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Original Santal (2005)
by Creed


Original Santal information

Year of Launch2005
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 502 votes)

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Parent CompanyCreed

About Original Santal

Original Santal is a masculine fragrance by Creed. The scent was launched in 2005

Original Santal fragrance notes

Reviews of Original Santal

Mehhh . Is nice but is just not worth the money. It is similar to joop and individuel but santal is obviously superior I just can't say it's ten times as superior. Very sweet with a bit of a clean linen vibe in the opening. I owned an older batch which was quite different to the newer ones as I could actually detect some sandal wood. Can pick up Tonka in the dry down.

Doesn't have amazing performance given the price .

Total rating 6/10
27th July, 2017
Not a bad fragrance, but too sweet for my taste. It's listed as a men's fragrance, but if someone told me it was Unisex I wouldn't argue.
19th March, 2017
Galanthus Show all reviews
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Original Santal.. is my second favourite perfume of Creed. It's pretty simple on this one.. you love it or you hate it nothing in between.
09th January, 2017
This is pretty much just louder, richer Joop, basically just a sweet mix of cinnamon, cloves, and maraschino cherry over ambrox, which gives it more depth than its inspiration. Any other elements (maybe some lavender and some traces of a woody chypre) are so drowned in sweet, sticky red syrup that they're pretty much negligible.

I should hate this for its lack of originality, its crass sweetness, and for lying about being sandalwood, but I love it anyway. It shouts with a sweet dumbness that should be annoying but that I find endearing. It's too loud for everyday wear, but I think it's pretty much the perfect nightclub scent.
01st January, 2017
Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
Original Santal is a sweet and spicy gourmand take on sandalwood. This is not the dry Eastern sandalwood found in Dam Tao, nor is it the elegant barbershop sandalwood of Arden for Men or even the luscious floral sandalwood of Samsara.... There IS sandalwood in here, but it is sharing the kitchen on a rainy day with baking pastries and spicy holiday pies. Demerara sugar is scattered across a wooden counter top, competing for space with ground cinnamon and vanilla beans. Cooking herbs are piled up, too--rosemary, lavender and juniper berries. The Creed house note of ambergris is conspicuous by its absence. Original Santal is cozy and appealing; not especially masculine, not especially feminine. Boys and girls in equal measure like to lick the spoon once Mom has finished mixing up the cake batter; grown-ups can now wear the same experience.
06th August, 2016
Anytime I try a sandalwood fragrance I judge it from the perspective that sandalwood as a note, is difficult to clarify. In my experience, sandalwood fragrances are typically spicy wood fragrances that can vary significantly in composition. Original Santal really doesn't fit my perception of what I believe a traditional or even modern sandalwood fragrance should be.

That said, Original Santal is actually a simple, if not slightly sugary wood scent. It's a bit different (original?), and maybe even nice in the right context. But it's not anything close to my perception of a sandalwood fragrance. I prefer MPG's Santal Noble as a traditional sandalwood, Diptyque's Tam Dao or perhaps one of Luten's compositions as a more modern take on the note. Original Santal is just an average sugary wood scent, that carries a Creed name. Not bad, but nothing to recommend.
24th November, 2015

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