Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tauerama!: Incense Extreme review

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The countdown continues for my Tauer perfumes discovery set giveaway. If you are interested, I encourage you to enter the draw here. 578px-Incense

As its name suggests, Incense Extreme is a dry and pleasantly intense incense perfume, straightforward in its intentions, with a brace of bitter herbs at the opening. It then morphs into a very well-composed resinous frankincense and myrrh rounded out with what smell to me like cedar and roses—the immediately recognizable Tauer ones, which are distinct, as far as my nose can tell, from all other roses I have smelled. It takes on an almost tarry, leathery resonance in the drydown—at one point I was asking myself: is this more of  a leather fragrance than an incense one? 

Like all of Tauer’s creation, this is well-crafted, interesting, and long-lasting, with a distinct roundedness I get from all Tauer’s scents—and I lo431px-Påskeprosesjon_Caceres_ (1)ve it very much. It is resinous and woody, but never loses a certain sweet floral note that keeps it approachable. I would heartily recommend Incense Extreme to any incense/aromatics lover, although at times I felt myself wishing for a little darker profile—a little more smolder in this smoke.

One final note: I can’t find the orris root in this composition at all, although the official notes name it—I wonder if this is, in fact, a really cool thing, since, as far as I can tell, orris perhaps should not be detectable when used correctly to give roundness and depth to everything else…..

CREDITS:

Burning incense sticks at Mount Wutai, China, taken by David Wilmot, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Incense burning in Egyptian market, taken by B. Simpson Cairocamels,

Easter procession in Caceres taken by Nina Aldin Thune

courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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