Silences (1978)Parfum de Toilette

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Silences (1978) (Parfum de Toilette) by Jacomo
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Silences (1978) (Parfum de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Jacomo for women and was released in 1978. The scent is green-floral. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Galbanum, Green notes, Orange blossom, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesHyacinth, Iris, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-valley, Rose
Base Notes Base NotesMoss, Musk, Sandalwood, Cedarwood

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Scent

7.8 (68 Ratings)

Longevity

6.9 (43 Ratings)

Sillage

6.4 (45 Ratings)

Bottle

7.4 (48 Ratings)
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 16.10.2019.
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Serenissima
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Serenissima
Serenissima
Top Review    17  
The Sound of Silence
"Hello Darkness, my old friend, I've come to talk with you again..."
So begins "The Sound of Silence", the song Simon & Garfunkel released in 1964.
An evergreen, which even without "his appearance" in 1967 in the movie "Die Reifeprüfung" with Dustin Hoffmann, would not have been forgotten so quickly.
Together with "Mrs. Robinson" "The Sound of Silence" has conquered its place among the so called "Soundtracks" of the sixties.
But this is not the first piece of music that comes to my mind with "Silences". Even if it gives this comment its title.

"Silences" lets the also very old hit of the "Tremeloes" "Silence is Golden" (1971) sound very quietly in me Not as well known as "The Sound of Silence", this Schlager is much more appropriate in my opinion.
Because darkness, even if it's called an "old friend," I don't find in "silences,"

On the contrary: a sun-flooded farmer's garden near a spicy coniferous forest - my "nose eye" can see this from the very first spraying.
The afternoon heat flickers; nature seems to be asleep - it's "The Hour of Pan"!
Back there, in the small grove of citrus fruits, he sits: his flute already ready to play in his hand.
But first the little forest god listens to the fragrant silence that surrounds him: his place has been deliberately chosen - this is where his afternoon concert begins.
Here he has the whole afternoon "Klangkörper der Natur" in front of him.

Bergamot and lemon refresh; the fruits hang above him in the trees; like small balls they seem to him today.
The delicate fragrance of the orange blossoms, which floats around it finely, makes this hairy companion very contemplative and dreamy.
It is these trees that bear fruit and blossoms at the same time, which stand in the very small plantation.
Through the afternoon heat also spicy galbanum penetrates to its cleverly chosen place; it warms the resin and it pulls in pleasant swaths through the citrus grove!
A piece of fragrant music quietly fills the silence.
The old farmer's garden lies like poured out under the sun's rays: the flowers awakened from their long sleep enjoy light and warmth.
They loll about sluggishly and stretch their flower heads towards this life-giver; in their enthusiasm they generously shed their scents full of passion.
So hyacinth and lily of the valley unite here - both perhaps a little bit in the category "slightly stinky" to classify; also the white jasmine often belongs to it.
As you know, this is a matter of opinion: the male and female perfume communities often differ here!
But what a symphony of fragrances it is when these magnificent floral aromas meet the spicy citrus freshness of the overture!
The ground covered with grass between the flowers adds to this still green slightly earthy freshness.
It cannot be clearly assigned to one species: it is fresh green, which fits harmoniously into this previous round dance.
Iris and Rose held back a bit at first: perhaps they were too fine to sing along in the choir of "simple garden flowers" from the very beginning.
Now they are present, they are fully involved; only the "little ones" don't leave them the places in the "first row": they have to sing with them flower choir - whether they like it or not!
As the fragrance develops, they are now all very compatible with each other: a light, fragrant flow fills the afternoon silence with sound!
Pan, the "bocksfüßige" God, with his pointed goat ears and tail, lets his yellow eyes, similar to those of goats, glide with pleasure over the picture that offers itself to him.
His gaze now gets caught on stronger players: Moss - deep dark, earthy, moist and very, very fragrant - meets spicy cedar wood here.
He nods satisfied: How beautifully these two harmonize with the abundance of fruits and flowers; how little is missing to complete this luminous fragrance.
Musk and sandalwood tastefully set the last chords of this fragrance work of art.
God Pan can now use his flute wherever he wants - the stage belongs to him.

