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I also belong to the scarce group of fans of this Lutens. Definitely not one of this houseīs biggest crowdpleasers. But Santal Blanc is such a pleasant wear!
It sort of shares some qualities with L'Artisans Bois farine, both have a dry, almost flourlike accord. The Lutens however is seriously complimented by cinnamon, pepper and other balsamic ingredients. The sandalwood isnīt a standard one (obviously) but instead a lighter, mellow one. Drier than the creamy variations found in for instance Trumperīs. But after all this is a Lutens fragrance, and thereīs plenty of sweetness in there balancing the dry, blonde sandalwood. Thereīs no information about cumin being part of the pyramid but to my nose thereīs a clear cumin note as well, This might however be the fenugreek that other reviewers have mentioned. I suspect that it is this spicy edge that makes Santal Blanc an aquired taste. To me, as a whole, it is an amazing fragrance with so much going for it. Sillage might not be awesome, but longevity is - wonīt leave until you shower. Overall a cool and original winner from Serge!
26 December, 2007