It’s the penultimate episode of my 5-part perfume collection series, which is cause for celebration, if only because I get to use the word “penultimate” in a sentence.
The pen-pen-pen-pen-penultimate perfume in this video is Creed Angelique Encens, a powdery, herbal-flavored Play-Doh incense that marked a turning point in my tolerance for powdery scents. Actually, my powder keg was originally lit by Tann Rokka Aki, a ridiculously powdery -- and peppery -- oriental that I don’t mind coughing through to get to the patchouli and fur on the other end.
But back to Angelique Encens. I’m assuming the herbiness comes from angelica, an aromatic plant whose aroma Ayala Sender on SmellyBlog characterizes as “musky and smoky...living on the borderline between herbaceous and bizarrely sweet.”
Turns out that the odor varies, depending on which part of the angelica plant is used. In Angelique Encens, it registers on the spicy-green-sweet end of the scale, and is puffed up into a lovely coughety-cough cloud with amber, vanilla, and non-ecclesiastical frankincense.
I nabbed my tester bottle of AE on eBay last year, just as Creed yanked it from its regular line to add it to the “Creed Classic” range. So the good news is, it’s not discontinued. The bad news is, Creed Classics will only reappear as a limited edition once every ten years. Same timetable as the corpse flower. But with better results at parties.
Here are the fragrances discussed in this video:
1. Agent Provocateur
2. Agent Provocateur Diamond Dust
3. Parfumerie Generale L’Ombre Fauve
4. Byredo Gypsy Water
5. Creed Angelique Encens
6. Les Parfums de Rosine Secrets de Rose
7. Les Parfums de Rosine Rose Kashmirie
8. Guerlain Habit Rouge
9. Keiko Mecheri Oliban
10. Molinard Habanita
Click on the fragrance names for more information.
Smell along with Katie: Perfume Collection Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 5