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Silphium (2017)
by Stora Skuggan


Silphium information

Year of Launch2017
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
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HouseStora Skuggan
PerfumerOlle Hemmendorff
PerfumerTomas Hempel

About Silphium

"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.

Silphium fragrance notes

Reviews of Silphium

There is one review of Silphium.
Balsamic, slight citrus accord on top. Next comes an equally riveting note combo. Sharp, biting cinnamon, black pepper, and ginger. Smattering of clove. What really stands out is the tobacco and geranium. This mix, gives an animalic vibe. It lies underneath. It is also loaded with incense, that slowly makes its presence known. A leather comes later.

This, is a strong perfume. Spiced. Deep & warm. Woody incense flavors. The tiniest sweet note hovers above the skin. Sometimes this fragrance almost, smells as if there is agarwood here. I get that oud accord off and on, in "passing".

An excellent choice for those who enjoy incense-like fragrances. Hours later, incense is still king, long-lasting, on the skin. Well done!
08th March, 2019

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