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Hermèssence Santal Massoïa (2011)
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Hermèssence Santal Massoïa information

Year of Launch2011
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 87 votes)

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HouseHermès
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

Bright and green figgy opening that settles into strips of freshly peeled bark. Solid woody base with atmospheric qualities.

Plainly put - I did not like Santal Massoia upon first spray/opening. Fig has to really wow me over, and Santal Massoia blows me out of the water. Don't dismiss this one at first sniff, wear it for a while and the skies will part after a good 15 or so minutes of wear. Take the time to allow this one to show you how great it can be. I agree this is one of the best in the Hermessences line.
19th December, 2018
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
rbaker Show all reviews
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

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