I remember I've been looking at this when it first came out. I wanted to try it but I remember it being expensive, and there were no samples to be found. Thanks for the reminder.Today I sprayed Amouage rose incense. Really beautiful and minimalistic yet so rich. Masterpiece if you ask me..
I have a small sample I scored somewhere of the Interlude 53 and I wrote a review of it today:
"Interlude 53 : Incense and sweet spices
Some fragrances are such that you get the idea where the perfumer wants to go with them, but the fragrance is not there yet. Interlude, however, makes you feel like it is there already. An unapologetic, oriental fragrance.
You want a genie in the lamp? Here is an attar in a spray bottle!
So what does it smell like? It smells like a place where sweet incense is burned and where spices are traded. It smells like a temple and a bazaar on a warm night. It is resinous and warm and full-bodied. It is also stubborn and unyielding. There is no window that you can open to clear out the smell of a bazaar. No one will stop the crowd that is bringing the incense to the temple to burn. The only time it will subside is when it cools down before the morning of the next day. So, if you are looking for such a scent, here is certainly a candidate.
Notes: Thick, resinous, syrupy-sweet balanced through a green menthol-candy that is smoky-warm and with no mentholic cooling."
I made a break from oud until recently but in the meantime have been getting small samples of some perfumes as a temporary-subsitute. It is really cheap and convenient here because there is a large community that sells small decants. One perfume that I liked is Ambra Aurea by Profumum Roma, with an advice against blind buying it as the incense can be too much. And another is Myrrhe Imperiale that is since recently discontinued. It has something like a nice, clean almost soapy Myrrhe note.