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Grave beauty: Spanish moss, lilac, wisteria, myrrh, and olibanum.

 

Decant from azurephoenix' circle. I'm finally getting to try out the rest of this line of scents besides my long-beloved Tombeur.

 

I love Beth's "graveyard" scents, and they are usually the only florals I really like, so I have high hopes for Silenti. On initial application, I smell the olibanum, which doesn't surprise me since I amp frankincense. But it is not harsh or overpowering, and immediately after application the moss and florals come forward. Upon drydown, the myrrh is present. This is just lovely, a soft resinous floral with hints of spring as well as the grave, but without the dirt note. I can see a bottle of this added to my future purchases!

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I smelled this without knowing what was in it, and I was sniffing pretty hard and couldn't place the notes. I was having a hard time guessing what's in it. After I looked at the notes I thought, "Oh. Yes. Lilac. Now I smell it." The olibanum is behaving itself, which is super rare for me. This is a very nice dry, only slightly mossy, smoky floral. I like it. It's pretty. Not in-your-face at all. Definitely a night-time scent, for me. Not a day scent.

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Vega's  review sums up my experience well.  I can smell the florals, but there is still a masculine darkness to this fragrance that makes it workable for either sex.  Wisteria often becomes screechy and harsh on my skin, but it behaves itself here, adding an elegance to the more prominent earthy, cool stone, and moss notes that are very reminiscent of an old cemetery.

 

I write, and being a perfume lover, I have certain fragrances I associate with my characters.  I associate Silenti with one of my favorite male characters.  He is undead, mysterious, refined b/masculine, melancholy, and aloof.  I'd say, if you enjoy moss, cemetery notes, or fougere's, this one's worth looking into.  

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