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    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp View Post
    For Tam Dao done right, check out Villoresi Sandalo .. its rosewood+cedar+lavender+wood combination creates more of a meditative aroma than Tam Dao.
    OO, that sounds good!!! I'm gonna have to save up some pennies. Actually, lots and lots of pennies.

    I love Tam Dao, and I guess that means I also like fairly straight sandalwood, not having had as much experience as you guys in that area. To me it's the kind of oriental exoticism that I really like. My little decant is nearly out - I hope I can find a Tam Dao decanter (or hater!) to replenish it! It does seem relatively short-lasting, maybe because it's "purer"?

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    ...I was wondering how some people felt about its longevity and sillage. I think I can still smell it, but hard to tell because I just finished off the tiny bit still left in my sample vial....Anyone have any thoughts on this?

    BTW, does anyone get vetiver in this, and does anyone know the pyramid for this....I can't find it anywhere.

    Also, anyone know of some other really good Diptyque scents to try while I'm at this store, you can check out my wardrobe to see what I like.

    Also, I was testing Santal Noble, I like it, but it has this old fashion mature vibe to it, I was looking for something a bit more modern, anyone have any suggestions for a good modern day Sandalwood scent?

    Thanks for any help.
    Tam Dao's longevity is average and very acceptable.

    I get no vetiver in Tam Dao, at all.

    I second the Diptyque recommendations that Ruggles listed above and add: L'Ombre dans L'Eau - quite a good rose scent, that has a tangy, candy note in it that I find addictive.

    For a VERY comprehensive sandalwood thread click here: http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=171844 I recommend Envy by Gucci and/or Santalum by Profumum (which is my favorite, but its way overpriced!)
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    Yes, TwoRoads, "muscs blancs" = white musks (plural)

    bois de rose, du brésil
    rosewood from brazil

    bois de santal, de Goa
    sandalwood from goa
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulSC View Post
    Yes, TwoRoads, "muscs blancs" = white musks (plural)

    rosewood from brazil

    sandalwood from goa
    Thanks PaulSC !

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    Thanks for the suggestions..I thought my post sounded a bit annoying so I didn't think I'd get too many responses, but thanks again...I also see about that I try Opone..sounds good too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell View Post
    It's a mostly synthetic scent, so I don't get the same satisfaction from it that I do from real sandalwood oil or high quality Indian attars, but it's still one of my favorites.
    I read on the Diptyque site..or somewhere else, they use 4% perfume oil and it's all natural essences...and no synthetics....so kinda strange....I think it smells very natural.
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    I still recommend tam dao. Even when I just want to smell it, I spray it into the air and it creates a very comfortable enviroment. The best sadalwood out there. My #2 choice would be santal noble which I find inferrior.

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    Tam Dao was one of my best blind buys ever.

    I had decided to be adventurous and buy either Tam Dao or Santal Noble unsniffed. It was a toss up. I loved Tam Dao right away. Later I got a sample of Santal Noble and was glad I didn't buy it. Not bad, but I found Tam Dao worlds better. I really like the rosewood note in Tam Dao. Also Tam Dao is so versatile. Beautiful packaging as well.

    I think I'll wear it to work tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    I agree that Tam Dao smells more of Cedar than sandalwood, as has been previously stated. For me Serge Lutens Santal de Mysore is tops.
    Ditto.

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    I'm wearing this again today, from a sample, and I'm seriously wondering why I don't own a bottle of this yet.

    It's sandalwood note peeks here and there out from underneath all of the wood notes, and it's extremely easy to wear in the heat. I have a supermarket discount cologne splash that is scented with sandalwood (that I paid $3 for a 200 ml bottle) and the feel of this fragrance reminds me of TD. Sheer, light, minimal, and simple eaux cologne style sandalwood. Not serious, austere or complex - but today, simple felt really good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I'm wearing this again today, from a sample, and I'm seriously wondering why I don't own a bottle of this yet.

