An aromatic fusion of rosewood, lavender, vetiver and sandalwood though the sandalwood is wanting to my nose. Conspicuously in the minority, I don't enjoy Sandalo as much as others seem to, finding it sour and aggressively spicy.
Sandalo by Lorenzo Villoresi, 1995
Rated #326 in Fragrances
This is an exquisite rendition of the sandalwood idea. Somehow it manages to simultaneously project warmth, freshness, and exotica. It opens with a bright fresh note, then quickly transits to a lavender-laced woody presence. The dry vetiver adds a slight pungency to the exotic sandalwood. Frankly I have never liked any sandalwood fragrances until this. I would buy this and probably will. 5 stars out of 5.
I'm on the same page as The Good Life on Sandalo: this is my holy grail sandalwood. I don't find this unusually dry or aggressive a treatment of sandalwood. I smell the sharp, dry woody aspects of the note, but I also get the creamy, milky qualities usually attributed to Mysore sandalwood in this too. I suspect the milkiness comes from the Ebanol synthetic sandalwood, not Indian sandalwood, but who cares? Sandalo is the perfect sandalwood because it combines the sharp, creamy, rich and deep qualities of the various types of sandalwood all into one seamless whole. It is also great value for your dollar, since it projects well and lasts all day. A perfect score from me! MY RATING: 10/10
I have to agree with alfarom review. The issue I am having is I am looking for something similiar to Nautica Competition. Does Anyone here think Diptyque Tam Dao is better than this? I've yet to try it. I love Sandlewood. But not to overpowering.
When it comes to Villoresi, I can't count myself among the biggest fan of him and that is probably why I thoroughly enjoyed his controversial/polarizing Sandalo. With the exception of Piper Nigrum and, up to a certain point, Incensi, I find most of his fragrances to be too heavy and a bit cacophonic (not only during their openings). Sandalo is none of that. Don't get me wrong, this nothing subtle or restrained but it's incredibly addicting. Lavender and rosewood get the party started together with the usual herbal quality of most of the Villoresi's compositions. The fragrance immediately shows a dry character by introducing the main element of the whole composition: Sandalwood. Vetiver chime in to support the main note and together with rosewood gives birth to a nutty, sort of comforting/meditative drydown. Probably a tad too linear yet incredibly satisfying. Dry and smooth. Fantastic lasting power, good projection. A big winner.
From this moment on I think everyone needs to stop comparing this to Santal Noble. They share 1 thing in common, and that's sandalwood, and even that is not the same type of sandalwood smell (it's pretty similar, though). Sandalo and Santal Noble will ultimately fill two completely different roles if you have them both in your collection. You might like one and hate the other, and the comparison isn't fair to either. Sandalo is actually pretty fresh. It seems like it would be perfect for Spring. That note pyramid is pretty spot on, and the balance of it is damn near perfect. You can smell everything separately, and yet the overall fragrance is greater than the sum of its parts. The balance is so perfect, in fact, that I honestly don't think this should be named Sandalo. But it is, and the sandalwood that is present is buttery and delicious.
The best sandalwood fragrance I've ever smelled is Creed's discontinued Bois de Santal, but the best extant sandalwood is surely Lorenzo Villoresi's brilliant Sandalo. His creations tend by hectic and brash--finally settling after several minutes. Sandalo has some of that though it quite smooth and old-fashioned compared to most of what's out there now. Sandalo is a woody oriental based around synthetic sandalwood (along with Australian perhaps), which is adeptly navigated by natural rosewood, which is sour, sharp, medicinal, and resinous. The opening is aromatic with lavender and exotic spices and floral heart of perhaps jasmine, rose, and carnation. The base consists of sandal, rosewood, tonka bean, and Villoresi's signature resin. If you crave sandalwood, this is the best one still available--but for how long no one knows.
It's now four hours since I first applied Sandalo. At first the opening was a bit sour and spicy. Then something else crept through which wasn't incense or sandalwood but i wish it would have been. I remembered thinking, by way of contrast, how much better MPG Santal Noble was--but that was in 2005 and I've heard it's been reformulated into a watered down shadow of its former self. Some two hours later I was driving my, as pluran would say, female companion; when she tactfully observed : ' You smell like F****** Onions! My God that's GROSS! Open the windows! " I remembered thinking, by way of contrast, how much I missed my cats. Be that as it may, I'm 100% in agreement with Off-Center here. Where the hell is the sandalwood, anyway? Not Lorenzo's finest hour.
I find myself agreeing with all the reviewers below, positive, negative and neutral. Everytime I wear Sandalo the result is different, some times harsh and crass at other times divine, how much I put on does have an effect, too much and it's "Whoa, easy there big boy!" But when I get it right it's delight. There are far better noses than mine to describe the scent itself so I will only add that while I give this a thumbs up, Santal Noble is still King of the Mountain for me.
SANDALO opens in the typically aromatic Villoresi style, with lavender adding more than a hint of soapiness to the citric facets. A shade of roundness from the rose is all I got but what seems pervasive right into the dry down is a dry, somewhat synthetic wood that does not smell much like any sandalwood I have previously encountered. Perhaps it's just my skin but sillage is weak and lasting power is no better. I'm afraid this one fails to hang around long enough to hold my attention, much less impress. Not a bad skin scent though if that's your thing. Notes: rosewood, lavender, petitgrain, orange, lemon, labdanum, Bulgarian rose, neroli, sandalwood, vetiver, amber, opoponax, oakmoss.
Sandalo by Lorenzo Villoresi, 1995
|Top Notes||Lavender, Rosewood, Petitgrain|
|Middle Notes||Labdanum, Rose, Neroli, Sandalwood|
|Base Notes||Sandalwood, Vetiver, Patchouli, Musk|
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