G’day APJ folk!
We all have those unsung hero type scents that sit mid way on the shelf, rarely used. For a myriad of reasons, the scent keeps getting over looked. I see it and think, ‘Yeah, another day perhaps; not in the mood for it now.’ I even forget why I was attracted to the scent in the first place.
This morning I picked this hero up and sprayed.
Si Eau de Toilette by Giorgio Armani 2015
Fragrantica lists the notes as: blackcurrant, pear, mandarin, bergamot, neroli, freesia, osmanthus, jasmine, mango, rose, strawberry, patchouli, musk, vanilla, amber, woody notes.
If you have ever tried Si (edp), or any of its flankers, you’ll know, generally, what the edt is like. The opening blast of cassis, patchouli and rose will be incredibly familiar. They all share that same fruity, slightly sweet and bitter beginning. Si (edp) has inspired many newer scents, such as Always Red by Elizabeth Arden and a couple of Sofia Vergara scents, so no doubt you’ll have smelled it somewhere. The ubiquitousness of this note combination prompted me to shy away from Si for the longest time.
What makes Si (edt) differ from the original and its flankers, as well as attract me, is the presence of freesia. Fans of freesia based scents understand how hard it is to find a freesia that isn’t screechy and headache inducing, isn’t swamped by other notes, isn’t revoltingly synthetic or so fleeting on opening that it is a waste of money to purchase a bottle. In Si (edt), the freesia is beautifully supported by the junction of all the other notes. It sits centre stage for the first two hours and gracefully dims itself over the next few hours. The pear and vanilla are present enough to gently smooth the freesia’s screech, leaving me to enjoy its scent for longer than I can normally cope with it unfiltered.
The balance between the florals and fruit are superbly crafted in this formulation. Neither leap forward to suggest a leaning to either accord, so I get to appreciate both. My favourite pear note is high pitched and loud, present in a Rosie Jane oil (I plan to review that soon), but in Si (edt), the pear is a very different sort. It is a creamy, late summer, sun kissed, yellow skinned pear. The sort that oozes a rich juice upon first bite. It blends with the tartness of strawberry and the very ripe honey mango.
The resulting scent is a heady mix that does stay quite linear on me for hours. I must be in the right frame of mind to wear it, sadly. The complexity of the composition does force my attention from whatever I am doing, and on an empty stomach, it can cause me queasiness. When I do wear it, I berate myself for not using it more often; I am enthralled by its richness of notes. I think Si (edt) isn’t the type to work as a daily. It demands attention, contemplation and certainly is not a ‘no brainer’. For so long, I had pegged this as a cotton candy, frou frou type and really gave it no credit for having any semblance of seriousness.
I put Si (edt) alongside Chloe Nomade, L’Heure Bleue (edp), January Scent Project’s Selperniku and Auphorie’s Eau de Nyonya as scents that require intellectual effort to fully appreciate. They are gorgeous scents in their own right and are easily enjoyed, but their level of complexity cannot be grasped upon spraying and forgetting.
What is your unsung hero, or your intellectual masterpiece you often overlook?
Until next time,