Sometimes I crave silence more than anything else. I love my sons, but their constant, and I mean CONSTANT blabbering, is sometimes hard to take. I am glad they are lively and love to talk, I am glad they want to tell me everything that passes through their heads, I am sure those times will change, but still. Sometimes I long for silence.
There is an olfactory equivalent to silence. And as long as my environment won’t cooperate and be quiet now and then, I need to inhale that silence. And my favorite master nose Bertrand Duchaufour once more comes to the rescue.
Created in 2002 as part of the five incense perfumes that comprise the Series 3 of avant-garde fashion label and innovative perfume house Commes des Garcons, Kyoto includes notes of incense, cypress oil, coffee, teak wood, vetiver, patchouli, amber, immortelle and Virginian cedar.
Kyoto smells quiet, calm, meditative, silent.
A quick kick of coffee – the beans, not the ready made beverage – open this fragrance, but soon cypress and a smooth, cool, almost non-smoky incense take over. Vetiver and cedar carry the on the uplifting freshness of the cypress in the heart and base, all the while propping up the star of the show – incense.
Kyoto is a light fragrance, it is elegantly restrained and stays close, it does not evoke Europe’s dark and dank churches (that is what Avignon, another Duchaufour creation in the series, is for), but rather a far-eastern scenario develops in my head. Buddhist monks meditating, calm and quiet radiating off them. Inner peace regardless of circumstances.
That still means some (okay, a lot of) work for me.