WHAT I SMELL: silencethesea opens salty and green, like seaweed hitting the shore of the beach; while at the same time it feels windswept and incredibly joyous. The perfume begins to warm as if the sun begins to shine in the late morning as the day comes to life. A sun-kissed and earthy floral emerges as if sitting right off the beach in the warmed protected area of the dune. The perfume becomes somewhat heady with the beefy florals that are silken and smooth. But before silencethesea gets too beefy, the perfume retreats and deepens with a light oud emitting from beneath the florals. This gives the perfume a bit of mystery and exoticness. After quite some time, the perfume settles into a very comfortable lightly sweetened oud with hints of candied white truffle and a light leather that hugs the skin that leaves you with your own personal secret story.
From strangelove nyc:
The fragrance is a complex blend based on the musky mysterious allure of pure ambergris, the rich warmth of rare oudh, a provocative whiff of white truffle, and a splash of salty jasmine deepened with earthy tuberose.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Warmed flowers among the sand dunes.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SILENCETHESEA: contemplative, warmed, reassuring
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SILENCETHESEA: Megan in Saint Maxime
BOTTOM LINE: silencethesea, one of three perfumes developed by Elizabeth Gaynes in partnership with supermodel Helena Christensen and perfumer Christophe Laudamiel, is my favorite in the line, although all three perfumes are distinct, incredibly unique and sublimely intimate. With silencethesea, a small dab of the perfume oil will transport you to your own personal private beach retreat.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Aromatic Aquatic
- Nose: Christophe Laudamiel
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $55 for 1.25 ml perfume oil or $475 for 50ml eau de parfum (review based on the perfume oil). Available at Bergdorf Goodman or via the strangelove nyc website.
Sample provided by strangelove nyc. Opinion my own.
March 9, 2017 at 10:29 am
Loved your review Steve. It’s a great perfume and it’s marine but in a very different way. I’m holding onto my sample and enjoying it still. I’m really interested in the perfumer now too – he will be at Esxence talking about his Fragrance Manifesto so I’m hoping I can get to see it. He looks really hard case (not sure if that translate well to US speak)! x
March 9, 2017 at 7:23 pm
Hmmmm, yeah, not sure what you mean by that. You mean that he seems rather serious?
March 9, 2017 at 11:22 am
Oh, I was skipping along utterly entranced when ack! ack! ack!. Tuberose. Thanks for the wonderful review, Steve. My wallet is smiling, too. 😉
March 9, 2017 at 7:23 pm
My dear, we really need to find you that perfect tuberose…I know it’s out there.
March 9, 2017 at 7:45 pm
This one sounds lovely and rel;axing…
March 10, 2017 at 2:17 am
I think hard case may be NZ speak. It means a little out there but not crazy
March 13, 2017 at 3:29 am
I do not know why I’m annoyed. Not only I think that luxury is supposed to be luxury, but I actually could afford these perfumes if I wanted to. And still it irks me. I’m not even talking about oils – it’s a new fad, they are things in its own, whatever. But $495 for 50 ml of EdP? I can’t help wondering if these are actually that much better than many of my favorites that are not as expensive?
Well, at least they claim to use rare and expensive ingredients… It’s more than a lot of others who jumped in the recent years to get a cut of this pie say. So, as always, I wish this brand luck. If I ever at Bergdorf, I’ll give them a try.
March 14, 2017 at 10:27 am
LOL… I can feel your frustration jump off of the page with your comments. To us middle class folks this seems like a great deal of money, but there is a large swath of consumers who have more many than God and will pay anything for luxury. At least the line is exclusive with small distribution and with only 3 fragrances in the collection.
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March 19, 2017 at 12:32 am
I loved it until the oud.
March 19, 2017 at 6:21 am
It did add a very unexpected dimension. Hope you’re doing well.
March 19, 2017 at 6:49 am
Going into hospital tomorrow for six weeks for big knee surgery….ugh…
March 19, 2017 at 7:28 am
Good luck…wishing you a speedy recovery xoxoxxo
March 19, 2017 at 9:14 am
Thanks. I am currently The Lame Narcissus.