Pino Silvestre 
Silvestre (1955)

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Pino Silvestre by Silvestre

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Pino Silvestre is a men's fragrance launched in 1955 by Silvestre

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There are 81 reviews of Pino Silvestre by Silvestre.

Ahh, the great fragcomm punchline that is Pino Silvestre.

Seriously though, for all the derision flung at poor Pino, it is definitely not the worst-smelling frag. Not by a long shot. You have to give credit to what my nose detects as natural oregano (where is it in the note breakdown!? it is THERE), thyme, and caraway oils. And for a pine scent, it thankfully isn't overdosed with Pine Sol-esque Isobornyl Acetate. It's actually fairly balanced, if not a bit skeletal.

I could see Pino as good for layering with a rose or patchouli scent. Or it could be layered with other conifer-centric scents, like Yatagan.


Ah nostalgia and memories can play havoc with my middle aged brain. So many font memories of colognes from my childhood and early memories of looking forward to manhood.

I am a collector and have many vintage fragrances in my collection. I recently purchased this at a discounter for less than $20.

Huge anticipation of pine forest, fresh, barbershop fragrance so I was so disappointed when I got hit by the smell of mothballs, yes nasty mothballs

I cannot recollect the original fragrance but this is nasty stuff with no redeeming features what so ever - AVOID

Argh. The reformulation of this wonderful classic is a disaster.
Pine? No, an overdose of Cloves. It's more Easter Ham than Christmas Tree. I thought I received a bad bottle so I purchased another bottle to be certain. Same clove blast. While the original was a pine journey through an Italian forest the reformulation is a spicey clove fest that is unpleasant and cloying.

Mediterranean legend, a quick escape to the forest, timeless.

In one of Philip Kerr's Bernie Gunther books, his detective hero is on the run and working as a concierge in an hotel on the French Riviera. It's still in the early years after WWII, and Bernie is penniless. One of his only luxuries is a bottle of Pino Silvestre that one of the guests left in their room. Bernie's a smart cop and smart about cologne too. Pino is the Old Spice of Italy. It's full of botanicals and more often I get hints of rosemary than any pine. But who's complaining? It can be had for pennies and has one of the best amber drydowns ever. It also has zero sillage, like many aftershaves, but at this price point, just re-apply. Get yourself the bodywash as well in the huge green plastic pine cone bottle and revel in it a bit. You don't have to tell anyone you're wearing Pino. Like Bernie, you can be a bit incognito and hold your cards close to your chest. Pino is something you wear for you. Which in the end is all that matters.

Sampled from a recent (reformulated?) tester. Pino Silvestre opens with a bright, slightly camphorous lemon and herbal (thyme?) note, which transitions to more garden/kitchen herbs (rosemary?), then a dominant floral-lavender musk that remains rather jagged and piercing for the first half hour before it smoothes out and settles down, and a balanced lemon-herb-musk accord emerges. The lemon-lavender-herbs combination, along with the bright, jagged intensity of the opening, all create associations with cleaning products for the first half hour, after which the herbal-musk accord takes it in a more earthy, natural direction. While the bright lemon-thyme opening creates a loose impression of pine, I don't detect any pine or coniferous notes for the rest of its run.

Although I was expecting to like this more than Agua Brava because of reviews saying the herbs made PS a more complex fragrance, I prefer the subtle handling of vetiver, musk, and woods in reformulated AB, which also has a bit better longevity. PS fades to skin scent in 1–2 hours. Perhaps the vintage version is more impressive . . .

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