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Monday, February 27, 2006

Perfume review: Il Profumo Encens Epice

Created by an Italian company Il Profumo (about which I am unable google up any information, hard as I try), Encens Epice is one of the most savory scents I have tried, second only to the smoky, practically burnt BBQ-ed meat scent of Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier’s Eau des Iles and no-less smoky and perhaps even more “meaty” Kolnisch Juchten. Luckyscent are very honest and very correct in their description of this fragrance, when they say that Encens Epice leans more toward spice than incense. As far as my nose is concerned, this is all Epice and none of the Encens.

Encens Epice is an aromatic, salty, spicy, herbal, woody concoction that ultimately smells of smoked hot and spicy sausages cooked and eaten in a pine forest. It is a strange and strangely appealing scent that is practically gourmand in a savory, not sweet kind of way. Peculiarly enjoyable as it is, I hesitate to call it universally wearable, apart from the drydown, which rather pleasantly albeit less interestingly smells of pine and coriander, with a vague hint of citrus. Fans of smoky, spicy scents might find Encens Epice likeable. Lovers of incense will feel cheated and disappointed. Encens Epice is not full bottle worthy for me, but I am going to keep my sample; should ever I lose desire for food, this pungent scent is guaranteed to act as an olfactory hors d'oeuvre and awaken my appetite.

Encens Epice is available at Luckyscent, $80.00 for 100ml of Eau de Parfum, $85.00 for 50ml Encens Epice Absolu oil – spray.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for a lovely review. Yes, it is a strange scent, but I enjoy the products from this line very much-once in a while.
Try www.ilprofumoshop.com
Greetings Bonnie

4:38 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Bonnie,
Thank you very much for the site. The address is so obvious, I am ashamed of myself :-)

8:23 AM EST  
Blogger lilyofbp said...

Hmmmm. . . sounds like something I might like--and I do have a sample somewhere:) Can't try it now, b/c I'm covered in Vanille Tonka (mmmm), but will do so soon. I'm not crazy about pine, though, so we'll have to see.

8:48 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Judith,
I was in a way impressed with this scent. If nothing else, it's quite unusual. I haven't heard many positive reviews about Il Profumo scents though. Have you tried any other fragrances in this line? This was the only sample I had, but I am actualy now interested enough to try more :-)

9:01 AM EST  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

I am still working my way through this line. Haven't gotten to Encens Epice yet, and so far, haven't found a winner.

11:17 AM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

R,
Somehow I don't think you'd consider Encens Epice a winner either.

11:21 AM EST  
Blogger marchlion said...

That sounds really weird. I'm going to check their website and see if they'll send me a sample. :-)

3:20 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Marhc,
I love the way your mind works: weird = must try!
:-)

4:23 PM EST  
Blogger katiedid said...

That first sentence gave me a mental picture of Homer Simpson leaning over a perfume bottle, and drooling, "Mmmmmmm.... meaty." Interesting descriptions and comparisons.

Eh, I'll trust your taste on this one, M. Too much else floating around out there to try anyhow.

4:36 PM EST  
Blogger colombina said...

Katie,
It is interesting but not so interesting that one would want to make an effort to unearth a sample to sniff. :-)

5:08 PM EST  

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