How I love a bit of incense at Christmas! Being a fan of both Andy Tauer’s Incense Rose and Comme Des Garcons Avignon, I am always ready to try a good churchy incense fragrance and L’Artisan Parfumeur Passage D’Enfer was no disappointment.
Passage d’Enfer was created by the legendary, and prolific, Olivia Giacobetti, who also has Frederic Malle’s En Passant and Hermes Hiris under her belt, to name but two of many.
The notes are simple, and sometimes that is all I ask of a perfume. I get soft Wood and church standard Incense. I know what I’m talking about here as I have sat through many a High Anglican Mass complete with Latin, plainsong, and thuribles, and jolly nice it was too. There is nothing Hellish about Passage D’Enfer, this is a divine scent that smells of aged church pews. The Lily and Musk were off the day I tried this and I couldn’t find them anywhere, but I didn’t mind. Their colleagues more than made up for their absence.
My only tiny bugbear is that with a smell this good, I would like to crank up the sillage and longevity and really make it sing like a choir, but sadly, it close to skin and rather faint after less than half an hour. I guess I love it so much my skin just gobbled it all up.
Passage D’Enfer can be bought for around £80 per 100ml. If it lasts on you, you have a wonderful winter gem of a fragarcne.