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Sandalwood information

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Parent CompanyThe Equitium Group

About Sandalwood

Sandalwood is a masculine fragrance by Caswell-Massey.

Reviews of Sandalwood

Ever since 1941 when CM introduced TRICORN, they had the very best sandalwood cologne ever created, using the treasured Mysore sandalwood as its source. Well, the forests were devastated over time, and Mysore became ever more expensive. The common Bangalore sandalwood has gone into the CM SANDALWOOD scent and it is common and pedestrian.

For those who never knew what real sandalwood smelled like, this may "do," but it's a sad come down in quality, the difference between luxurious, intense and creamy - and - sweetly pleasant.

Save up and buy TRICORN on Ebay. John Barrymore used it as his signature scent and that is saying something.

26th February, 2017
The reviews on other forums are way more mixed (& negative) than here. I cannot deduce why that is.

Because I am principley a Basenoter I blind bought this recently (curse you Amazon One-Click!).

I will not dispense with pleasantries.

What we have here is room spray.

Oh, waitóJoe Malone, et al, make great room sprays. This is not them.

So; room spray when you run out of room spray.

That's what my bottle is doing.

(So, at minimum, try before you buy, but it's a clear Thumbs Down for me.)
04th May, 2016
How, HOW is this only $35? The listed ingredients are just perfumer's alcohol, 'Sandalwood fragrance oil (parfum),' and water. The opening smells a little citrusy, though this impression very quickly dries off. The remaining experience is an utterly convincing sandal - dry, spicy, creamy, woody, and unusually long-lasting. This one doesn't unravel or fall apart - it's more like the overall picture gets farther away. This is an incredibly faceted and engaging, albeit somewhat barbershop scent (read; Not for those that dislike shaving soap or powdery classic scents). It's a real performer, so if you aren't the type to get bored with the linear it's one of the best steals out there.
Short of incurring personality-altering brain damage I think C-M's Sandalwood is staying in my collection indefinitely. Thumbs, toes, and nose hairs up.
03rd December, 2015
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The top notes states with a spicy note, that soon gives way to the sandalwood core that made this scent famous. It is a clean, saturated and fairly unadulterated sandalwood, less fresh than the opening of Creed's Bois de Santal, and without the delightful lightness of Tam Dao, but a very convincing wood note nonetheless. †In the drydown after the first couple of hours it divulges a creaminess that looses the wood note a bit for a while whilst morphing into a barbershop soapy impression of the highest order. †Later whiffs of the sandalwood reappear playfully, with a greenish-herbal impression in the background adding a hint a dirtiness at times. †Silage and projection are good, longevity is an impressive seven hours on me.†One of the most convincing sandalwood scents.
01st May, 2013
This is a very "woodsy" sandalwood, with a far-away, exotic splendor that brings to mind lost monasteries and palaces. It opens with slightly dissonant citrus and spice (cinnamon, clove) notes but quickly gives way to a rich, potent sandalwood, though more resinous than "creamy" to my nose. I also get a major blast of patchouli, especially in the dry down, and possibly some vetiver of the dark, earthy kind. In fact, it has some resemblance to L'Occitane's Vetyver. Beautiful intensity and endurance. Can't believe it's so affordable.
03rd March, 2011
shamu1 Show all reviews
United States
When people talk about high quality sandalwood smelling "creamy", they must be talking about scents like this one. Caswell-Massey has produced a superb, almost definitive, sandalwood scent here. The sandalwood is treated in very warm, rich, multifaceted, and yes, creamy, way. It starts off sharp and dry, mellows into the heart and starts to develop its smoothness, which is sustained until the fragrance completely fades from your skin. In the drydown, the ultra-smoothness continues, but the sandalwood also shows its earthy side too.

Though this doesn't technically qualify as a fougere, it smells like one. It is very masculine (and feminine too, if worn by a woman) and extremely old school, capturing an appealing old world barbershop feel throughout its duration. In fact, I think this fragrance smells a lot like shaving cream, and I like that. This smells like a fragrance that I would expect to have been popular with well groomed gentlemen in the 1800's.

CM's Sandalwood represents outstanding value too, as I think this outshines even the expensive niche Santal Noble, in its pure sandalwoodiness. It is also nice and strong, with all-day longevity and good sillage.

MY RATING: 8.5/10
08th July, 2010

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