Comme Des Garcons Series 3 Incense Avignon: Divine in every sense.


One of my favourite smells is the inside of an ancient Church or Cathedral. High Anglican Churches or Roman Catholic Churches are best for this as they use thuribles, or incense holders, often swung on a chain during procession. Combine this smell with ancient wood, slightly musty old stone walls, and a sense of humbling awe, and you have Comme Des Garcons Series Three: Incense Avignon. Image The fragrance was named after the commune of Avignon in the South East of France. Once upon a time, this ancient town was the Papal seat during the Catholic Schism  from  1309 until 1377 and today the Papal Palace is still there in the old walled town. The fragrance is from a series of five:

  •  Ouarzazate – Islam
  • Zagorsk – Orthodox Christianity
  • Jaisalmer – Hinduism 
  • Kyoto – Buddhism and Shintoism
  • Avignon-Catholicism

My only very slight misgiving about this outstandingly evocative scent is the question of whether I want my skin to smell like an ancient church? It’s unquestionably beautiful, but it jars very slightly that the smell on my wrist smells of bricks and mortar and ceremony.  But then again, I haven’t been able to get my nose off my wrist since trying it, so I guess we revert to the old perfume rule and that is:  There Are No Rules. This smells so alarmingly like a church that vicars should wear it when playing truant. You will always smell like you’ve just left Mass. And it will always make you feel a little bit guilty without knowing why. Image

5 thoughts on “Comme Des Garcons Series 3 Incense Avignon: Divine in every sense.”

  1. I do love Avignon. Never been to the city, though I’d love to some day. (Road trip?)
    This is part of a series of incense scents that Comme Des Garcons created – Avignon is a ancient Catholic church, Kyoto is a shinto temple, Palisander is… uh, I don’t know and um there’s another one. Google is my friend: Jaisalmer (India), Ouarzazate (Morocco) and Zagorsk (Russian Orthodox church). Avignon is the best-known of the bunch and very popular among incense -lovers, which I’d count myself as. It’s very much ‘straight up’, I think.

    As an incense-junkie I was fascinated by Perfume Shrine’s amazingly thorough Easter Incense series.

  2. See, I should have read properly because you already listed the series. I am SUCH a Dumbkopf sometimes!
    Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. :-p

  3. If you can’t get to confession, just douse Avignon on and pretend you’ve been. Yes it does exactly what it says on the tin doesn’t it? I find it very beautiful. I adore the smell of an ancient church with creaky oak doors and this is exactly that smell. Incredible. Love at first sniff. And bloody hard to get hold of!

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