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    Default Which Sandalo ... Etro or Lorenzo Villoresi?

    I was thisclose to purchasing LV Sandalo when I noticed in the directory that Etro's Sandalo has 17 positives 1 neutral and 0 negative reviews. I've never sniffed it but would this be a better option than LV's? I'm also considering that the Etro is about half the price of the LV.

    For those that have sniffed both, which do you prefer?

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    Default Re: Which Sandalo ... Etro or Lorenzo Villoresi?

    Love the Etro, it is creamy and natural smelling, not too harsh. However it is only EDC strength and longevity.

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    Default Re: Which Sandalo ... Etro or Lorenzo Villoresi?

    I'm interested in the responses to this question, as I've been hearing a lot of good things about both also. Hmm...
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    I'll have to dig through samples this weekend and try the LV again but I can say something about Etro. A very true and satisfying sandalwood note fleshed out with a good deal of what I think is myrrh and a bit of amber. A well-healed hippy sandalwood, warmer and less austere than Tam Dao, not leaning towards gourmand like Santal Noble.

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    I've sampled many sandalwood frags in my search for The One, but I must say that none of them could give me the same instant effect of serenity and upliftment as real Mysore sandalwood oil. After having tried it extensively I don't think I could ever go back to wearing Etro, LV or Diptyque.

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    Post Re: Which Sandalo ... Etro or Lorenzo Villoresi?

    Etro Sandalo in my opinion is a more linear Sandalwood. Smooth nothing harsh about this one,and the Sandlewood is a bit sweeter. On the other hand Sandalo by Villoresi has more goin on than just Sandalwood, now that's not a bad thing by any means, just a difference in a perfumers interpertation of a fragrance.Which is better? It's all in the eye of the beholder. I own, and wear both, and to choose just one would be tough. Sample both, and form your own opinion.
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    i would opt for LV Sandalo, anyday. theres something very brash about the Etro...i cudnt get past the decant.

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    I like the more polished sandalwood creations. Villoresi is one I detest. There's not many sandalwoods that I abhor , but LV is juice I just cannot wear. I find it very crude.

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    No contest to me. Etro's is a nice sweet woody oriental, a good casual wear, the sandalwood is similar to that in CM Tricorn and it's entirely synthetic and really not even close to the smell of real sandalwood. At a certain point in the drydown it gets a bit plasticky-playdoh like, as do many Etros. LV Sandalo is more complex, challenging, and a brilliant meditation on Far Eastern spirituality from a Western perspective. The sandalwood notes are truer and beautifully blended with rosewood and other finer spices than Etro can offer them. Two very different styles, but LV is easily worth the higher price.
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    I kind of like both and it'll be hard for me to choose between the two. However, if I must pick one, then it's going to be LV's version. I love the LV for it's opulence.. its just perfect.


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    Default Re: Which Sandalo ... Etro or Lorenzo Villoresi?

    Lol, thanks for the responses guys ... now I'm more confused than ever (just kidding) Guess I'm going to have to find a sample of the Etro somewhere (do any retailer like Neimans carry this line?)

    I do like the LV (somewhat) after getting a decant off ebay ... but there's just something about it that I can't get past. I wore Santal Noble for the longest time but actually went from love to hate with it which I just can't explain. I can't even stand the smell of it now. I like the sound of "linear" with the Etro since I never could really understand the point of why perfumers use topnotes that just fade away after a short time. The Etro might just be what I'm looking for.

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    Default Re: Which Sandalo ... Etro or Lorenzo Villoresi?

    Etro starts better, LV ends better. Etro will draw you in with its excellent sandalwood rendition at the beginning but it falls apart around the halfway mark, thanks in due to a cheap cedar note (is this Iso E Super again?). Cedar as a sandalwood adulterant can satisfy if of good quality (as in Santal Noble) but in Etro Sandalo its generic quality nearly spoils the fragrance.

    Villoresis' sandalwood note won't materialise till 30 mins in and its drier than Etros. LVs top and middle notes are heavy on rosewood which might bother some people but it does evoke the meditative eastern atmosphere better than Etros. I believe Lorenzo Villoresi has been slowly but gradually decreasing the sandalwood content in Sandalo to the point that its now more of a fragrance with a sandalwood note than a sandalwood dominant fragrance (his adulterant of choice being a good quality rosewood)...I would rename it Rosealo.
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    Default Re: Which Sandalo ... Etro or Lorenzo Villoresi?

    Bumping up this thread from 7 yrs back with the same Q....but as we all know over the years perfumes are diluted for blah blah reasons....so in the current formulation which one is a better quality / longivity / projection & a more realistic sandalwood.....my go to for this is Tam Dao EDP .....but I am also keen on one of these 2 ...
    Thanks in advance for your valuable inputs !

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    So far experienced the Etro fragrance (thus in no position to criticize/rate etc. the Villoresi one) and was quite pleased with this credible, quality rendition of a good sandalwood-dominated note

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    Default Re: Which Sandalo ... Etro or Lorenzo Villoresi?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    So far experienced the Etro fragrance (thus in no position to criticize/rate etc. the Villoresi one) and was quite pleased with this credible, quality rendition of a good sandalwood-dominated note
    Thanks Ken....I so very much wanted to hear good things on etro...as i have a chance to buy it blind in the current formulations but i was afraid of the reformulated juice .....I am aware that villoresi has an older sandalo & the current one is quite toned down....but was not really aware of any marked difference in the old and new versions.....& I read somewhere that even etro has gone through some reform but it's good to know that you found the current one quite good !

