Santos Sport is a very nice aromatic fougere with a fresh powdery drydown that could have been better if It mantained that amazing top-mid notes accord for a longer time! The powdery drydown comes too fast, although It's not as stuffy as this kind of accord use to be. It keeps only a smooth sample of its green and addictive start and combines it with a slightly sweet powder note. Everything calculated not to be overpowering in comparison, of course, with other 80s fragrances. Different from any recent sporty scents and a real deal!
Artemisia, citrus and bergamot embedded in a lush deep green note are in the opening, combines to a wonderful green potpourri. The citrus mellows a bit, and fir, thyme, cedarwood and vetiver give beautiful depth and warmth that is always counterbalanced by freshness. Moss, more moss, amber and labdanum are added in the base, and the overall impression is amazing. The depth of green never turns dark, like a deep forest with sunshine breaking through the tree tops. the blending is masterful, silage and projection good on my skin, and the longevity brilliant at close to nine hours. Cartier's all-time masterpiece, and an iconic fragrance.
On the side of Santos Concentree another wonderful version of the wonderful Santos. This version is perfect in my opinion and as told it keeps the spicy, mossy and animalic soul of the original adding a more refreshing, subtle, green, aromatic, fluid and citrusy beat. The patchouli is still there, just less smoky, earthy and dark while the fragrance itself is lighter, still orangy but less gummy-resinous. Perfect for daily usage at work and office but absolutely not sporty in the sense of "too much watered down". Classic.
Forget the 'sport' moniker. SANTOS EAU DE SPORT retains some of the original's spicy musky masculine vibe but adds a refreshing twist of dark forest greenery. Mossy and leathery with just a hint of sweetness in the base, it boasts of decent silllage and reminds me somewhat of Jacomo's Anthracite pour homme. Unfortunately it projects more of a 'Tom Selleck' image when my profile is probably closer to a 'Johnny Depp'. But if you're a fan of retro-styled masculines, or sports a lush moustache, this could be a great addition. If you could find some, that is.
this is indeed classy stuff.
19th August, 2010 (last edited: 02nd February, 2011)