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Encens Feve Tonka (Fragonard) - delightful light smoky scent

One doesn't hear too much about this Fragonard scent. I recently acquired a bottle and gave it a full wear yesterday.
Overall, not a heavy or loud scent by any means. This one has to settle on me - I smell next to nothing until the burn-off finishes. And then, surprisingly, it's a mix of notes that I find a bit horrid in other circumstances but here the total effect is a golden balance. Smoky, yes - but no steak and no campfire. Like walking by a church where the censer is being swung during a service. Figgy, a little bit - but none of the gag-inducing (for me anyway) coconut/milky thing. This is like peeling a fig and getting a whiff of the bitter skin next to the flesh. Cloves and a little mace blade (not nutmeg) perhaps - but no potpourri, no pomander - just the driest and most subtle spice, very airy.

I wore this on a day that was crisp and prematurely frosty in the morning, turning hazy and warm later on. It was the perfect reminder of summer's end and the draw-down of the year. Fragonard has a description of Encens Feve Tonka that places its impressions at dusk around Mt. Athos monastery in Greece. Haven't been there, but have seen many pictures and I would have to say this is a great olfactory equivalent. Will be wearing this again soon. Anyone else a fan?


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