(I have been brutally enabled by friends...you know who you are...sending me flocks of fragrance...where to begin? How can I say no? Aren't I supposed to just have fun with this?? Gulp gulp gulp.)
No worries. I have been settled by Silences.
BitterGrace has a delightful habit of posting one-sentence reviews over at her blog, BitterGrace Notes. (And only in this moment has the musician in me heard the joke in the title. The gardener in me kept on thinking of bittersweet, and blocked my brain.) Anyway, in her one line review of Jacomo Silences, she both delighted me and reminded me that I had found something intriguing in Silences when I tried it early in my scent development. And that I thought at the time it was something I should come back to when I was more "mature," sniff-wise.
Time passes. Remember yesterday's post, where I was waiting for my impetuous application of Fragile to fade? It did. I applied Silences. Ahhhhhhh.
You know how after you haven't been eating so well...too much junk, not enough fruit and vegetables, too much processed food, not enough true flavors....how after you haven't been eating well, and you sit down and consume a well-prepared meal with plenty of all that is good and fresh and recognizable as it grew on the planet, even as you chew, your body relaxes and says "thank you!" and your mood improves and your head clears and you immediately feel better physically?
That's what it was like to sniff Silences, from the sharp (but already layered) opening through the dark green first layer and on into the galbanum earth to the very smooth remnants of extreme dry down. Good eating all the way.
If you follow the link above, you'll see my comment to BitterGrace; I realized that Silences is the perfect link between cool weather and flat out winter. I am absolutely going to pull it out as winter fades; its complexity will be just right for holding interest in the cold, yet the green and dirt will give hints of the growing that is beginning under the soil (and perhaps still under the snow).
It's good to be eating well again. If I am honest, though, I am going to have to acknowledge that winter still has a firm grip on things, and likely will for a while; if I want to keep on encouraging my "mature" sniffer in the near future, I'll have to keep those better quality, more complex cold weather scents in my fragrance diet.
I hope you'll forgive me if I dip back into the hooch sometimes.
For other thoughts on Silences, see Victoria's review in Bois de Jasmin; hers is the take that sent me in search of a sample in the first place.
Silences is delightfully affordable at online retailers.