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    I have been watching thread and I am just writing to contribute my opinion on Santal de Mysore. I love sandalwood and I have only known it in its "classic" versions. I own Santal Noble and have tried Tam Dao among other things. I also own and love SdM. I have never even come close to Mysore santalwood so I do not really know how true to it SdM is but I have to warn once more that SdM has NOTHING simillar to Tam Dao or SN. To my nose it is coconut curry. Beautiful scent but probably the most "difficult" scent I own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naxman View Post
    I can only find one chain store in the UK that stocks Tam Dao so I'll try to track it down. I'm even addicted to the cheap Mysore Sandalwood soap. Yes it does smell soapy and the scent doesn't last long but it's good for me. Not as good as Rogers & Gallet but I'm finding that more difficult to source (and it's also more expensive).

    When I first started work xx yeas ago, I worked for a charity that imported handicrafts from asia. One of the items were pens made from sandalwood (obviously someone had "added" additional perfume to them) I could spend hours in that area of the warehouse getting high on sandalwood.
    You should try Diptyque's Tam Dao shower gel. That stuff is in some ways better than the fragrance. If it wasn't $44, I would buy it so fast.
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    Nowadays, I prefer Santal Imperial by Creed. You get the sandalwood goodness without the hamster cage effect that some others seem to possess.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    I really enjoy the sandalwood present in the Chez Bond drydown, albeit mixed with with french vanilla a bit.

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    Has anyone here actually tried the Montale Santal de Mysore? I expect to when the split that I'm in finally fills up, but I've not seen it mentioned much anywhere. There is a single thread here at BN that really contained more speculation than actual, firsthand info. I'd be interested in hearing from someone who's actually smelled the stuff.

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    I'm still looking for my HG sandalwood fragrance. I recently tried Creed Santal Imperial. That definitely was not it - pretty boring and unspectacular IMO. So I will keep searching......
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    An extremely informative and very interesting thread. A real education in sandalwood fragrances. However, I must say:

    Tam Dao Has Got the Pow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TigerJuice View Post
    An extremely informative and very interesting thread. A real education in sandalwood fragrances. However, I must say:

    Tam Dao Has Got the Pow!

    Best,


    TJ
    I did read in a post by an esteemed basenoter that Tam Dao has been altered and the sandalwood in it is is not as prounounced and that it has probably been replaced with other 'woods'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gupts View Post
    I did read in a post by an esteemed basenoter that Tam Dao has been altered and the sandalwood in it is is not as prounounced and that it has probably been replaced with other 'woods'.
    Thanks gupts:

    I will always remember you for turning me on to Egoiste Cologne Concentree. How is everything going on down under?

    As far as Tam Dao, how extremely unfortunate. As we all know, there is a very strong propensity for houses to destroy great fragrances. I was actually at the Hermes boutique in Houston recently discussing Hermes fragrances with the resident and very French Hermes fragrance expert. She kept insisting that Bel Ami had never been reformulated and I was mistaken. Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    Nowadays, I prefer Santal Imperial by Creed. You get the sandalwood goodness without the hamster cage effect that some others seem to possess.
    That's it that's it!!! Hamster cage!! that the smell that's so often combined with Sandalwood in some fragrances and those are the notes I dislike.

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    I liked Santal Imperial as well when I tried it out a few weeks back. Simple- maybe Sandalwood is best that way. It's such a pleasant scent, why mess it up with other notes?

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    Joining this place could be a bad expensive move. I'm no expert on fragrances (the amount of spicy food I consume it's a miricle I can smell anything) but I know what I like when I smell it. I may be a "pleb" user/punter but I'm now on a mission to try some of the fragrances mentioned in this thread.
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    Well I purchased a botle of Tam Dao based on the comments here and I am not dissapointed. Trying to source some of these fragrances in the the UK is very difficult, if anyoune has any pointers about good UK suppliers or websites I'd be very grateful to hear from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naxman View Post
    Well I purchased a botle of Tam Dao based on the comments here and I am not dissapointed. Trying to source some of these fragrances in the the UK is very difficult, if anyoune has any pointers about good UK suppliers or websites I'd be very grateful to hear from them.
    www.heals.co.uk might be worth a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naxman View Post
    Trying to source some of these fragrances in the the UK is very difficult, if anyoune has any pointers about good UK suppliers or websites I'd be very grateful to hear from them.
    You might like to try Les Senteurs in London - check their site. I recently bought a 12ml bottle of Amouage Santal Attar from them. I have only worn it once but a considered first impression is that this smells and feels like a very authentic Sandalwood - not a pure oil, more of a 'base', but then again not far from a pure oil in that it is not a sandalwood belended perfume like many mentioned above.

    Of the ones mentioned I own and enjoy MPG Santal Noble / Villoresi Sandalo / Etro Sandalo. Can't comment on the others mentioned except for Tam Dao which is nice enough but I wouldn't buy it, and 10 Corso Como, which I love dearly but never considered a sandalwood - more of a vermouth with a plum somewhere nearby

    This Amouage seems to be the closest I have come across to the simple Mysore sandalwood oils that were so easy to find back in the 70s.

