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    Hi guys,

    I bought some sandalwood-incense last week and I really like the scent. I was thinking about hitting the stores this afternoon in search of something sandalo-based. Can anyone name me some non-niche fragrances (I'm on a smaller budget this month) which I definately have to sample? Thanks a lot!

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    Chanel Allure.

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    Maybe you can find Cuiron at a discount now... Another one which is heavy on the sandalwood (pure sandalwood to my nose) is Dorissima's Narziß, but is rather expensive. Try to sample it though: http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/detail.asp?itemid=26601

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    Adolfo Dominguez Sandalo

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    The Art of Shaving Sandalwood is still my favorite. Available at Nordstroms and other fine stores near you.

    There are other nice sandalwood based fragrances, but they tend to be more expensive, and less purely sandalwood.
    I always recommend that folks go to the Art of Shaving website and request samples. They are usually pretty generous.

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    Tricorn from Caswell-Massey is great. They also have one called Sandalwood but I haven't tried that one.

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    Guerlain Samsara is prominently sandalwood based. Geo Trumper's is usually reasonably priced as well.
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    Sandalwood by Elizabeth Arden
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    yardley santal cheap and cherfull and great quality

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    My favorite sandalwood-based scents, in order of top to bottom

    1. Sandalwood - Art of Shaving (My top-of-the list favorite. The best quality sandalwood; smooth as buttah! And the longest lasting to boot. It's just plain delicious.)
    2. Sandalo - Lorenzo Villoresi (This one is a fragrance chameleon in the manner of Piper Nigrum only with sandalwood as the locus as opposed to pepper. Strong and long lasting.)
    3. Sandalo by Etro (Smooth, strong and long lasting)
    4. Santal Noble - Maître Parfumeur et Gantier (A greener version of the usual sandalwood. Unmistakable MPG accord)
    5. Santal de Mysore - Serge Lutens (the weirdest of the lot. Not my favorite but fun every now and then. Very "SL&quot
    6. Santal - Fragonard (sandalwood with a lemon top and tobacco bottom. It's OK but not long lasting on me.)
    7. Santal - Floris (a solid, high quality sandalwood but a bit light on me. Disappears in an hour)
    Sandalwood - Cologne by Geo F Trumper (nice but perhaps a bit too refined {"British?"}. Still I wear it sometimes, when I am trying to be a silly old git.)

    I hesitate to add Santal Impérial - Creed to the above list. I own it. It's ok. It doesn't curl my toes. I holds no mystery. Creed's never do, at least not for me. I never hardly ever spritz it. I should sell it...

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    I concur on LV Sandalo and MPG Santal Noble as being great sandalwood-focused fragrances. I consider Santal Noble as one of the greatest fragrances ever made, but unfortunately it's not very versatile, IMHO.

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    Sandalwood + small budget = Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coleman
    Sandalwood + small budget = Grey Flannel by Geoffrey Beene.
    I agree. The drydown is very "sandalwoody". You just have to get passed the initial floral note and sharp opening.

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    Thanks for the reply's!

    I'm going to take some of them into consideration but I think I'll pass the Grey Flannel ;D

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    Here are some sandalwood colognes I know of;

    Santal Noble (MPG) ; Sandalwood-flavored ambergris. Syrupy sweet amber with subtle yet noble sandalwood... For amber-lovers, IMO

    Le Boise (Ginestet) ; Sandalwood + Frankinsence. Very holy smell, reminding you of Passage d'Enfer (L'Artisan) or Kyoto, but more sandalwood than frankinsence...

    Tam Dao (Diptyque) ; Cedar + Exotic sandalwood. The sharp top by cedar with sensual sandalwood base. My favorites. Very unisex.

    Bois de Santal (Keiko Mecheri) ; Keiko appears to have forgotten to out sandalwood in it, and all you can smell is white osmanthus blossoms.

    Sandalo (Etro) : Sandalwood + Frankinsence + Myrrhe. Eau de Cologne concentration, therefore kind of ethereal. To my nose, the myrrh stinks like fungal infection between toes.

    Magnetism (Escada) ; The top is grape-flavored cough syrup, but the base is sandalwood and, in combination with some aphrodisiac peppers, it has a very subtle, yet long-lasting sensual base.

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    Have to hit this ball again, because I mentioned it earlier, but I am extremely satisfied with Sonoma Scent Studio Sanctuary Pour Homme. Of course this is only for the straight-up santal lover, being as potent as tiger's breath. The drydown, which lasts until you do laundry or take a shower, is a resinous cocktail of frankincense, myrrh, and incense.

    Best of all, it's like $17.00 for half an ounce. Can't go wrong, and you can also get a sample for a dollar or two.
    http://www.sonomascentstudio.com

    I also like Santal Noble, but occasionally that coffee note is bothersome and too sweet, like coconut, and a bit woozy to/on me.