    It's sandalwood note peeks here and there out from underneath all of the wood notes, and it's extremely easy to wear in the heat. I have a supermarket discount cologne splash that is scented with sandalwood (that I paid $3 for a 200 ml bottle) and the feel of this fragrance reminds me of TD. Sheer, light, minimal, and simple eaux cologne style sandalwood. Not serious, austere or complex - but today, simple felt really good.
    Tam Dao is good stuff.
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    It just feels right and I maintain that it is a smooth, very comforting fragrance that works well year around. I just may get another bottle since I ran out not long ago. Tam Dao and Hinoki are two woody fragrances that are must owns.
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    im not sure how many have actually sniffed sandalwood...as in, the wood in itself. Tam dao is a clear representaion of how the wood smells when pressed against/brought close to nose. scents like Santalum represent sandalwood oil and not the smell of the wood per se. all this based on the block of sandal-wood i have in my hand now Tam-dao is as good as it gets when it comes to sandalwood.

    Villoresi Sandalo is another scent which interprets the smell of sandalwood pretty well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    I have a supermarket discount cologne splash that is scented with sandalwood (that I paid $3 for a 200 ml bottle) and the feel of this fragrance reminds me of TD.
    For God's sake, tell us the name of it! Please!

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    I wanted to like TD, infact, when I first tested it, I enjoyed the scent. I thought to myself, "so this is what sandal wood is supposed to smell like!" My only other experiences with sandal wood is Original Santal (which I'm told smells nothing like real sandal wood) and MPG Santal Noble, which, to my nose, smells more ambery than like wood. The next day I gave it a full wearing...big mistake. I found myself surrounded by an inescapable cream puff of sweet woody aroma. It wasn't very strong, but the texture of the fragrance just didn't agree with me. I didn't enjoy it one bit.

    I'm hoping to revisit it after I get over that memory. Or maybe I'm just not compatible with sandal wood.

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    It smelt like playdoh on me. And even my mother, who seems to have completely opposite taste to me, and often never smells what I smell agreed. Pure playdoh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Advocate View Post
    For God's sake, tell us the name of it! Please!
    LOL

    It's just called Colonia Sandalo by Legitima brand (?). I'll post a picture of it when I get home. Nothing special, the bottle (with a screw off top) is plastic.
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    Funny this thread would get bumped. I had Tam Dao on as my SotD and I was left indifferent. I used to think differently about Tam Dao previously, but after yesterday's SotD experience [too sweet, cloying & harshly synthetic] -- I'd call it a pseudo sandalwood at best. I'm glad I don't own a bottle.

    Maybe a lighter application would help. I spritzed 6 times from my decant as I was traveling, otherwise the usual dose is about 3 sprays -- but the weather was much more favorable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amit View Post
    too sweet, cloying & harshly synthetic
    These symptoms sound like the product of overspraying rather than the frag itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sokkou View Post
    These symptoms sound like the product of overspraying rather than the frag itself.
    Disagree. I sprayed from a decant, that too not full sprays. It's probably the equivalent of 2 full sprays from the bottle -- and that's hardly overspraying. Maybe it wouldn't had gotten cloying if I had spritzed just twice from the decant, but then it wouldn't had lasted past 15-20 minutes as I was traveling [train/bus etc.

    Also, care to explain how would overspraying make any scent smell synthetic and too sweet?


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    It's a decent fragrance, but I find it too sharply synthetic to rate over any number very fine sandalwoods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indie_Guy View Post
    I think its minimalist/stripped nature actually makes it something that I don't get sick of.
    Amen to that.
    It's its very lineair nature which I find very appealing. The opening is a bit of a mess, but once it settles into that gorgeous creamy heart, I'm won over every time. For me Tam Dao is as much of a multitasker as I own: I consider it a work scent, a meditative scent, a free time scent AND a dress-up scent.

    Mikeperez: have you tried Ava Luxe no. 23, perchance? To me, it's VERY similar, only on the sweeter/gentler side. Less pine, more flowers, but only marginally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veuve amiot View Post
    Mikeperez: have you tried Ava Luxe no. 23, perchance? To me, it's VERY similar, only on the sweeter/gentler side. Less pine, more flowers, but only marginally.
    Yes, but it was a LONG time ago and I can't remember what it smelled like. Maybe next time I order something I'll ask for a sample. Nonetheless, I think I like TD so much I will be getting a decant soon.
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    Does anyone get a subtle Rose note in Tam Dao? I swear I smell a tiny bit of Rose in the middle development.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Yes, but it was a LONG time ago and I can't remember what it smelled like. Maybe next time I order something I'll ask for a sample. Nonetheless, I think I like TD so much I will be getting a decant soon.

