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Incensi by Lorenzo Villoresi is a green incense, not smoky, or dark, or ethereal, or other-worldly, but green and different. Villoresi uses as many pure essences as possible, and right out of the bottle I detect his signature herbal accord that opens many of his scents. This time it’s the drama of leafy notes and galbanum, a green/sour sappiness mixed with the tart sweetness of apple and lemon, the balsamic note of elemi, the lime citrus of bergamot, and incense – what a strong and heady mix!
The accord smells nearly medicinal, then begins to sweeten and become spicy as the heart notes rise up – labdanum and mimosa add the sweet, cinnamon, ginger and pepper add the spice, and juniper rounds out the heart with its distinctive boozy resin note. The green is still floating on top, and I think I detect a hint of anise as it mixes with the spicy heart.
As the heart notes deepen, the incense evolves and becomes stronger, with touches of leather from benzoin, but is restrained by the other resins and woods - sweet smooth myrhh, tolu, opoponax, and creamy sandalwood. The long dry-down is subtle and balanced, seamless really, resiny woods with spice, with smooth and slightly powdery incense, a waft of cool calm with a gentle but firm power. From such a big opening, we end up in a quiet place.
Incensi is incense with out the smoke or the dry churchy-ness typical of many incense fragrances. Because of the green accord, it’s more body than soul, more song than prayer, and feels alive on my skin. I think it works better in summer rather than winter – the heat brings out the nuances of sweet and spiced woods that make Incensi so unusual and interesting. But it’s the inspired use of green notes with incense that make Incensi such a magnificent fragrance for women and men.  
Notes: Green notes, elemi, galbanum, apple, lemon, bergamot, cinnamon, labdanum, ginger, juniper, mimosa, pepper, incense, benzoin, myrrh, styrax, tolu, opoponax, sandalwood.
Type: EdT
Parfumeur: Lorenzo Villoresi

Price: $5.00