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Thread: Best Sandalwood
my favourites: Body Shop's Samarkand and the Art of Shaving's Sandalwood (in the drydown)...
Bois des Iles Chanel
my current top five (always in transition)
Dior Eau Noire
HdP 1725 Casanova
eau de gloire parfum d'empire
Dia man Amouage
comme des garçons man 2
Cosaque by Galimard
Tam Dao and the Sandalwood in Egoiste.
The Art Of Shaving wins hands down.
MPG's Santal Noble!
"Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each!" - Henry David Thoreau
If you want pure sandalwood you go with Tam Dao. If you want the best sandalwood fragrance you go with Santal Noble.
My current top ten:
1. Oud Wood
2. Spice and Wood
4. Pure Malt
5. Tonka Imperial
6. Dior Homme
7. Epic Man
8. L'air Du Desert Marocain
9. Noir de Noir
10. Terre D'Hermes
That "Creed note" you picked up is an accord that, as far as I can smell, is used as the base for every one of their frags. It consists mostly of Ambergris. Creed is the most overrated fragrance house today. The sickly sweet whale butt note is the only thing I can smell in any of their juice, except green Irish tweed, which I own.
Call it a room spray, but Tam Dao is my signature, and I get daily complements on it. Even reformulated it is awesome.
Egoiste vintage preferably, Amouage Sandal Attar are good, but my fav still has & is MPeG's Santal Noble - have been eyeing a vintage version, might end up spending the $ to get the beauty soon...
I've been enjoying LeLabo's Santal 33 lately. It took a while, but I've grown to like it quite a bit. That's my favorite sandalwood right now; not because it is more accurate to Mysore Sandalwood, nobody really knows what that is anymore, but I just like how the blend smells.
My favourite - Cauvery Handicrafts Mysore Sandalwood Attar (both varities) a tola costs less than $5 and its kind of 'thin' but wet and lasts for only about 3-4 hours but awesome specially on a breezy day!
Yes they probably used a tiny, tiny bit of original mysore sandalwood oil, and that too not anything high quality but for the price its awesome...very calm and soothing and a little of that soapy sandalwood smell and decent projection.
My favourite is to apply a lot of that attar and then go for a ride on a bus or car with windows open...basically anywhere the breeze has a chance to blow and lift the scent molecules...for me is is a comfort scent very nice on the evening's after a hectic day at work.
Got to try a bottle of the MPG Santal Noble, have high hopes for that.
P.S. anybody knows where I can buy some Le Labor perfumes for shipping to India? Their international site is unfortunately not able to ship spirit based perfumes to my country only the oil based ones :-( no idea if the oils are more similar to attars or more like body oils ?
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Best of all time was a 1920s extract I smelled. Second best is Creed Bois de Santal. Best extant sandalwood is Villoresi's Sandalo.
Laboratorio Olfattivo Cozumel.a smooth, warm, rich samdalwood that is everything I've wanted from that note. Like the Oud Wood of santal.
Profumum Santalum is awesome juice.
The best sandalwood I have smelled outside Japanese incense is Vintage Extract Of Mysore Sandalwood by Crabtree & Evelyn. I managed to get a rare bottle of this off ebay and it smells wonderful . It has a soft buttery sandalwood smell and though it's linear I find it addictive and really like to spray myself all over when I wear this one. Lovely.
Last edited by Jack Hunter; 11th March 2014 at 02:23 PM.
My favourite would have to be Villoresi's Sandalo having gone on a very long journey to find the ultimate Sandalwood scent. If this ever gets reformulated, I would get annoyed beyond belief.
That said, Santal Noble is a very respectable one too, as is Tam Dao (although the cedar in that is a bit annoying). There are many more as well.
Current UK sales: Lorenzo Villoresi Garofano
Tam Dao EDT is still basically a cedar wood but their recent Tam Dao EDP is an exceptionally good rendition of what Mysore Sandalwood actually smells like. I hope they rework the EDT - I believe it was better when it was launched and then progressively degenerated into what is out there now.
Now that the Oz harvest of Santalum Album is commercially available I would love to see some personal favorites like MPG (Santal Noble), Villoresi (Sandalo), Guerlain (Samsara) et al reformulated back to their full potential, more like the way they started out when Mysore was still available . . . these could all be improved with a slug of the real thing
Can't say for sure, rum. It's certainly possible and I enjoy it (wore it just a few nights ago) but after the opening it settles pretty quickly into a very mild accord that feels quite transparent to me so if he is still working with a stash of the old stuff then my guess would be that it's fairly thinly spread. That's not to say it isn't there BUT, like several 'sandalwood' fragrances that people like, it's the opening has that sandalwood hit, not the back end. In actual fact, it's after the first 15 - 30 minutes or so that sandalwood really reveals itself - the oil has an opening that some find unpleasant (a bit too buttery, almost greasy) so I am not so persuaded by a glorious opening. Will try to return to this discussion - leaving the office now
I think it was in the Les Senteurs store that I got into a discussion and the rep told me this one (Villoresi) and Dries van Noten by Malle are currently the only things on the market (perhaps that they sell) that contain the 'real thing'.
In any case, it certainly smells very authentic although Villoresi has cleverly thrown in rosewood and opoponax (sweet myrrh) to enhance it. I get a lot of these other notes in the opening. I quite agree though, the Sandalwood note doesn't last as much, but it lingers on clothes quite a bit. I only wish I could have got a larger bottle of this stuff, rather than the tiny 50ml - I find I tend to over-spray it quite a bit so that I can get it to last. Seems to work.
I think you also have a good point about the buttery feel of the note. My parents for one can't stand it, although my father loved the note blended in other perfumes.
Just got home and blasted some on for a revisit Beautiful, and no discordant synth notes in sight - there's no overt sandalwood but it's such a seamless piece of work that it wouldn't surprise me if it's there as a subtle player. Will spend more time with this. I love his work, esp.Uomo, Colonia and the weird and wonderful Yerbamate. I met him 2 years ago in Shanghai and we talked about a lot of things but never got onto the Mysore discussion.
I love Dries van Noten (my SOTD) and Olivia Giacobetti's recent L'Arbre (IUNX) is a great, simple (and pricy) EDC rendition of mysore with a hint of immortelle (I think) to hold it steady for the first few minutes. Tam Dao EDP is really nice too . . . things are definitely looking up!
I don't know if it's the best one, but Iunx L'Arbre is a delicious minimalistic take on it - since the first minutes you get woody, salty and creamy nuances of mysore sandalwood mixed, i think, with some good synthetics to support it. I'm wearing this one today and i really enjoy its sophisticated subtle ellegance.
My favorite sandalwood is still MPG Santal Noble, but I prefer it during the cooler seasons.
For spring and summer, I'm a big fan of The Art of Shaving Sandalwood. I like it so much that I even bought the shaving cream and aftershave balm.