animnafets, I have the same kind of toxic nostalgia for the low-grade diesel fumes I remember from my tween years in Moscow. Lucky for us we live in an age where every olfactory nuance can be recreated in a bottle, from the bumper 2006 narcissus harvest in L’Artisan Parfumeur Fleur de Narcisse, to a rip-snortin’ case of gastric distress in Liquid Ass.
I'm looking for a fragrance that embodies China. I spent a lot of
my childhood in China and whenever I smell industrial smoke or
cigarette smoke it's very nostalgic (and lung cancer-inducing). So is
the incense they burn everywhere in China, but I have no idea what it is!
So, I'm looking for a tobacco-y smoky incense-y scent with maybe some tea or herbal notes. Nothing TOO strong though, seeing as how the weather's getting hot. Suggestions?
But even though the notes you crave may be extreme, you still gotta wear this shizz, so I’m excited to recommend L’Artisan Parfumeur Dzongkha. Inspired by the Himalayas, perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour worked spicy tea and smoky incense into a transparent, arid iris. Dzongkha would be no problem to carry off in hot weather.
Recklessly leaving my gas mask behind in the fallout shelter, I’ve ventured further into the biohazard genre of fragrances to retrieve these additional beautiful pollutants:
Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant: ashy, piney frankincense.
État Libre d'Orange Jasmin et Cigarettes: attractively ashy jasmine. (This smells like the jasmine version of L’Artisan Parfumeur Vanilia, an ashtray vanilla with the same creamy/dusty hue.)
biehl parfumkunstwerke mb03: a summer-weight Comme des Garçons Avignon -- crisp, sheer incense.
L’Artisan Parfumeur Tea for Two: smoky, spicy chai.
Etro Palais Jamais: smoky vetiver and Earl Gray tea.
Olivier Durbano Black Tourmaline: peaty truck exhaust and incense.
Hermès Kelly Calèche: the intersection between tea, leather and rose.
Le Labo Patchouli 24: eye-stinging bonfire smoke and a hint of ‘nilla.
Fumies, can you help animnafets recreate his exotically-charred youth?