Maison Incens – French perfume house founded by Philippe Constantin was one of our last year’s discoveries – we have reviewed five very solid perfumes from the signature line here and we are also eagerly waiting for the upcoming, heavily animalic Les Incensees Extraits trio (more about them soon).
Now Maison Incens is launching its sixth scent from classic collection: Neroli Animals, already previewed during Pitti Fragranze 2016. Mr Constantin, Artistic Director of the brand has worked again with perfumer Jean-Claude Gigodot to create scent of warm skin: sensual and again, slightly animalic.

Maison Incens Neroli Animalis

A clair obscure Néroli, sensual and animalic. Néroli Animalis begins with a flight of citrus fruits, to which is added a sumptuous heart of Néroli, A freshness that gradually gives way to the subtlety of a grey amber accord and the animalic sides of the “animalis” accord.

Philippe Constantin

Mr Constantin imagined perfume resembling his childhood years spent in Marrakech and Marocco – aromas of horses, sand, heat, dust, crowds and blooming orange trees. Neroli Animalis is also related to the fantasy universe of Maison Incens as scent of Amazons, warrior women fighting for their freedom.

Neroli Animalis at Pitti Fragranze 2016 – photo by Tomoo Inaba

Top: orange blossom, bergamot, geranium, neroli, petit grain
Heart: floral and woody accords, neroli
Base: amber, marine accords, grey amber, ambroxan, plus accord, benzoin, Animalis base

Let’s review the scent then in our first mini “He says, she says” this year:

He – Jakub: Warm, lush, nectar-like. It is dense neroli potion, during first minutes fresh as some French Eau de Cologne, than it becomes more ambery and little bit animalic. You do not need to be afraid of horse accord if you are not a fan of heavy perfumes (personally, I do not mind!). Neroli Animalis is perfectly balanced, long-lasting and vibrating on the skin. Both hot and refreshing – that’s a lovely effect!

She – Aleksandra : When I read “sea notes” or “marine accord” I usually think: “and now show me how to destroy a good perfume”. Not in this case, thankfully. Any marine notes are masterfully hidden behind the large animalic fan and only add a salty, sensual feeling to the base. Overall it’s all an orange blossom perfume should be: heady white note, green and juicy first, whipped until it’s thick, creamy and vibrantly carnal. And a natural one – there’s not a hint of a chemical weapon trace that I sometimes detect in orange blossom perfumes. Bravo.

Neroli Animalis can be pre-ordered on the Maison Incens page as Eau de Parfum 100ml (in again, quite affordable 139 EUR price). 50ml size is also planned. For more impressions on Neroli Animalis, please also check Fragrantica’s interview with Philippe Constantin by Sergey Borisov.

Pictures and quotes by Maison Incens, Tomoo’s Inaba picture – Maison Incens FB page.