Regarding sandalwood oil, steam distillation of the mysore wood results in a sweeter oil. The newer CO2 extraction method results in a more resinous oil, closer to the character of the wood yet still containing that distinct animalic tone of the oil. However there are so many parameters of control for the oil (age, environment, inherent adulterants, etc) that it can be maddening to keep up with what is what ..
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"The plant that you have in your home - have you ever truly looked at it? Have you allowed that familiar yet mysterious being we call a plant to teach you its secrets? Have you noticed how deeply peaceful it is? How it is surrounded by a field of stillness? The moment you become aware of a plant's emanation of stillness and peace, that plant becomes your teacher."
-- Eckhart Tolle
I find the accords Tam Dao projects to be very natural.
Dad is an old-style cabinet maker, the kind that can create a queen Anne chair by hand. I spent many childhood summers helping him out in his workshop, working with the fine timbers he utilised.
The only fragrance that comes close to replicating the smell of these fine woods is Tam Dao, so I'm baffled that posters have remarked on it smelling synthetic. If you've ever smelled rosewood or cedar while working on it I'm sure you'd know...
I'm not an expert on Sandalwood oil so I can't comment on how well Tam Dao implements that aspect and posters above have mentioned that better fragrances exist (in their opinion).
I am fan of this fragrance. Something you may not have tried is the combination with another Diptyque masterpiece, Philosykos. Although the simplicity and frugality of Tam Dao there isn't a downside for me, the above combination makes it more complicated