Hermèssence Santal Massoïa (2011)
    by Hermès

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    Hermèssence Santal Massoïa is a unisex fragrance by Hermès. The scent was launched in 2011

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    tempest moon's avatar

    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    Milk & Woods...

    Santal Massoïa is a milky, fig-like interpretation of creamy sandalwood. It is a sweet, very playful scent which blends with the skin beautifully giving a translucent, "beige" like impression of warm, musky skin.

    I find that Jean Claud-Ellena's description of "milky woods" sums this up pretty well. Sandalwood itself is known for it's milky, creamy quality (notes of real Milk are also featured in the composition) and the note of Massoïa adds another special quality... a cinnamon-like vibe juxtaposed with real Coconut notes. The Fig note here is both green, and slightly mineral-like in the top (Ellena's trademark use of Iso-E-Super), but dried fruit-like and resinous in the background too.

    A pretty enjoyable fragrance, I find it very nice and approachable. Be warned though, it is a skin scent throughout. It stays very close and blends with warm skin, staying there until the drydown.

    17 July, 2014

    Way Off Scenter's avatar

    United States United States

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    Genre: Woods

    I can’t say I was looking forward to the Hermèssence foray into sandalwood with any degree of enthusiasm. The wan, anemic style Jean-Claude Elléna has adopted for this line doesn’t appeal to me to begin with, and sandalwood, whether Mysore or Australian, is an assertive note. Nonetheless, I was curious as to how an unconventionally trim and transparent sandalwood fragrance might smell. Not much like sandalwood, it turns out.

    Santal Massoïa opens on a sour, rather chemical-smelling green fig note, which persists for much of the development. This “fig” is actually abrasive enough to make me sneeze if I inhale it with any vigor. Such woods as there are in Santal Massoïa take their time emerging. What eventually makes its way past the sour fig is a very pale, dry wood and coconut accord that smells more like cedar than sandalwood. I wouldn’t recognize massoia wood if it bit me in the backside, but if this is it, I’m not impressed. Santal Massoïa’s late stages are pretty much dried coconut and sawdust, which seems insufficient to me at roughly $75 US per ounce.

    Fleshless as they are, the best of the Hermèssence scents (Osmanthe Yunnan, Ambre Narguilé,) still have a certain spare elegance about them. This one just smells like a miscalculation. I’ll take Santal Majuscule or Santal Noble any day.

    26 June, 2014

    Darvant's avatar

    Italy Italy

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    Humid, yes, delicately humid at the beginning, than languid, barely peppery, minimally creamy and supremely woody with a perfumed wet woods aroma (a la Dsquared2) and a sort of barely (almost oily) floral final spark which conjures me remotely Fahrenheit Dior (ideally replacing the violet with smooth iris and the gasoline with a minimal resinous coconutty touch soothing the woods). The mild (because of a delicate almondy soap) sandalwood aroma is dominant, the milky vibe is produced by soft iris combined with an almondy/coconutty sort of foam which provides a touch of oiliness (a density anyway deprived of the typical milky coconutty aroma) which affords a minimal touch of creaminess to the floral woodiness (like a vague sort of resin producing a faint oleous undertone lingering around). A faint and fresh figgy feel lifts finally its discreet aroma in the air as surrounded by a typical cool (slightly peppery) vetiver/sandalwood accord (as for an ideal combination between Philosykos, 7 De Loewe and Bvlgari Man). A pleasant ethereal potion, masculine, classic and intimate.

    04 February, 2014 (Last Edited: 06 February, 2014)

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    Nigeria Nigeria

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    This is nothing like I would expect from reading the notes. There is nothing milky in here, I don't smell fruits and it is barely, just barely sweet.... if at all! Imagine dry woods impregnated with dusty iris and you have a better idea of what this actually smells like. Never trust the listed notes because you never know what they combine into. This is quite dry and very masculine even though it is listed as unisex. It smells like shoe polish.

    31st March, 2013

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    England England

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    l get a cool, crisp, green opening of fig along with the woods, & a whisper of vetiver. l can see the comparisons with Santal 33; it is a very similar scent, but here the woods are smoothed-off & polished, rather than rough-hewn straight from the tree. lt quickly becomes a soft & creamy skin scent, with, to my nose, just the barest trace of dry coconut. From here it continues in a quite linear fashion, with the vetiver more apparent after several hours. lt seems others have problems with the longevity, but on me it lasts a good ten hours overall.
    l would say this leans slightly more feminine than Santal 33, & those who find the awesome projection of Santal 33 a little too in-your-face might prefer this one, as a gentler expression of the same idea.

    03 July, 2012

    epicurean's avatar

    United States United States

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    A wonderful woodsy scent in the “balmy breeze” category. If only it lasted more than 20 minutes! Come on, Hermès: Even summer scents need more staying power than this; the party’s over before you even get to your first stop on a summer night out! But still: a marvelous light sandalwood concoction with the zing of lime and the milky smoothness of coconut. (Classy enough for office wear as well, i.e. it does not smell like a pina colada despite the ingredients list!)
    In sum: A thumbs-up, though not entirely worth the money when you know that other scents in the same price league give you much more staying power. But I still enjoy it in my collection, 1) for occasional wear, and 2) as a reminder of a very, very similar and much-missed scent: Gucci Rush for Men.

    28 May, 2012

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