"Silences" is fragrant, felt silence: everything floats in the sunlight, the soft humming of bumblebees, the distant sawing of cicadas, the light whispering of the wind belongs in this silence: for this silence lives!
She breathes deeply, vibrates with life and fills me with comfort.
This silence does not frighten, it does not oppress - it simply makes you happy and is welcome!
Because it opens the senses wide: it lets you hear, see, smell, taste and feel!
A swinging silence in green and gold:
"Silence is golden, but my Eyes still see ..."
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SystemeD

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SystemeD
SystemeD
Helpful Review    2  
Soapy green chypre
I've known about Silences for decades, but I had never actually tried it, so when I received a decant, I was quite curious.

Silences has a very green opening, and for a short while, it seemed like the entire fragrance would be all about bergamot and galbanum. But soon, I got hyacinth and a touch of muguet, and a very soapy scent -- you know, the triple-milled stuff in the fancy wrapper in the little dish in your great-aunt's bathroom. On me, that was the lengthiest stage of Silences: soap. Over the course of a few hours, the soap receded a bit, and hints of vetiver and moss arrived -- but they were still tinged with soap.

Overall -- too soapy for me!
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MasterLi

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MasterLi
MasterLi
Helpful Review    8  
A walk through the ancient forest..
Part 1: Jacomo Silences Eau de Parfum

This is a beautiful, real example of a Chypre perfume with an emphasis on the word "green". I really get more of the green notes than the florals with this one. The oakmoss, vetiver, bergamot, the classic galbanum and the accompanying floral notes of watery hyacinth and soft jasmine, iris & lilly-of-the-valley.

What I get from spraying is a very rich, slightly dusty green floral vibe. This "dusty", slightly "bitter" note comes from the galbanum, a resin from a desert plant which is musty and damp and bitter, but also slightly smooth and sweet. I think what balances this "bitter green" is the use of the florals, especially the iris/orris root. The iris is used in another famous fragrance No. 19 by Chanel. But I find that here the dyrdown is richer and a little more complex. It's really nice.

Immediately this fragrance reminds me of spring and summer... in the forest. During these months the forest has a certain smell of damp and drying grass and leaves, and moss from the trees, and the smell where there is a lake of river or swamp, with all the animals living there and in the trees and grass. Like the full circle of nature. This fragrance is like two children playing in the summer forest, all day hiding in and climbing trees, catching frogs, singing songs all day, laughing. There is a feeling of "childhood innocence" to me here. But if you have not had this kind of childhood, then imagine it is also like a walk in the mountains, with the tall trees along your path, as you walk, rest, camp, make a fire, all throughout your journey. It also reminds me of the great forest of Europe, Asia, and North America. Especially the ancient forests of Europe, which the early ancestors used to live in, and which covered the whole continent from the sea to the ocean. It's very nostalgic.

Overall, I think if you are a "green" or "outdoors" person, who loves the smell of nature and being in nature itself, then you will like this one. For me I do not really see it so much as a "formal" perfume, but depending on the situation yes it is versatile enough to be used for that, and it will add character and complexity to your presence. In my opinion it can be worn all year round, but especially in the spring and early summer, I think it would fit perfectly then... and also the late winter, where it will remind you of the smell of pine trees outside. Do I recommend it? Yes! If you like the description above, then yes. But just remember, it has a personality of it's own so you have to make sure you like it and can become friends with it. Some people say it's too sharp and green. But for others it will fit just right. Give it time, wear it outside for a few days, and you'll see what I mean. A classic for sure!

Part 2: A tale of two sisters... Chanel No.19 & Jacomo Silences

Now, I want to compare between Chanel No. 19 and Jacomo Silences, as these perfumes are often compared together. Let's first start by saying that No. 19 was first, and so most other "similar" perfumes are descended or "inspired" by that one. But there is something about Silences that I like, which No. 19 doesn't have... and that is an entirely different character and personality. From the start these two are very different. Put it this way, if they were "sisters", then No. 19 (the older sister) would be the wealthy, successful rich woman of society. She has married someone rich, she lives in a nice, expensive house, she hosts dinner parties wearing her perfect black dress and pearl necklace and earrings. She hangs out with rich, wealthy people in society. She has perfect white skin, like a Greek statue, perfect hair, perfect nails. Perfect life. But, she is cold, she is quietly unhappy. She has everything but she feels like she has no control. Like her rich, successful life has been "planned" for her by others. She smiles for guests, and laughs politely, but when she takes off her makeup at night in her mirror, she sometimes wants to cry.

