I always find it difficult to write a review of a scent that prominently features a note I don't care for. I don't want to knock a perfume just because that note and I don't get on well. Such is the case with incense and me. Try as I might to like it, I just don't. I can appreciate it's role as a perfume ingredient, but the smell does not appeal to me. There is this musty camphor-like aspect to it that turns me off. Nevertheless, I don't want to rule out the possibility that maybe, just maybe, there is an incense prominent perfume I could like.
And so I approach Incense Rose, a perfume I've heard many good things about. At first spray, I think, 'Oh I do not like this at all.' It strikes me as very medicinal and I have the fleeting thought that I might have to scrub it off (something I rarely do). Luckily, this camphorous, almost sickly sweet and medicinal smell softens and a green/woody and deep rose smell emerges. This is a lovely, realistic red rose smell (albeit fairly faint). There is also something very intriguing about how this dark rose plays hide and seek with the incense.
I wait a bit longer and the scent settles into something a bit more powdery and woody (think Guerlain's Vol de Nuit). Still, this is an incense heavy scent, and the distinct smell of incense persists throughout the life of the scent. (Btw, I also wore this to bed, and smelled in on my sheets the next day. It was less incense and more spicy rose, woods and amber. Now that I like. Maybe if I sprayed it on my clothes...)
I wish I could say that, yes, I have found it, an incense I love. It isn't, but you know what, the artistry in this perfume is evident as is the superb quality of the ingredients. If you are a fan of incense, this could very well make you swoon.