Originally Posted by StylinLA
Nuts. Test wearing MPG Santal Noble today. I've seen so much praise for this, had to try it.
I applied fairly heavily but can't smell a thing. Checked with a couple of people and it's definitely
there. And it is not "light" either I'm told.
So what's the deal? Am I just blind to this one? Frustrating.
This is common and happens with many fragrances. Another among many reasons why quick reviews are often highly inaccurate.
Smell it every day for the next week to ten days and see what happens. It will get stronger and stronger. Just another olfactory trip. The nose can smell more than ten thousand things and it often has to adjust receptor sites in order to do so. It can take well over a year or years to smell certain fragrances more completely, no matter how good your nose is, or how good a review makes it sound.
The newer Santal Noble uses mainly synthetic sandalwood and that in itself could throw you off. It's more of a pale, wood varnish smell than the complexity of real Mysore sandalwood or even the much simpler Australian varieties. It won't be long before they just go the lavender x cedar route to get the sandalwood smell. Santal Noble stopped using Mysore sandalwood in 97 or so.