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Palo Santo (2015)
by Carner Barcelona

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Palo Santo information

Year of Launch2015
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 15 votes)

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HouseCarner Barcelona

About Palo Santo

Palo Santo is a shared / unisex perfume by Carner Barcelona. The scent was launched in 2015

Palo Santo fragrance notes

Reviews of Palo Santo

Guaiac maple malt
With burnt tonka syrup and
Vanilla ice cream.

Palo Santo thus
Remaining a mystery
The wood and this scent.

In the same way that
Answering the great questions
Leaves a greater mess.
28th September, 2018
From melting toffee to sweet and salted wood, Palo Santo is a strange one, but it’s a familiar kind of strangeness. The odour profile from start to finish is dense and buttery, but as the projection is a bit tentative, it doesn’t overwhelm. This toffee-impregnated woody with slightly boozy breath has a kind of maple syrup and bacon meatiness about it which is perhaps aiming to achieve an olfactory umami sensation. If Jeux de Peau rocked your boat, then this may also be worth your while.
03rd November, 2017
I think the listed notes in Palo Santo (2015) of guaiac wood and cedar may be the dominant smell of this in the top, based on similar-smelling fragrances with those notes, such as Affinessence Cèdre-Iris (2015, which lists both) and Olympic Orchids woodcut (2014, which lists cedar).

This one also lists warm milk, which does seem to match.

The thought of giving this a thumbs up crossed my mind in the early mid, and into the base I started liking it and switched from neutral to thumbs up.
15th June, 2017
Stardate 20170531:
I have tried Palo Santo cone (thanks to Hat and Beard) and liked it. This is not like that at all. I thought maybe Carner meant Guaiac wood when they say Palo Santo but nope, not getting that either. The other problem with this fragrance is that it sucks.
So not Palo Santo and not good.
31st May, 2017 (last edited: 06th June, 2017)
A quiet and somewhat gauche duo of sweet milky caramel and difficult dry woods.

The opening flourish of disinfectant and acid fruity syrup hints at interesting things to come but sadly these fade out far too soon. This leaves the field open to a vaguely unsettling and unpalatable dry woody iris set against a thick and creamy comfort-food caramel.

The obvious tension in this repulsion / attraction gourmand theme has potential to be developed but the challenge is ducked. What could have been a meditation on the complexities of taste and eating issues gets lost as the edgy appetite sapping wood is swamped by an excess of sweet caramel.

There's a mildly surprising twist that leads to a drydown of orange inflected woods, which is ok, but between the first act and the finalé of this teenage Samsara there lies a long boring interlude and a missed opportunity.

***
02nd March, 2017 (last edited: 18th March, 2017)
Another niche scent I don't really understand. The stated notes are davana (artemesia), rum; warm milk, guaiac wood, tonka; cedar, vetiver, amyris (balsamic).

Some of these notes are prominant from the very beginning; in fact, the astringency of the davana, the creaminess from whatever is providing "warm milk", and the intoxicating aspect of what seems like a high abv rum call to mind nothing as much as calamine lotion. I'm in two minds as to whether to wear this or apply it to my foot blister. If I ever get itching on my pulse points, I'm in luck.

I was hoping that this would be a temporary effect, and that PS would dry down to a creamy rendition of balsamic woods or some such. In fact, this is what happens - on exposed skin at least - but it takes such an inordinate time to get there that it has only just escaped a negative rating. Eventually, everything comes together to create a not-displeasing effect; the kind of thing that is redolent of the rounded sandalwood of Davidoff's Silver Shadow (and a thousand others) but rather more complex. However, the spray to my chest ends up with a smoky effect probably drawn from the amyris and perhaps vetiver - eliciting the kind of squinting that is normally reserved for an eyeful of smoke from a barbecue, or perhaps a good glug of that rum.

So, interesting, not without merit, but for me it's a long way past that initial medicinal effect.
11th August, 2016

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