctureall

94 Reviews
Tinctureall
Tinctureall
Helpful Review    4  
The legend stands up to scrutiny
Finally I get to wear this legend. Long have I only read about it. It is exactly what it says on the bottle in brut force. To bury your head in a huge bowl of mixed incense, with incense burning around you but no smokiness. Pure resins with an alcoholic twist. The Myrhh announcing it's presence before handing over the ropes to the frankincense . There is labdanum here but it isn't sweet. If you sat right next to the bowls in a Thai wat, then you would be somewhere near this. This is an extremely accurate and faithful representation. It feels like incense that has been magnified. As for wearing it as a perfume however, it is only for the incense addicts. It calms after about half an hour to become bearable, but is an uncompromising incense beast before that. This is the sort of thing the Nasomatto and Slumberhouse hard-hitting fiends are after.
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