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Sandalwood
by D.R. Harris & co.

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GenderMasculine
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Sandalwood is a masculine fragrance by D.R. Harris & co..

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This is a review of the Aftershave which is a old formula and still for sale but more vibrant and intense than the cologne. I've recently found out the cologne version is a new formula and weaker. It pales it comparison and only lasts forty minutes compared to four hours that the aftershave gives you!

The first thing that hits you is a blast of medicinal anise which is fresh followed by a big woody cedar note when the blast calms down.In the first half hour when the big cedar note is present you can smell soft slightly powdery spices with that spice note from old spice. Yes it's here as well but does not dominate, smells great.

Also the camphor in this makes the cedar smell like those strips from cigar boxes. So if you can imagine a dance of woody soft spices with that old spice note around a highlighted cedar note. And then when the soft Sandalwood appears smelling like soft Japanese incense, everything smells so great. The Sandalwood also smells like the note in Carven Homme, I'm getting that impression. Lovely soft spicy woods.

Soon after a light patchouli note can be picked up with the woods. Mixed in with this is a light neroli accord giving the fragrance a earthy woodiness and a light floral freshness.

I have to say it smells very very nice. Also the aftershave gives my face a really nice moisturising effect to such a degree that I don't need to apply a balm. Happy days! lol

Compared to Trumpers Sandalwood this is dry and earthy with light fresh floral undertones with woody notes which are very masculine and front and centre. Where as the Trumper scent is very sweet and loud.

The strength is quite decent that you can wear this as a light cologne, I've been wearing it for about four hours and can still smell gentle wafts from the lovely soft Sandalwood.

So all in all it's a very lovely scent that's versatile as you can use it as a aftershave or wear it as a light cologne with the added benefit that it moisturises your skin really well. Big thumbs up from me!
26th September, 2018 (last edited: 05th October, 2018)
The opening is candles and incense; eastern knick-knack shop, in the best possible way. Very clean, very pleasant, very well balanced. Not too creamy, nor cloying, like some other sandalwoods.

Sadly, it then takes on a character not unlike mouldy bread. Yes, the green dust that plumes from the bag of a formerly fresh loaf. This I believe to be the middle phase, and it does pass, but by then one has already written it off.

The drydown is a fainter version of the opening, which is fine, but getting through the middle is simply not worth it.
21st November, 2017
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
From the beginning the wood notes dominate. I get a very nice sandal, and it a discrete sandal like all the good ones are, especially those with a bit of the real stuff. Also, mercifully the sandal, quite restrained anyway, is not smothered with cedar as in so many other fragrances; the cedar is discrete too. Hints of patchouli and a white pepper add gentle spiciness, not unlike Bois de Santal does but a bit coarser here.

Overall this is a delight; with moderate sillage, very good projection and a splendid eleven hours of longevity on my skin.

A great autumnal sandalwood creation, and after the discontinuation of Floris Sandalwood one of the leading British Sandalwood fragrances. 3.75/5
11th October, 2015 (last edited: 23rd March, 2016)
Just a heads-up: This aftershave seems to have been reformulated recently (it comes in the familiar Harris white box but with a redesigned label). I picked up a bottle after sniffing the tester at the Pasteur Pharmacy in NYC.

I think it might actually be nicer than the original--an unusual occurrence. It seems smoother and slightly more floral. I notice on the EU-required ingredients label that, in addition to the ubiquitous linalool, coumarin, geraniol, citronellol, eugenol and citral, it contains essential oils of patchouli and neroli. Those could easily explain the increased smoothness and floralcy.
20th June, 2015
Marais Show all reviews
United Kingdom
This starts with a nuclear explosion of medicinal spices, mainly clove, possibly mint. Once the mushroom cloud starts to dissipate, the subtle sandalwood becomes more detectable. From about 2 hours in, there's a steady low-level radiation of dry spices and this continues for several hours as the sandalwood fades out. Not a bad scent, and it performs as you would expect for an aftershave, but the santal is a bit too shy, especially in comparison to its rowdy company.
09th June, 2012
This has a very traditional barbershop/wet-shaving aspect that makes it instantly feel retro/vintage/reminiscent of smelling aftershave on an older male relative when a child kind of vibe.
It is powerful, traditionally masculine and to start with feels a little like it might be selected "ironically" rather than with actually "smelling good" in mind.
However, I used it for a while, then skipped to some more "refined" scents and when I came back to it I was really surprised just how good it smells.
Great after a trad shave (safety or cut-throat) - just the right level of sting and yes - it really does smell good.
Now half way through a bottle I know I will be replacing once gone...
Good value too.
29th April, 2012

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