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.
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.
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.
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
One of my favorites. Well worth the money