    count me in as a Big time Tam Dao fan...if you liked TD, then may i suggest Villoresi Sandalo as well. for me, as i have always maintained, Tam Dao represents the smell of Sandalwood paste. In india tradional Hindu's use sandalwood paste as a part of prayer rituals. it's made by rubbing a block of sandalwood on marble with rose water added to create the paste (i find this very same accord in No. 88). Tam Dao smells just like that paste. whereas Villoresi Sandalo has a bit more "brown" feel to it with a tinge of sandalwood oil kind of resinous feel. openinsd accords are a bit soapy though, i guess thats the character of Sandalwood as a note...anyways, i'd regard both these creations as one of the best interpretations of Sandalwood...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    count me in as a Big time Tam Dao fan...if you liked TD, then may i suggest Villoresi Sandalo as well. for me, as i have always maintained, Tam Dao represents the smell of Sandalwood paste. In india tradional Hindu's use sandalwood paste as a part of prayer rituals. it's made by rubbing a block of sandalwood on marble with rose water added to create the paste (i find this very same accord in No. 88). Tam Dao smells just like that paste. whereas Villoresi Sandalo has a bit more "brown" feel to it with a tinge of sandalwood oil kind of resinous feel. openinsd accords are a bit soapy though, i guess thats the character of Sandalwood as a note...anyways, i'd regard both these creations as one of the best interpretations of Sandalwood...
    This is informative! Good post!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    count me in as a Big time Tam Dao fan...if you liked TD, then may i suggest Villoresi Sandalo as well. for me, as i have always maintained, Tam Dao represents the smell of Sandalwood paste. In india tradional Hindu's use sandalwood paste as a part of prayer rituals. it's made by rubbing a block of sandalwood on marble with rose water added to create the paste (i find this very same accord in No. 88). Tam Dao smells just like that paste. whereas Villoresi Sandalo has a bit more "brown" feel to it with a tinge of sandalwood oil kind of resinous feel. openinsd accords are a bit soapy though, i guess thats the character of Sandalwood as a note...anyways, i'd regard both these creations as one of the best interpretations of Sandalwood...
    Thanks for the accurate description jen. That resinous quality of LV is what I don't care for and I find Tam Dao much smoother and pleasant. The oil in LV has a gravity I seek and its longevity is superior to Tam Dao, but I just don't care for the scent itself.

    Tam Dao is something I really should get a bottle of. I have been procrastinating.

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    Default Re: Tam Dao = clean and polished sandalwood

    Quote Originally Posted by jenson View Post
    count me in as a Big time Tam Dao fan...if you liked TD, then may i suggest Villoresi Sandalo as well. for me, as i have always maintained, Tam Dao represents the smell of Sandalwood paste. In india tradional Hindu's use sandalwood paste as a part of prayer rituals. it's made by rubbing a block of sandalwood on marble with rose water added to create the paste (i find this very same accord in No. 88). Tam Dao smells just like that paste. whereas Villoresi Sandalo has a bit more "brown" feel to it with a tinge of sandalwood oil kind of resinous feel. openinsd accords are a bit soapy though, i guess thats the character of Sandalwood as a note...anyways, i'd regard both these creations as one of the best interpretations of Sandalwood...
    I don't why I haven't smelled the Villoresi one yet...too many scents, too little time I guess...
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    I've written about Villoresi Sandalo on previous threads too. It is indeed one of the better Sandalwood scents available on the market today. To me the soapy character of the Villoresi persists throughout the development of the fragrance, albeit subtly. Wearing it creates the olfactory equivalent of having bathed in a high quality sandalwood oil soap -- magnificent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    LOL

    It's just called Colonia Sandalo by Legitima brand (?). I'll post a picture of it when I get home. Nothing special, the bottle (with a screw off top) is plastic.
    Cool, thanks! Unfortunately it does not appear to be available on the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock_With_Scents View Post
    Does anyone get a subtle Rose note in Tam Dao? I swear I smell a tiny bit of Rose in the middle development.
    I get that too. I'm pretty sure that's the rosewood.

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