Beautiful and so delicious at the same time. Iceni is a sticky, resinous, balsamic, dark, woody, chewy tonka and spice perfume that conjures images of a cake consisting of layers of pain d'epice, gingerbread and panettoni, oozing with dark, viscous molasses between each layer and finally drizzled with white icing. It's as though Fille en Aiguilles, Arabie and Colors by Benetton got down and dirty in an unscrupulous ménage à trois. This smells like something that belongs in a Lutens bell jar, just--WOW.
Very holiday-esque, you really get the elemi/myrrh and pine needle scent, but the base is so sweet and cozy. Iceni successfully teeters the line between gourmand and incense perfume, never totally crossing the line too much in either direction, in a way I rarely encounter. I see this as a winter perfume, but it's so magnificent goodness knows it will be hard not to wear it all year long.
Sillage and longevity are huge. A+++ for yet another ridiculously incredible perfume by Boadicea the Victorious. Words can't express my admiration for this house.