It comes out of the gate swinging, opening with a fierce and spicy mélange of ginger, red pepper and angelica that adds fiery sparks to the prominent incense note at the heart of all of Durbano’s scents. As the heat settles, rich saffron comes forward, bridging to a beautiful blend of floral and wood notes that entwine themselves in the frankincense. Blissful magnolia and the pillowy, sugar-dipped almond note of heliotrope soften and sweeten the incense, but never dominate it, and a satisfying base of sandalwood, cedar wood, benzoin and musk anchors the dreamy lightness, resulting in a mesmerizing dance of earth and air, of bitter and sweet. Serene and hypnotic, this is a warm and subtle take on incense, with occasional flashes of brilliant spice.
Additional notes include elemi incense, oliban, red mandarin, nagarmotha, myrrh and ambergris.
Olivier Durbano Heliotrope is available now at Luckyscent, $150 for 100 ml Eau de Parfum.