Hermèssence Santal Massoïa (2011)
    by Hermès

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    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)

    TeeTee's avatar
    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

    teardrop's avatar
    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

    Quarry's avatar
    United States United States

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    "Vetiver Tonka Light" with fig, finessed. Safe. Basenoters might want more character, but this should be successful among civilians with good taste.

    27 May, 2012

    biogon's avatar
    United States United States

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    Absolutely sublime and ethereal scent. The opening is nearly devoid of alcohol, the top notes creamy with a little peppery sandalwood. There's a little of the tea note from Osmanthus Yunnan. Wafts tease the nose; the left side picking up on a sweetness; the right side a milkiness.

    Subtle and delicate: Santal Massoïa is more a memory of an echo, than a fragrance.

    If only it lasted longer. One cannot speak of the drydown because there is none. No matter how much I put on, by the two-hour mark, it is completely and utterly gone. No sillage of note, and zero longevity.

    For the price, it would be a little silly to keep reapplying every two hours, no?

    22 May, 2012

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