Her younger sister is Silences. This one you could call a "free spirit". She is an artist and was once a beautiful model. She is a painter. She lives in a small, cute house by the river. She goes for a run every morning with her dog. She does not take everything in life too seriously, but she enjoys every minute of her life. She spends most of her time outdoors, in nature. She loves being in nature, running, painting, enjoying the different seasons. She loves who she wants, and she lives each day to the full. Cooking, being artistic, with the dog, out in the woods. She has no regrets in life. She does not have the money that her older sister "acquired" by marrying a rich man. She does not smell so expensive like her older sister, but she has character, and a big heart. She does not want anything more in her life, and she is happy.

To me these are the differences. They are both green, both have an iris note, but this note is unbeatable in the Chanel, and is powdery, floral and smells clean, polished and expensive. The Jacomo smells "greener", like you are in the forest outside, with the smell of herbs and green leaves which the Chanel doesn't have. Basically, if you are an "active" person, or if you have memories of childhood in the countryside, then you will like and enjoy Silences. But if you want to smell the smell of "perfume", or want something "posh" or "expensive", then go for No. 19. Both are great choices. I think the Jacomo is a little more relaxed and carefree, but if you want to impress or are in a very formal situation, then go for the Chanel. Both are masterpieces!
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Dulcemio

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Dulcemio
Dulcemio
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soapy No. 19 wannabe
Based on the notes in common and the timing of its release, I'll go out on a limb and assume this was Jacomo's attempt to capture some of the market of the exquisite Chanel No. 19 with this approximation attempt. (Please see Sherapop's review of No. 19. It's a little piece of poetry.)

For me, Silences showcases the difference between artistry and chemistry: where No. 19 evokes a walk through the proverbial primordial forest with damp moss and crushed rose petals underfoot, and manages to be both dewy and dry, both earthy and sweet, Silences just reminds me of soap. And shrill soap at that. The orange blossom and lemon might have something to do with that. Unfortunately, Silences just reminds me of the masterpiece it isn't.
jtd

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jtd
jtd
Very helpful Review    11  
Musky-Floral-Woody-Green
So many components point in the same direction: green. Galbanum, narcissus, hyacinth, hedione, lily of the valley, oak moss, vetiver. At various points in its evolution, Silences is cool, dewy, radiant, fresh, grassy, powdery, dark. Although Silences follows the traditions of both green florals (Vent Vert, No 19) and green chypres (Bandit, Ma Griffe, Miss Dior, Y) it doesn’t go the leather route. The moss balances out the florals and galbanum, but it never gets truly bitter in the leather fashion. It shares so many notes with other florals and chypres, but in the end veers smartly away from them. The drydown gets both woody and cozy with a strong cedar note wrapped in musks. Still it remains green with both a slightly peppery vetiver (that perfectly transitions from the floral/galbanum opening to the cedar) and a resinous moss.

There’s nothing slack about Silences. It is precise and to the point at all times, yet skirts the ice-queeniness of so many green florals and chypres. Silences demonstrates the difference between cool and cold.
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Lola82

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Lola82
Lola82
Helpful Review    2  
Chanel no 19's Common Sister
MMMMMMMMM? I wonder Silences by Jacomo
stole the notes from Chanel no 19 because
they smell like an dead ringer to me,
The same Greenish musky Cypre scent and
the note of Galbanum on the top notes.
It cost a fraction to the more Elegant
Chanel no 19. The scent is nothing to write
home about i'm not a fan of green
notes they always make me nauseous if you
put too much on to me it's just a Common
run of the mill rip off of Chanel no 19.

But the only thing i like about this
is the flacon the unique and cute Half
circle of a bottle that's the

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BlkbrdBlkbrd 3 years ago
A green scent whose black bottle is entirely appropriate. Galbanum, hyacinth, moss & sandalwood; No. 19's quieter, darker, sweeter cousin.

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