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Santal Blanc (2001)
by Serge Lutens

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Santal Blanc information

Year of Launch2001
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 184 votes)

People and companies

HouseSerge Lutens
PerfumerChristopher Sheldrake
Parent CompanyShiseido

About Santal Blanc

Santal Blanc is a shared / unisex perfume by Serge Lutens. The scent was launched in 2001 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Christopher Sheldrake

Santal Blanc fragrance notes

Reviews of Santal Blanc

This begins for me as a fresh, minty blast, followed by a generic woody floral scent, that is common and unremarkable. Unlike most strong Lutens scents, this is extremely light.

I get none of the spice notes mentioned by others, and my nose is most susceptible to the use of both cumin and immortelle (fenugreek) in modern perfumery. Odd that so many did get these notes, but my nose cannot pick them up.

If there is iris here, it is almost imperceptible as well, but may be adding to the dry woody notes.

All in all, pleasant but entirely unremarkable.
21st May, 2016
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Whilst there is the light white sandalwood as the core, it actually opens up with a resinous and peppery-spicy undertone. In the drydown it takes a floral turn, incorporating iris, jasmine and a light whiff of rose, and in the base the inevitable cedar arrives - few sandalwood scents theses days don't have a dominating cedar sidekick attached to it. In all fairness the cedar sticks to a supporting rôle here.

Overall this follows a fairly traditional concept that is very well executed with top-notch ingredients. Good for warmer autumn days, it displays soft sillage and adequate longevity ion my skin with a very good longevity of seven hours. A brighter sandal scent. 3.5/5
22nd January, 2015
Genre: Woods

A straightforward, linear (presumably Australian) sandalwood composition, accented with a touch of spiced rum and sweetened with vanilla and benzoin. The booze and woods are less stark and bold than in its younger cousin Chêne, and the whole thing is less complex and paler than the more recent Santal Majuscule. Santal Blanc is a pleasant fragrance, but neither exciting nor original. To my mind, the aforementioned Chêne and Santal Majuscule both outshine it as woody entries in the Serge Lutens lineup.
07th September, 2014
I would have never thought to say this about a scent, especially a Lutens one, but the first thing I unconsciously thought of while testing this on paper was: pizza. Freshly baked, steamy pizza out of a brick oven, covered in sweet tomato sauce and sweet mozzarella. Must be some weird musky sandalwood accord. However then it tends more on a sweet/smoky side, with a spicy tea accord. In short, a decent scent (except for the odd start) that does not even compare to most of other Lutens fragrances.

5/10
28th January, 2014 (last edited: 05th April, 2014)
Santal Blanc is the masculine Un Bois Vanille. It is a lovely vanilla sandalwood with balsamic notes in place of the fruity notes of Un Bois Vanille, which is one of my very favorite vanilla fragrances. Sillage and longevity are excellent for both. Santal Blanc is both soft & warm and bold & bracing all at the same time! It is no longer available in this country, which is a shame.
27th December, 2012
Bit disappointing. On my skin Santal Blanc loses all the powdery/blanc notes I smell on the muilllette. What I detect is a good liquerice but not much of sandal. Still SB goes along with all the beautiful Lutens scents being always full, complex and aristocratic. Not for a second buy but happy I have it.
18th November, 2012

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