In late July, I picked 5 great incense fragrances for summer wear. Now that we've got a decent chill in the air here on the East Coast, it's time for the fall version. As always, do add your own picks in the comments!
L'Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu ~ A number of people mentioned Timbuktu in the comments to my summer incense post, and I know some people feel Timbuktu really blooms in the heat. Some other people (including me) find Timbuktu a bit much in hot and humid weather. Whatever season you prefer, it's a distinctive fragrance that smells as much like dirt and old paper and spices (with a touch of sour mango) as it does like incense. If you've never tried it, do. Even if you hate it, I don't think you'll be bored. If you almost like it but it doesn't work for you, you could try the brand's Dzongkha, which I think of as another meditation on the same "travel via incense" theme.
Comme des Garçons Black ~ It is not, to my mind, cold enough yet for the brand's high church incense entry, Avignon, but Black's mix of incense and birch tar, decorated with spices and licorice, is just right on a chilly fall evening. If it's just too much for you, try the Black Play that I included on my summer list, or for more spicy incense options, try the earlier Comme des Garçons scents Jaisalmer (from the Incense series) or Comme des Garçons 2 Man.
Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure ~ I had a hard time choosing between Incense Pure and Tauer Incense Extrême, both of which are bracing, outdoorsy incense scents with traces of woodsmoke. Either one wears perfectly in crisp fall weather; the Sonoma Scent Studio gets the edge here because it reminds me of what fall smells like in northern New Mexico, and I do miss New Mexico.
Bond no. 9 Andy Warhol Silver Factory ~ the Bond no. 9 brand is no longer the perfumista's darling that it once was, and Andy Warhol Silver Factory is no longer called Andy Warhol Silver Factory — now it's just "Silver" and it comes in a relatively plain silver star bottle. Either way, I still love this bold woody incense with an odd, almost discordant metallic opening and a cushy-smooth dry down.
Aedes de Venustas Oeillet Bengale ~ I said when I reviewed it that it probably wasn't a summer fragrance, but it's just right for October and would probably carry you through the winter as well (and I think I'd say the same of their new Copal Azur, although I haven't spent that much time with it yet). Oeillet Bengale is dense and spicy, and has just enough of a powdery slash almost-sweet floral heart to make it a very different sort of incense than all the others listed here, but it's not so floral (or so focused on carnation) to make it feminine — anybody could wear it. I think of it as the fall alternative to Etro Shaal Nur, which will certainly make my spring list.
Do share your picks!