For those who like me shy away from anything too sweet and floral, this is for you. Where fragrances are concerned, I love ouds, anything that’s heavy on woods or even incense in all seasons. I know many people would probably think incense aromas are best reserved for “ambience” products like room sprays, candles or actual incense sticks but the aromas of frankincense, sandalwood, agarwood, benzoin and patchouli on skin just scent me to heaven. If you’re ready to venture into the lesser known territory of the more unconventional scents, here are a few of my all-time favourites to consider.

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Text: Cynthia Chew

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