Comme des Garcons • Incense Series 'Zagorsk' • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||55%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Zagorsk is the smell of a Parisian Catholic church in the early autumn. I know this because I sniffed all the CdG incenses, while in Paris, in October, to find the one the most closely smelled of the buildings I had been so enamored with. Sure, they say it's Russian (cue French noise of Pfffft.), and it well may be- I can't confirm it, as I've never been. But I can tell you it is old Catholic mass with the nuns and monks singing vespers and the fall rain drip drip dropping outside the Church we stumbled upon while struggling with the tiny map in the guidebook. It is a cool, piney incense, more so than the other CdGs, which tend to be warmer in feel, and has decent lasting power, again, more so than the other CdGs. I like all of them, and would love to collect them all, but this one feels like the most church like of the bunch, and is unique in it's coldness.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
It is an all right perfume. Evelyne Boulanger should be duly praised for capturing the smell inside of Orthodox churches. I found Zagorsk bitter, woody and sweet. The incense component is very pronounced, which makes the sweetness cloying. It has been my observation that Zagorsk is better suited for colder weather. It will suffocate you during warm days. Given its complex combination, this perfume would be inappropriate for everyday.
Age: Unknown Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Love at first sniff. Started out with a musk / iris accord, which reminds me heavily of Hiris by Hermes, then quiets down to a wood / incense / clove accord... Like it so much that it was bought before I have experience the basenotes. Mum bought it for me so it's even better!!! :-)))
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium Eyes: Green
I love revisiting the incense series. Each fragrance is so well executed and there is very little overlap but a strong cohesive thread that ties them together.
Zagorsk is easily the most feminine of the unisex offering. The incense here takes a backseat to the sweet cedar and a floral note than shines through. I would say the floral element is either iris (not the metallic iris you get with some) or violet.
While the fragrance is soft and cool, it's still very accessible. Zagorsk is serene and stays closer to the body with minimal sillage but nice lasting power. If you like your incense "clean" and more subdued, try Zagorsk.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
A faint breath of incense in a pine forest. Neither as evocative as Avignon, nor as frighteningly spicy as Jaisalmer.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
Oh my god! I'm a Christian Orthodox and this smells too much like a church incense for me to think it as a perfume one could actually wear. Besides, Greek people are generally religious people, so someone is bound to recognize it sooner or later and ask me what the heck was I thinking to wear church incense as a perfume. Unfortunately it has enough sillage and lasting power to resist my efforts to wash it away:) Nice idea and execution, but I definitely can't use that one. I have not the same problem however with Avignon; it reminds me of a church but in a more vague way, and it's my favorite till now from the series.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Pencils. Lots of pencils in an elementary school wooden desk. Promising with pine at first but quickly dries down to pencil shavings.
CdG Incense series all are quirky, so I'd say sample each first. They don't work at all on me save for Avignon.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Dry, Medium Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
Have I really never reviewed this? I've worn it for about 3 or 4 years! It is the most wonderful scent of winter woods with a smokiness that balances the sweet cedar. And this is a rare cedar that doesn't smell like hamster cage on me. It really smells 'cool' somehow too. It smells really good on my SO too. Oh, and there's a Zagorsk candle too!
I've never visited Zagorsk but can imagine it when I smell this. It's just so evocative for me.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
A less sharp, bitey version of Jaisalmer. I like it very much, as does my sister, for it's true incense scent, but it is definitely more incense than body-scent. Rather good for those days that you just don't want your perfume to smell particularly perfume-y, but want that mysterious smokey wood note. This will be great in Fall, when the leaves start to turn.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Before I even tried it, the name of Zagorsk made me think of stately Russian dachas, miles of dense woods filled with evergreen trees and deep within an ancient Russian orthodox church conducting ritual incense burning during their services. The actual smell of Comme des Garcons' Zagorsk fit nicely with my visualizations. It is primarily a woody, dry, aromatic, incense fragrance that starts out strong but mellows out a bit over time. The best adjective I can think of to describe Zagorsk is "uncompromising", which is meant as a compliment.
