Hey APJ! How is life treating you? Life is good during summer vacation when the days are long and hot (insane intense heat) and we are preparing for my parents arrival at the end of the month.
Incense and I have had a rocky relationship for years. I have owned two incense perfumes and used the one I adored up. My other incense perfume only feels right for me in the summer heat when the incense is played down and I get more ambergris. So naturally I am curious about what else is on the market. However, my fickle side comes out when I am presented with a cool almost icy incense. It makes my throat close up and I start coughing. Many times I am left cold.
Calling All Angels by April Aromatics 2013
I yearn for something warm, inviting, enveloping. Smooth smokey tendrils reaching my nose and tickling my fantasy of far away sacred places. Incense is so varied, complex and can be used in many ways. Naturally, my first thought would be a church service. But as the years have gone by and I have experienced more, I realize that incense is not only for spiritual purposes in a church setting. I have been known to place a small piece of Omani incense in a carafe full of water and to drink the water. It cleanses not only my soul but cools me down on a hot day. Incense plays a big role in my centered life by using it in all the corners of a new home or when ai just feel the need for a cleanse. I use a frankincense oil on my pulse points when I need to breathe.
Tanja Bochnig of April Aromatics created Calling All Angels with notes of “Incense, Labdanum, Tonka Bean, Vanilla Accord, Benzoin, Elemi Resin, Frankincense, Amber Accord, Honey Accord, Precious Woods Accord, Opoponax, Rose Otto and Love”.
Ms. Bochnig describes Calling All Angels on her website as “A new Incense Perfume: a rather dark and complex angelic scent, with a sweet incense/ honey like note, implementing the elements of Earth, Ether and Air.”
Calling All Angels opens with a warm breath of incense which is warmed by the fires or coal underneath. There is nothing chilling or cold about this incense. It is as she describes “dark and complex” which leads to an added sense of mystery. My nose gets more tonka than vanilla and that is precisely what keeps me interested and wanting more calm just to experience this beauty. I really should no longer be surprised by Tanja Bochnig’s craft in producing gorgeous perfumes which are all natural. But I am. The dry down brings in warm woods and amber. I can smell this stage for a good twelve hours on my skin. And that is just one spritz!
I honestly cannot decide which stage of Calling All Angels is my favourite. Is it the beginning with the opening incense sweetened ever so slightly by vanilla and tonka? Is it the dry down where the woods come into play and take the sweetness down a notch? Is it the hours of wonder when I waft something so beautiful it can either bring me to tears or make me break out in a joyous smile?
Calling All Angels allows me to relax, meditate and reflect on what I am grateful for. It also transports me back to my trip to Kyoto so many years ago. One of my favorite memories is walking through many temples with my then one year old son and remembering the joy on his face as we strolled through the meticulous gardens surrounding the temples. I bought quite a bit of incense back in Kyoto just to be able to access those temple experiences back home.
Calling All Angels is a stellar perfume for incense lovers. Who knew that I would love incense so much?
Do you like incense? Have you tried Calling All Angels? Do you have more recommendations for warming and enveloping incense perfumes?
Until next time, oodles of fragrant kisses.