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...notes of church incense, ornate gold, old lace, and dust.

This one smells like a softer more Lace interpretation of Calaveras Catrinas. There's a bit of sugar, but it's mainly lace, incense, and just smells old, Mexican and churchy. Low throw but good wear length.

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Fresh from the mailbox!

 

This is a resin fest on my skin. I liken it to my favorite Ecclesiastic Excesses but lighter. It's all dust and resiny incense; soft and slight sweet without screaming church (at least to me). I think I might have a new favorite resin scent. It's lovely.

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This is incredible. It starts off almost entirely frankincense heavy church incense on me with hints of what seems like copal and amber. As it dries, this dusty brittle vanilla pops out that reminds me of Antique Lace.

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I shouldn't be trying this yet, it's a resin scent and it just arrived in the mail and I should be letting it settle...but I NEED to know if I should be ordering the HG!!

 

Wet: So just in case you didn't know, Frank and I don't get along well. I think he's a bully. And this is a Frankincense scent, for sure. But it's like...VANILLA Frank, and vanilla and I are best mates. Somehow vanilla managed to take Frank in-hand and force him to behave, and this is GORGEOUS so far. Good lord, I love this. I must look ridiculous, the way my face is stuffed into the crook of my elbow. The scent is lighter than I would have anticipated, it doesn't smack you in the face with incense. It smells antique. And expensive.

 

Dry: This is difficult to describe. There's a pale golden Frankincense, light and sweet and beautiful. It's sort of enveloped in this dry, dusty vanilla. It's really gorgeous. Different, and interesting while still being elegant and wearable. Glad I sprung for a bottle. Will be getting at least a decant of the HG.

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This one was a MUST HAVE even before I read the notes. I have been fortunate enough to have spent much time in the D.F. In fact, it is my favorite place on earth. The people, the food, the celebration, the energy and the history all stole my heart. I am not certain I will ever return back to it, but I hold all sorts of amazing memories from my time there. The resins in Mummies takes me back to standing outside the Zocolo Cathedral. The shaman with their smoking urns and skulls chanting and healing.

Sweet and soft like drifting ash, the frankincense glimmers like gold mixed with a laced vanilla. The woodiness really comes through after drydown, and it gets all soothing and sacred like just after the resins hit the sparking charcoal and you know the mummies down below are knocking bones cause it smells like god's fuzzy blanket. This one is firmly imprinted in my scent memory and I keep longing for it. I must wrap myself in this beautiful shroud once again and again.

Edited by Jenjin

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I know I smell Frankincense and, I think, Copal. There are other resins in here too but I can't distinguish them.

They form a light incense. Resins are typically heavy hitters on my skin so I'm not sure what is causing this incense to smell faded and dusty. What I can say is that I love it. This is definitely a resin I can wear to work w/o overpowering my co-workers' noses.

There's a dry vanilla overlaying the resins and something that smells like cloth...the lace note, I guess. There's a bit of wood in this too but I can't pinpoint what kind.

Overall, this is light and dusty, antique and solemn, comforting and slightly sweet. Sorry, I can't do a better job of describing the scent.

Mummies of Mexico City now has a spot on my top ten list. It was love at first sniff. :wub2:

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this is super resiny from the start. i think maybe there is myrrh in this? frankincense usually gets more like pencil shavings, and this isn't doing that. it's just very dry and church-y. after a few minutes on the skin, i get that hint of the lace note from the other lace scents. the "gold" part is very subtle and in the background, i think it may be vanilla, but it's difficult to pick out. overall it's a dry resin scent for the first 30 minutes or so. after that it gets really pretty- it's a golden incense scent with hints of vanilla, and i like it very much. definitely keeping my decant of this.

Edited by theseagrows

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well wow. i love incense and resin blends, but this is the first one i've smelled that is EXACTLY the same as the incense from the roman catholic church i attended as a girl. so evocative and absolutely lovely. initially the throw was a little overwhelming (almost like i was in church with a censer clanging in front of me) but it's dried down to an almost crystallized version of that experience, with just a tiny bit of dry, crumbling sweetness.

 

it's absolutely stunning. as an incense lover, i may have to snag a backup bottle of this.

Edited by joyfulgirl

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I love the hairgloss, so immediately searched out a bottle of the perfume. On my skin, I'm not sure how I feel about it. Lovely, sweet incense, just a dripping resin fest, but very nice with the added sweetness. I'm not sure if I want the keep the oil, though, maybe it's too strong? It smells desolate, like nothing is living. This is what I'd imagine a museum to smell like, with mummies, and a controlled temperature. A bit unsettling.

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In the bottle: The frankincense is the first note that leaps out at me. It reminds me of Hope and Fear Set Free, which I love, but with a different vanilla. Hope and Fear Set Free has a bourbon vanilla note, and this has that spun sugar vanilla Lace note. I think there may also be some amber behind these notes.

 

Wet: The frankincense is by far the strongest note (and it’s pretty strong). It’s backed by the vanilla, which is lovely. There’s a light spice in this that is warming my skin, maybe a spiced amber in the background that’s representing the gold note?

 

Dry: The vanilla is a lot stronger now, while the frankincense is much softer. It’s a wonderful, vanilla-infused, light resin scent, and I cannot stop huffing my wrist!

 

Verdict: SO GOOD. I am going to need more of this. I am running low on Hope and Fear Set Free, and I was dreading running out of it, but now I have a new vanilla and frankincense blend to love. Thanks to the extremely generous forumite that gave me a partial of this. :wub2: I will treasure it.

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In the bottle, and wet on skin: no scent

Dry, a couple min later: faint copal

A few min later: nothing

A few min later: faint dessicated earth and/or dusty stone

A few min later: faint dust and gold with a hint of copal

 

It's extremely faint, almost non-existent, on me which is surprising since incense is usually overwhelming. This smells "quiet" and "underground" which I suppose means it captures the essence of the scene perfectly, while being, perhaps oddly, warm and comforting.

 

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