Per The Perfumed Court, here are the notes for Zagorsk: white incense, pine, pimento berries, hinoki wood, violet, cedar, iris and birch wood.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I hated this on me; LOVED IT on my husband. Very masculine scent. It made me want to jump his bones. That's why I'm giving it 4 lippies.
First something musty, but not a bad musty; like a mausoleum or an old abbey. It reminded me of my Ukrainian grandmother's Byzantine-Orthodox church--candles, incense and sweet smell of paska bread. Then the "forest" notes come through along with something sweet, but I don't know if I'd say floral. Finally, after a while there was some smoke mixed in.
I'm sticking with CdG Avignon, husband now wearing Zagorsk.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
white incense, pine, pimento berries, violet, cedar, iris, hinoki wood, birch wood
Topnotes are a bit too floral for my taste (though you floral lovers may find this delightful), but pine and birch wood soon come to the rescue. This is a very compex scent, and one that is difficult to describe. I will, however, make an attempt. It smells of an icy coniferous wood in the winter after a snow. You’ve been sledding and wander under the trees to watch some squirrels play in the trees. You reach down and pick up some snow to eat, getting a couple of pine needles in your mouth in the process. You soon get tired, though, and decide to go into the cabin that you call home—which has walls lined with cedar. There is a bouquet of fresh flowers waiting on the table, and ther person who brought them—someone you love very much—has built a nice fire in the fireplace and is sitting on your couch. To me, this fragrance is quite masculine, despite the hint of floral. I would prefer to smell it on a man, I believe.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Hazel
This is far, far easier to wear than Avignon, and yet I prefer Avignon over this. Zagorsk is a very clean, almost sterile incense smell for me. It smells lovely, but it is neither challenging nor particularly evocative so much as it is just . . . incense. It somehow manages to be a "clean" incense fragrant -- a bit soapy, a bit clear, no trace of smoke. I layer this over Parfumes de Coeur "Skin Musk" (Hello, Target special) and it rounds it out very nicely, I think. The musk anchors the soapiness and still allows the clear, bright incense to come through. If Avignon is an austere, shades-of-grey incense frag, then this is a polychrome, somewhat mysterious without being affronting incense. Definitely full bottle worthy, and if you layer over SM on occasion, then it's basically 2 different incense experiences in one.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
Way too dry on me. All I get is incense on the verge of being masculine. I wanted to like it. Next.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Another fine incense - tranquil and smooth.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Other, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Zagorsk is a rose incense fragrance similar to Bellodgia or
Parfum Sacre, slightly powdery top.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Medium Eyes: Brown
I just don't think I am an incense girl. This smells like rubber tires on me; then smoke, then it just gets oily smelling. I am not impressed and truly wonder why anyone would want to smell like this. I think it would be interesting to smell this on the skin of someone that it smells good on. Sample before you buy.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
Some of the other Comme des Garcons incense fragrances are quite nice but this one smells like gin and motor oil. It's quite bizarre but that's the combination that comes to mind. Unless you're one of the Bush twins I don't see why those odors would hold any allure for you.
To compare this scent to anything by Caron, one of the better houses, is not only inaccurate but a sacrilege.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Other Eyes: Other
On one hand, I love the cedar/pine/smoke notes in this. They truly evoke the smells of my Eastern European Catholic upbringing, with its images of old Catholic churches and ancient forests. But the soap note that is at the base is too pervasive and too strong for me to enjoy this scent 100%. It goes away about 45 minutes after application, and what remains is a soft, creamy green incense blend - it's quite beautiful at this stage. Notes: white incense, pine, pimento berries, violet, cedar, iris, hinoki wood, birch wood.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
tigrushka you're such a friend,zagorsk it really gives me this images too.still it gives me a bit of melancholic thoughts and makes me a bit sad.it's a very emotional perfume and definitely my favoutrite from the incense series.