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Hermèssence Santal Massoïa (2011)
by Hermès


Hermèssence Santal Massoïa information

Year of Launch2011
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 79 votes)

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PerfumerJean-Claude Ellena

About Hermèssence Santal Massoïa

Hermèssence Santal Massoïa is a shared / unisex perfume by Hermès. The scent was launched in 2011 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena

Hermèssence Santal Massoïa fragrance notes

Reviews of Hermèssence Santal Massoïa

This mythical wood,
So inspired and inspiring,
A gift from Primrose.
24th November, 2017
In The Woods by Paul Cezanne 1896
16th June, 2017
More of a fig fragrance than a sandalwood, but the sandalwood is definitely there. Starts off somewhat dry and then is soon balanced out by the creamy massoia wood. I believe this is not only one of the finest in the Hermessence line, but perhaps the finest sandalwood fragrance there is right next to Santal 33. Best for the summer months. This fragrance will do a couple Houdini acts throughout the day. It will disappear, then once some humid air hits, it swarms everything around you like bees. Another JCE masterpiece.
28th April, 2017
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United Kingdom
With the green fig and the sandalwood together I can well appreciate that Philosykos as well as Tam Dao - one of my regulars - are mentioned in this case. The fig is there first, green, a touch sharp, but soon gaining depth by added tones of dried apricots/prunes with a touch of almond-nutty vibes after a while - further into the drydown a discreet coconut is added on. Overall there is a sweet touch but not a heavy or cloying one.

Now after the first hour or two the sandal arrives, a very restrained- as they mostly are - sandalwood that, unlike Tam Dao - carries with it only a minor amount of cedarwood; I do not get much of pencil-shavings here but I get darker wood notes too. The sandalwood remains present into the base and is freshened up by a vetifer impression that has only a touch of a woody character attached to it.

I get moderate sillage, adequate projection and six hours of longevity.

An autumnal sandalwood scent with fig - Diptyque^2 so to speak. Well crafted, not too synthetic. 3.25/5.
14th March, 2017
I think this Hermessence flew under most people's radar. I've had a sample for a while, but never got a few full wearings out of it, until recently.

In a nutshell, this is Tam Dao meets Philosykos. It's crazy how it's almost a perfect blend of the two. The fig opening is ripe and green, sweet, but only naturally. Quickly, one of the best sandalwood notes that I've smelled in a long time, comes forward, and within 10 minutes, sandalwood dominates. With fig, and coconut lingering in the background. When the notes blend together, it smells a bit like iris too.

After about 20 minutes, the notes sort of intertwined, and become more an accord than anything. Like most from the Hermessence line, you can expect that to happen. A simple linear smell. There is however a slightly sour smell going on, it's not a big deal, but I do notice it for a while. I can't tell what note it is, or what combination causing this.

Although this a definite thumbs up for me, it's not something I would wanna buy, because I could get my sandalwood and fig fixes elsewhere without having to spend over $300 for a bottle.
27th February, 2017
I think I underrated this line way more than it deserved, except for Cuir d’Ange which stroke me since the very first sniff as the utter overwhelming masterpiece it is. Both Vetiver Tonka and Ambre Narguilé quite grew on me slowly over time, and lately Santal Massoia has done it too – even more slowly. It seemed to me a weak sandalwoody ”thingy” at first, while now I quite changed my mind about it (luckily I hesitated to review it right away back then). I mean, I liked it already, but it just seemed a bit too tame at first. On the contrary, it’s a fantastic, perfectly compelling and fulfilling scent: and as many fantastic scents, it just requires a bit more attention than usual to get its value at its fullest. Composition-wise it bears Ellena’s best features, which this Hermessence line surely and deservedly glorified: transparency, weightlessness, and yet a substantial, consistent, rich presence and persistence – just a different, “airy” concept of richness. If you want to understand the difference between “light” and “weightless”, then a couple of these Hermessence scents are quite a magnificent example of that.

Since the very first minutes, Santal Massoia goes back to Gucci Rush for Men’s territory: clean, modern, transparent, onirically creamy sandalwood-cedar notes, here paired with a subtle, marvelously comforting sort of milky-fruity note (the “fig” nuance). Take Gucci Rush for Men, for once not raping it like any other depressing ripoff of it did in the past years (from Azzaro Chrome to Pal Zileri Sartoriale), mix it with Carbone de Balmain’s concept of a “fig-infused woody accord”, give it a luxury, extremely quality substance and elegance as in the very few best sandalwood scents of all times, tweak the volume know down to left a bit, spray it on an angel’s wing, distill it, there’s Santal Massoia. By the way, the “angelic” component – I wasn’t kidding about that – will emerge even more clearly on the late drydown, a fantastic, ephemeral sort of watercolour touch of bright, vibrant yet extremely delicate floral nuances with a light woody undertone, oddly even more fresher than the early stages.

A superb piece of classy understatement, nowhere and anywhere on your skin, one of those subtle scents which seem always about to vanish and yet you smell around them for hours, and hours. Just pure white brilliance with a sophisticated, somehow opalescent and dreamy texture as in some old Polaroids of a trip to Middle East. It’s very simple actually, a delicate (and amazingly high-quality) creamy sandalwood, and yet Ellena’s ability makes it smell just like heaven. A dreamlike reflection of heaven, actually, given its smooth, glassy, see-through substance. Just give it a shot. Amazing and completely unique.

22nd February, 2016

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