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    MPG Santal Noble and Tam Dao are on the top of my list. Both are finely made sandalwood-based scents....classics!!! Floris Santal is also good, but a healthy bit of sweetness....good if you like that.

    I'm looking fwd to sampling Creed Original Santal...hoping that my local Nieman's acquires it soon!

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    Crabtree & Evelyn has a GREAT sandalwood cologne. And...if you're on a budget, the original Curve is a great sandalwood/amber frag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griff
    My favorite sandalwood-based scents, in order of top to bottom

    1. Sandalwood - Art of Shaving (My top-of-the list favorite. The best quality sandalwood; smooth as buttah! And the longest lasting to boot. It's just plain delicious.)
    2. Sandalo - Lorenzo Villoresi (This one is a fragrance chameleon in the manner of Piper Nigrum only with sandalwood as the locus as opposed to pepper. Strong and long lasting.)
    3. Sandalo by Etro *(Smooth, strong and long lasting)
    4. Santal Noble - Maître Parfumeur et Gantier *(A greener version of the usual sandalwood. Unmistakable MPG accord)
    5. Santal de Mysore - Serge Lutens (the weirdest of the lot. Not my favorite but fun every now and then. Very "SL&quot
    6. Santal - Fragonard (sandalwood with a lemon top and tobacco bottom. It's OK but not long lasting on me.)
    7. Santal - Floris (a solid, high quality sandalwood but a bit light on me. Disappears in an hour)
    Sandalwood - Cologne by Geo F Trumper (nice but perhaps a bit too refined {"British?"}. Still I wear it sometimes, when I am trying to be a silly old git.)

    I hesitate to add Santal Impérial - Creed to the above list. I own it. It's ok. It doesn't curl my toes. I holds no mystery. Creed's never do, at least not for me. I never hardly ever spritz it. I should sell it...

    Griff
    I tried some samples/decants of sandalwood-themed fragrances. These are my impressions (with my ordinary nose)

    Santal (L'Artisan) : It smells great. But initially, the prominent note is pretty much fresh citrus. It almost reminded me of the lemon-ish sharpness of Eau d'Hadrien. I patiently waited for sandalwood, but the more I waited, the more note of what appeared to be vetiver came up (correct me if I wrong). I can detect sandalwood somewhere in its base, but I don't think it's the main ingredient of this fragrance. Nice scent, though.....

    Santal Imperial (Creed) : Very creed-ish. There's sandalwood in its base. But the typical "creedish neroli" is dominant here. I would like to take it as "sandalwood-flavored neroli". Those who love Neroli Sauvage may like this one, though.

    Sandalo (Lorenzo Villoresi) : Wow, it's beautiful. Sandalwood in its base is very prominent and exotic. But I just wonder what's in its top/middle. According to some info on the basenotes, it says rosewood. Is that what it is? Something adds richness and volume to sandalwood and it almost smells like cloves to my (again, not-professionally-trained) nose..... The drydown is beautiful sandalwood. I love it.

    Santal Noble (MPG) : All the basenotes know this one already, but let me comment anyway. The top appears to be a passionate battle between coarse cedarwood (very lumbar-ish and cedar-chest-ish) and syrupy ambergris. Very strong initially, and then sandalwood starts to creep up little by little. The drydown is sandalwood-dominant with remnant of ambergris and cedarwood. Personally, this drydown is heavenly and what I can die for!

    Tam Dao (Duptyque) : I actually used to think it was cedar, but one of the basenotes kindly corrected me on this. Sounds like it's cypress, not cedar. Anyway, very sharp woods come up. It's a bit cloying to my nose at this stage, but it eventually calms down. And the sandalwood gradually comes up. I don't know how they do this, but this sandalwood is just more beautiful than the ones used in any other fragrance. It's not aromatic beauty, but more like Buddhistic beauty. Very holy scent. Kind of spiritual experience which makes you want to meditate or something. The drydown is heavenly.

    10 Corso Como : This one is very similar to Tam Dao in terms of the sandalwood part. But its top note is plum. It's kind of like the ripe plums you get in Femme (Rochas). Very ripe to the point that it smells like "mature femininity". The base is beautiful sandalwood. Some women may pull this off nicely. But I personally find it hard for me to wear it.....

    Sandalo (Etro) :[ch12288]It's a great sandalwood fragrance. But just because it's of eau-de-cologne concentration, *the scent is somewhat thinner than other sandalwood fragrances. Probably, I should call it one of the standard sandalwood colognes, but just personally, I dislike the myrrhe used in it. It's just a personal preference and opinion but myrrhe, to me, smells a bit like tinea pedis (fungal infection between toes). Apologize to those who love this cologne, in advance....

