This is a soft floral over a faint sandalwood. The soft floral, osmanthus, always reminds me of tea fragrances. And there is the faint "perfumy" smell that I don't care for. If ever there was a pleasant enough fragrance, this would be one. But just don't have your expectations too high, especially if you are looking for sandalwood. Wear it in summer, where the softness can be more appreciated.
Bois De Santal by Keiko Mecheri, 200
Rated #5246 in Fragrances
The listed notes for Bois de Santal are sandalwood, osmanthus and ambergris. I think a more realistic name for this fragrance would be Bois de Osmanthus because the peachy fuzzy textured floral note of osmanthus is mostly what I smell in this fragrance. The sandalwood blends effortlessly with osmanthus as they both have parallel types of scent patterns with sandalwood adding a dry wooden aspect. Ambergris adds strength to the base and a little warmth and depth. This floral wooded perfume would probably work best for a woman as it is a little lightly tuned and a bit too gentle for my taste. A nicely blended and enjoyable to smell fragrance, but wearing it is not for me.
What I remember best about sandalwood is the smooth butter-like note in its drydown. And this is what I detect underneath the cedar and a somewhat fleeting osmanthus. Strictly for sillage haters or fans of close-wearing skin scents, BOIS DE SANTAL is sheer enough to be the sandalwood fragrance equivalent to the Emperor's New Clothes. I kinda like it. But a little more projection certainly wouldn't hurt.
I do like the sandalwoood note and loved this immediately, but it does change quite quickly into a more sweetened ambery/floral mix. There is a little of the wood, which hangs on gallantly though and the drydown is lush. I am going to thumbs up, but the sillage is very poor although the longevity is good. It may need applying twice in a short time to get the diffusion required.
Sure smells like Sandalwood to me, and for quite a while. It actually smells like the incense used in the Jade Buddah Temple in Shanghai which I cannot get enough of. The last time I was in Shanghai was in 2005 and I am running out of the incense. Luckily I can still smell it by wearing this.
A funny little woody floral that's so sparse that it feels like a veil of translucent faux wood veneer. I find that the scent doesn't disappear but close to the skin and stays relatively the same i.e. no development. Not what I expected but not a pleasant surprise.
Beware of the name. I was fortunate enough of known this isn't really about Sandalwood before I tried it. Had I not known tha fact, I would have been utterly disappointed as I would have been expecting it to be a rendition of Sandalwood. This is a big mess up on Keiko Mecheri's part. This is a light floral with a not too musky and woody base. I do smell a bit of amber in there as well. A subtle floral for men that is perfect for summer.
In spite of its name, this is a floral fragrance. Ill have to agree with the reviewers that say there is very little sandalwood in Bios de Santal. On my skin the opening sandalwood accord lasts about four or five minutes, and its a pleasant sandalwood / osmanthus accord while it lasts, but thats pretty much all there is for the sandalwood. The experiment in placing the sandalwood in the opening would have worked better had the sandalwood lasted longer. When the scent carries the osmanthus from the now-sandalwoodless opening into the heart notes, there are again some wonderful things happeningfor just a minute or two. The transition from top to middle glitters but then quickly moves to a rather muted floral accord as the osmanthus very gradually loses its sparkle. The dry down is a subtle one that continues the floral and adds a bit of sweetness with tonka and amber. The dry down is quite smooth and pleasant and stays close to the skin. I think the scent is misnamed because the sandalwood is not the dominant note. Osmanthus is the star of this progression and it is nicely presentedit is a pleasant floral fragrance and has definite moments of excellence.
Reviews elsewhere say that Bois De Santal (BdS) doesnt contain any sandalwood. I say that it does. Atleast it does in the first 15 seconds or so.
BdS opens with a cedary sandalwood note (not unlike Tam Dao), which disintegrates fast. Its interesting to see the sandalwood note (which traditionally lingers at the basenotes) moved to the top of the notes pyramid. The accord smells quite woody - lots of cedar and a bit of sandalwood. Its all good, except for the fact that it evaporates inside 15 seconds. After that, the main accord of BdS appears - its a boozy smelling slightly sweet accord which reminds me of D'Orsays Le Dandy. Maybe its the result of the floral (osmanthus) and whale vomit (ambergris) notes. I like ambergris, but here with the osmanthus note it smells a little too "alcoholy". Longevity is a little over 4 hours, albeit in a discreet way (stays close to skin).
BdS contains a top note of cedary sandalwood which doesnt stay around long. I would have liked it to slowly make its way to the basenotes, lessening in intesity; this would have provided an interesting demonstration of the evolution of a sandalwood note. As it is, the name "Bois De Santal" isnt very fitting for this potion. "Bois De Booze" or "Bois De Osmanthus" is more apt - if you like your main accord heavy on osmanthus or alcohol, this might be worth a try. The problem is, many other fragrances do the sandalwood and the booze-accord thingy much better than BdS.
Bois De Santal by Keiko Mecheri, 200
By: Keiko Mecheri
|Notes||Sandalwood Mysore, Chinese Osmanthus, Ambergris|
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