L'Artisan Parfumeur Santal is a luxurious and quite subtle take on the main woody theme which appears in here multifaceted, zingy-spicy and "palatin" in its vaguely baroque combination of elements. The calibration of stormy spices, green/leafy elements, soapy woods and hesperides is glorious, conjuring on me the idea of mysterious evenings at "Venetian Court". Probably cloves and nutmeg are included in the recipe since the general aura is quite peppery, kind of Victorian and hyper subtle. Santal seems running in the same league as a scent which I utterly love, namely the sadly discontinued Laura Biagiotti Venezia Uomo, since both elicit a really refined, kind of aristocratic and elusive aura (both share apparently indeed a common foundation of lime/bergamot, fresh lavender, exotic patchouli, woods, subtle oriental notes and probably tonka). I get a main accord of lime, cloves, patchouli and sandalwood supported by hints of amber and probably vetiver. Green aromatic notes (supported by lime-bergamot and spices) arouse initially a kind of fresh-sparkling (earthy-pungent) aura. Also vintage Guerlain Heritage Edt (especially for its combination of piquant spices, vanilla and patchouli) and the superior "by Jean Laporte as well appointed" Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Santal Noble (more emphatic on classic animalic/resinous chypre luxuriousness) jump on mind, at least conceptually (partially "aromatically" as well). This lime's usage (vaguely acid-spicy-piquant, kind of fruity, surely "vintage eau de cologne-like", aromatic and barely oily) affords a sort of "neo-baroque" feel on my skin. There is also a typical lingering "powerhouse vibe" as basic feel. I get sharp floral notes (rose, jasmine, geranium??) as "balanced" part of an aristocratic mélange. Dry down is warmly spicy, semi-oriental, smooth, (still at same time freshly aromatic) and somewhat exotic. The synthetic level is "under control" on my skin.
08th November, 2015 (last edited: 09th November, 2015)
I hear that this recently won the Finest Sandalwood Scent in the Universe Award at the intergalactic competitions. Well deserved, too, in my opinion. The kind of fine, light, sweet, warm sandlewood that one can only dream about. A distinguished wonder, suitable for both lads and lasses (and extra-terrestrials too).
I was very disappointed with this one, fleeting, boring, with a touch of lime and not much else. No resinous powdery sandalwood here...limes and pencils. I wonder if this one inspired Navegar?
Santal is very smooth and refined. It is obviously a creation of Jean Laporte whose basenotes are as identifiable as those of the Guerlains. Similar to nothing - except the other fragrances of Laporte in this line as well as Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier.