Holy smoke as a Cathedral during a winter service
IKON is a sign, as a word or graphic symbol, whose shape suggests its meaning. And this is ZIRH IKON. I was captured by the shiny black bottle with the round metal cap, imagining a mysterious black juice inside. Maybe a little disappointed with the performance. However, I am happy to report that IKON is much better than I imagined.
It begins with a light, fresh note of lemon and ginger blend. There is a quick transition from citrus freshness to spicy and aromatic notes of green cardamom and mugwort.
Midway through development, it releases a decent quality of resinous labdanum. You have to pay close attention, but cinnamon bark and clove buds are also detectable in IKON. No matter how hard I try, I don't have Iris's dusty vibe, at least not during this phase.
The base notes of IKON smell precisely as I thought, so dirty, amber and musky. The generous and warm olibanum appears after about an hour, it is resinous, smoky and dark like what you hear in a church during a winter service. It is impressive. Imagine putting all flavours of incense sticks in a can, closing the lid and opening it the next day.
Despite the presence of dark, deep and opulent oriental notes, IKON is not incredibly long-lived, and the sillage is not great unless you take a bath, so suitable for a dinner date or something on a cold and rainy night. I see it more of an evening perfume. Although it screams warm winter nights, I can see this works even on a warm fall evening due to cedar and vetiver, but I have yet to try it. Sure, you could quickly wear it for office work, given the harmless projection, but you'll need to freshen it up in the afternoon if you want to smell good when you get home or meet your friends after work. Here's my take on IKON, it's neither a meh nor a whoa, although I think I like it, a decent, cool evening scent. It's not an annoying scent, but safe and healthy, harmless, and it smells so damn good.