Thursday, December 16, 2010
Bois d'encens by Armani
This starts out with a conglomeration I can only describe as a citric incense. It doesn't last long and I don't believe citrus is utilized here, but that's what assails my nose. Within moments, the incense makes its presence felt. It's a flat rendition and seemingly evokes a gray colour to my minds eye. However....it does improve after about 10 minutes and I'll explain.....
There's a combination of wood and dominant frankincense that, once the settling down has occurred, truly gives the wearer a remarkable rendition of incense (with the ashes) that you would smell in church. I can say this with certainty since I was an altar boy as a lad. I recall that smell and this version literally has ash and a flat cedar note to go with it. Now, with that said, that's all I get from Bois d'encens. It has no movement other than the opening transition.....and that lasts only minutes...thankfully.
This high end Armani does not justify the price point.....no....not even close. It does offer the realistic mass incense note, but that's doesn't cut it for me. I need a bit more from an incense frag........especially one that costs as much as this one does. I have to give a neutral rating for Bois d'encens simply for its frankincense rendition and unless someone were to give me a bottle or decant, it won't find its way into my arsenal.