    Santal Blanc (Serge Lutens) : Is it benzoin? I have no idea, but it smells very sweet, creamy and milky to the point it feels "sticky". I can detect sandalwood in it, but is there musk as well? Something else feminine is much more dominant than sandalwood, which only ends up giving a powedery quality to it. It's Blanc, but not really Santal....

    .... to be continued

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    Great review Vibrant_Violet !

    May I ask you to include as well (if possible) Floris Sandalwood, AoS Sandalwood, Santal Fragonard and Trumpers Sandalwood ?

    I 'd love to hear your opinions on those.
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    In the meantime, I have obtained a sample of Trumpers' Sandalwood. I'll let you know if I've tested it!

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    I haven't tried Santal/Sandalwood (Floris), Sandalwood (AoS), Santal (Fragonard) or Sandalwood (Trumpers) yet. I especially heard great things about Trumpers and am very curious to find out how good it is. Anyway, I will definitely continue my sandalwood "research" and keep everyone poseted.

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    I expect to receive a bottle of Trumper's Sandalwood in two days.... I really hope it is indeed as good as all those exciting reviews. :
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    I received my Trumper's sample this past weekend, and I'm wearing Sandalwood today. At first I didn't like it. And then it toned down and I started to like it. And then I started to become wild about it (and wondered what I was thinking this morning, when I didn't like it). Very masculine and complex, and VERY long lasting.

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    I finally received sample packages from Trumper. Wow. They're very generous, aren't they? I open the vials with high expectations, expecially for the Sandalwood Cologne..... Well, I do not know the exact difference among various species of sandalwood. But my first impression was "very oriental!". It's different from the eucalyptus-y Sandalwood Cologne (The Art of Shaving), which smells very clean and medicinal. It's obviously not like Tam Dao (Diptyque), which starts out with sharp cypress and eventually changes into the core combination of sensual cumin and beautiful sandalwood (which makes you want to make love and meditate at the same time). Based on all the remarks on Trumper on this forum, I had been expecting Trumper sandalwood to be something straightforward and positively one-dimentional. Instead, I'm almost perplexed by the complexity of the scent, which smells like what eau-de-cologne versions of Coco (Chanel) and Mure et Musc (L'Artisan) would smell like. Again, some might say this is a different kind (species) of sandalwood, but it did not impress me much. To my nose, it's very far from the word "pure sandalwood"....

    So far, I have tried Santal (L'Artisan), Santal Imperial (Creed) , Sandalo (Lorenzo Villoresi), Santal Noble (MPG) , Tam Dao (Duptyque), 10 Corso Como, Sandalo (Etro), and Santal Blanc (Serge Lutens). My next (and almost final) target is Sandalwood (Floris). I ordered a bottle severel days ago. As Sandalwood (one of the basenoters) kindly told me, Santal, on the other hand, was not impressive at all from a sandalwood standpoint. It's lavender woody (and very pleasantly masculine), but my nose failed to detect sandalwood anywhere in it. My expectation level for Sandalwood, instead, is "extremely high" at this point.

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    The new Guerlain Vetiver has a strong sandalwood note, don't you guys think so?

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    Sandalwood is one my favorite notes and i own numerous (just click on my wardrobe) sandalwood based fragrances. I also own a small amount of Mysore sandalwood oil.

    That being said,with the exception of SL's Santal Blanc,Trumpers Sandalwood is the most complex of all the sandalwoods i own. It has a very long dry down. But after the multiple layers in the top and middle notes,the base of TS has one of the purest Mysore S. notes ever i have ever smelled.

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    Hi Jeff;

    I think I know what you mean by the purest mysore sandalwood. Almost 4-5 hours after applying Trumper on my skin (sort of when I'd even forgotten applying it on my skin), I finally noticed this pure sandalwood note coming up from my wrist. It's truly beautiful as you said. But again, the top-middle note of this fragrance is so crowded that it just keeps reminding me of Coco (Chanel)..... Is there any fragrance which just has this beautiful mysore sandalwood, without this Coco note? Or might I just as well go for sandalwood oil? The followings are the sandalwoods I've tried so far. At this point, my favorite is Tam Dao. I just like the combination of cumin and sandalwood. Do you have any others you can recommend in terms of beautiful sandalwood? I would truly appreciate your advice, because I feel like I'm "stuck" and "lost" in my journey looking for ideal sandalwood, at this point. Thanks!

    Santal (L'Artisan), Santal Imperial (Creed), Sandalo (Lorenzo Villoresi), Santal Noble (MPG), Tam Dao (Duptyque), 10 Corso Como, Sandalo (Etro), Sandalwood (Crabtree&Evelyn), Santal Blanc (Serge Lutens), Santal (Floris), Sandalwood (Floris), Sandalwood (Trumper) and Sandalwood (The Art of Shaving).

    P.S. *Did you ever try an IUNX fragrance called L'Ether? I heard that this one had nice sandalwood also, though I've never tried.




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