Twelve Smells of Christmas – Day Three: The Gift of the Magi

There are so many incense fragrances out there now, it’s difficult to remember a time when incense was not thickly represented on perfume counters.  But once upon a time it was so.  You had forests of florals and thickets of ambers and, shrubberies full of citrus colognes but incense perfumes – they were rare.

Now they are to be found in the Montale line and the Comme des Garçons and the by Killians, not to mention the Amouages, part of the whole merging of Middle Eastern with French perfume movement.

My first real encounter with frankincense, however, was with none of these mono-note essays;  it was with Parfums de Nicolai’s Vanille Tonka. Continue reading