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Silphium by Stora Skuggan - anyone tried it?

I have tried it. And I really like it!

This is the company´s second offering (after Fantôme de Maules which to me was a rather bland green fragrance), and it is centered around "Silphium" - an extinct plant of great value, they say. From the Stora Skuggan site:

"Even if one just tastes it, at once arouses a humour throughout the body and has a very healthy aroma” - Pedanius Dioscorides, around year 70 BC

Silphium (probably of the genus Ferula) was a plant that grew in the area of Cyrene, present day Libya, and was widely renowned as a spice, medicinal herb and perfume ingredient throughout the empires of the classical antiquity. It was praised by Greek philosophers and writers, as well as Roman emperors and cookbook authors.

There were many attempts to cultivate Silphium, but they inevitably failed. It would only grow wild in a limited area of the north African coast. This is combination with its qualities as seasoning and medicine made Silphium the most valuable spice in the world, outshining both saffron and cinnamon. The demand for Silphium eventually became so overwhelming that it was harvested to extinction, and the taste and smell of the once greatest spice in the world was lost in time.

Our rendition of this historical plant is created by researching surviving assumed relatives of Silphium, using aromachemicals (the molecular building blocks of scents) to create an accord that we feel represents what descriptions remains. This is set against a background of ancient incense, woods and leather."

The official pyramid (which to me is pretty true to the fragrance):

Top Notes
Silphium accord, Cistus
Heart Notes
Cinnamon, Black pepper, Tobacco, Ginger, Geranium, Clove
Base notes
Frankincense, Myrrh, Cedarwood, Leather

Lovers of green, classical masculine perfumery should pay attention to this one. It smells at the same time both very natural and dense, it´s herbal and elegant, and with great staying power.

By the way, "Stora Skuggan" means "The Big Shadow" and is an almost forgotten forest just outside the inner city borders of Stockholm City. I use to mountainbike there and there is a mystical air to the place, especially the abandoned ski jumping tower.

Below is two pictures of the abandoned ski jumping tower: one in it´s heyday in 1910 and one showing the current abandon tower from the 1930´s.

What are your thoughts on this fragrance? Definitely on my buy list!

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