Reviewing Acqua di Selva the other day has inspired me to review Pino Silvestre, since the two fragrances are similar and equally great. Pino is in my Top 25 favorites list, and I wouldn't feel right having a blog without a proper review of it.
Often referred to as "old school", Pino Silvestre
is, to me, more of a timeless classic than a throwback scent. I suppose the fact that it's an aromatic
fougere and that its smell is light years away from what's popular these days
makes it old school. But even then, it's
a lot different than the aromatic fougeres from the 1970's.
Pino Silvestre is distinctively Mediterranean, with its
strong evergreen and herbal aroma. With
a name like "Pino Silvestre", you'd expect this to smell like a pine
forest, and you'd be right. Though pine
isn't listed as an ingredient, the sharp green herbal and citrus opening has a
deliberately pine-like scent. The fact
that such a piney smell comes from a perfume containing no pine oil speaks
volumes about the talent of its creator, Lino Vidal. Unfortunately I know very little about him,
but the mere fact that he created Pino Silvestre makes him my perfume hero.
The sharpness of the opening dissipates after a few minutes,
changing the smell of the fragrance from that of pine needles to more of an airy,
outdoorsy smell, sort of like wind blowing through a pine forest. It's a thoroughly green, dry, herbal scent
that is delightful in every way. A lot
of people don't like fragrances with strong dry herbal facets, so Pino might
not be to everyone's taste. I happen to
love herbal and pine scents, and for me, this is the perfect fragrance.
Pino's combination of good sillage, outstanding longevity
(12+ hours on my skin), and very low price make it one of the best fragrance
bargains ever. It also has the coolest
(and most appropriate) packaging I've ever seen for a perfume - a green glass
bottle shaped like a pine cone.
MY RATING: 10/10