    Mind you, if you want authenticity you can buy an EDT of Mysore Santalum Alum with perfumer's alcohol from www.profumo.it. I was also lucky enough to receive a small vial of pure santalum alum to try and it was just as I remembered it. I once added a drop of the oil on my wrist with MPG Santal Noble and really enjoyed the enhanced experience . . . I'm sure a drop of the Amouage Attar could be used the same way with any of the various scents mentioned in the thread as an added basenote - I suspect it is deftly supported by some synthetics to prolong it a bit.

    I am also a sandalwood fan - after using essential oils in the 70s I switched to Crabtree & Evelyn Mysore Sandalwood EDT for a decade before it was reformulated. Thanks to the OP and others (over the years) who have contributed to this thread - it's a great pool of information.

    PS Jumping back in here (rather than bumping) to +1 PaulSC Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Sandalo Inspiritu which I just recently picked up.
    Last edited by mr. reasonable; 23rd August 2010 at 05:08 AM. Reason: PS

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    Many thanks to both of you for the tips. I'm well on my way to becoming an official sandalwood junkie

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    I tried Creed Santal this week, it was positively nasty. A high note of something like sweet cloying woods with a base of hamster cage.

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    Although not a single note santal fragrance, my favorite is Bois des Iles by Chanel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naxman View Post
    I tried Creed Santal this week, it was positively nasty. A high note of something like sweet cloying woods with a base of hamster cage.
    You must be talking about Original Santal because Santal Imperial isn't nasty at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naxman View Post
    I tried Creed Santal this week, it was positively nasty. A high note of something like sweet cloying woods with a base of hamster cage.
    This one?



    Don't let the name fool you.
    It's not a sandalwood fragrance.
    It's a synthetic sugary robitussin nightmare.

    Creed has 2 excellent real Sandalwood scents:
    Santal Imperial and Bois De Santal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DULLAH View Post
    This one?



    Don't let the name fool you.
    It's not a sandalwood fragrance.
    It's a synthetic sugary robitussin nightmare.

    Creed has 2 excellent real Sandalwood scents:
    Santal Imperial and Bois De Santal.
    I also see Angelique Encens as a sandalwood oriental. Although the topnotes are about herbal angelica and subtle incense, the drydown is all about sandalwood. My friend even mistook it for Bois des Isles.

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    bois de santal is my baby mama.

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    Thank goodness for that, it was this red bottle and your description as a "robitussin nightmare" is completely correct. I was in Harvey Nichols in Leeds and saw a Creed stand - I tried Santal and was disgusted I'll go back and look for Santal Imperial and Bois De Santal - Thank you all for pointing out my misapprehension. I've also ordered some decants from the USA to try:-

    •AbdesSalaam Attar Australian Sandalwood
    •Accord Parfait Boise (Heliotrope and Santal)
    •Diptyque Tam Dao
    •i Profumi di FIrenze Sandalo Indiano
    •Keiko Mecheri Bois de Santal
    •Lorenzo Villoresi Sandalo
    •Pacifica Sandalwood
    •Roberto Cavalli Oro
    •Serge Lutens Santal Blanc

    So no doubt I'll be back with my comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azsmells View Post
    You must be talking about Original Santal because Santal Imperial isn't nasty at all.
    I'm off to find the Creed real sandalwood scents

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    Santal Noble (the vintage bottle, albeit the non-vintage juice is still gorgeous). I own both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naxman View Post
    Thank goodness for that, it was this red bottle and your description as a "robitussin nightmare" is completely correct. I was in Harvey Nichols in Leeds and saw a Creed stand - I tried Santal and was disgusted I'll go back and look for Santal Imperial and Bois De Santal -
    You may have to purchase Bois de Santa from a decanter, since I believe it is Currently one of Creed's Vault scents. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Yes you may be right, I went to the Harvey Nichols store in Leeds (my nearest stockists of Creed) They had neither of the Sandalwood fragrances.

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    I'm still searching for more sandalwood choices - this morning's wearing of Bois des Iles refreshed my memory on how much I really enjoy wearing sandalwood fragrances, but somehow it just doesn't scratch that itch as much as I want it to.

    I've been mildly interested, during various times, in Tam Dao and the Art of Shaving Sandalwood, but I never felt the need to spring for a full bottle of either. And I really enjoy Santalum by Profumum, but it is so sweet & heavy, I need something a bit lighter for Miami's warm weather...the Profumum I only wear a couple months out of the year.
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    By coincidence I wore Etro Sandalo today. I don't often reach for the bottle, but it was a perfect choice for working at home on a cool, dry coastal California day. When it gets hotter I find the Etro a bit heady and prefer DSH Sandalo Inspiritu.*

    The latter, incidentally has just been discontinued. My impression is that it was one of the more popular men's scents in the line, so I take its discontinuation to mean that it contains true Mysore sandalwood, which has become so difficult to source (although this is only speculation, reinforced by comparison with a small vial of the pure oil). Anyway the good news is that the remaining stock is discounted. For instance a 0.25 oz purse spray is now $27...

    *I wouldn't call Sandalo Inspiritu "light" by any means, but it is relatively dry and works well on a hot day IMO.
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