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    Default Re: Which Sandalo ... Etro or Lorenzo Villoresi?

    Personally thought the Etro was more pleasant of the two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Himalayan odyssey View Post
    Bumping up this thread from 7 yrs back with the same Q....but as we all know over the years perfumes are diluted for blah blah reasons....so in the current formulation which one is a better quality / longivity / projection & a more realistic sandalwood.....my go to for this is Tam Dao EDP .....but I am also keen on one of these 2 ...
    Thanks in advance for your valuable inputs !
    U should skip both as they are weak in strength & instead buy Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Santal Noble - which in the current version is way better than all others considered as sandalwood...
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    Default Re: Which Sandalo ... Etro or Lorenzo Villoresi?

    Quote Originally Posted by badarun View Post
    U should skip both as they are weak in strength & instead buy Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Santal Noble - which in the current version is way better than all others considered as sandalwood...
    Hmmmm....MPGs santal noble is hard to come by....I am unable to find it from some sources / online shops which can ship to India....but etro & Villoresi are comparatively easy for me to buy albeit blind buys !
    Thanks anyway

    Edit : btw hoe does santal noble compare to tam dao EDP which is my sandalwood reference scent !

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    Vintage Etro Sandolo (cranberry paisley box) is a great scent, as is the vintage Vetiver and Messe de Minuit. Vintage Ambra is nice, but I'd go for the other 3 mentioned first. These are all EDCs, but wear more like EDTs.

    Current Sandolo is nice (EDT concentration) but isn't as smooth as the vintage (black and white paisley box). I've never tried the Villoresi fragrance, so I'm hoping the comments of others steer you o the right direction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Himalayan odyssey View Post
    Hmmmm....MPGs santal noble is hard to come by....I am unable to find it from some sources / online shops which can ship to India....but etro & Villoresi are comparatively easy for me to buy albeit blind buys !
    Thanks anyway

    Edit : btw hoe does santal noble compare to tam dao EDP which is my sandalwood reference scent !
    I tried the latest version EDP of Tam Dao & I laughed as there is NO sandalwood in it. I own the edt which is simply a cedar bomb & nothing more. Maybe older versions of Tam Dao EDP were good - so from my side, u are not going to hear a good word about Tam Dao except that the bottle has a good spray...That's it.

    Santal Noble, as told by a few noses here in it's current version is stripped down a lot compared to it's older self, but still good enough...Other choice I would take is Egoiste - older bottles are still available online.
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    Default Re: Which Sandalo ... Etro or Lorenzo Villoresi?

    Quote Originally Posted by badarun View Post
    I tried the latest version EDP of Tam Dao & I laughed as there is NO sandalwood in it. I own the edt which is simply a cedar bomb & nothing more. Maybe older versions of Tam Dao EDP were good - so from my side, u are not going to hear a good word about Tam Dao except that the bottle has a good spray...That's it.

    Santal Noble, as told by a few noses here in it's current version is stripped down a lot compared to it's older self, but still good enough...Other choice I would take is Egoiste - older bottles are still available online.
    Which is interesting, because when I sampled Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Santal Noble in store I was wondering where the sandalwood was. In fact, where the wood was. That was probably because I only waited 15-20 minutes after spraying onto a test strip and then got impatient. If I recall correctly, I didn't get on with the somewhat old-school feel of the opening either. Looking at the reviews on here and contrasting them with my recollection makes me wonder whether I sampled the correct scent or am remembering incorrectly...

    While I agree that Tam Dao (especially the EdT) is a cedar bomb, I can't agree that there's no sandalwood (I think there's a bit of santalum spicatum. I'm not familiar enough with some of the synthetic sandalwood substitutes to say whether it has any of them), although I'm currently layering my EdT with some santalum album for a much richer, smoother ride. The EdP, or at least the decant of it I have, seems to have some santalum album, probably from Australia or some other ethically harvested source, but one shouldn't expect these new sources to smell like aged mysore sandalwood. Probably due to differences in terroir as well as the age of the trees and the oils.
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    ^^^ MPeG's are notoriously complex - u definitely need an hour at the least for the drydown which, I assure u will be a treat with most Jean LaPorte creations for this house.

    The bottle I own of the SN has a wonderful dry sandalwoody drydown.

    The real indian santalum album is gone, so trying to find it in today's perfumes is basically searching for the needle in a hay stack. Best bet is to look in older perfumes, the discontinued ones - Egoiste, Samsara, Heritage (in the older version - golden capped) or Amouage Sandal Attar - so many other vintages have some nice little doses. As for Tam Dao - current EDT & EDP are worthless in my books. If people here interpret the latest version Tam Dao EDP which I smelled a few months back as sandalwood, then bless their noses, they'll def find tons more synthetic garbage similar to it. Very very few new ones have decent SW - I've heard good things abt Neela's Mohur, I know Zahd had a nice little dose as well. But these are going to be 1 in maybe 10000 released...So go for vintage - quality & quantity of SW in those is way better.
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    Default Re: Which Sandalo ... Etro or Lorenzo Villoresi?

    Badarun thanks for the suggestions but I must add that the tam dao EDP I have ....is very close to the essential oil of sandalwood which I got from an indian old attar shop here in Delhi ....infact it last more than 8hrs on me and has that distinct sandalwood creamy woody smell & structure ....
    So your comments are a bit surprising but since I consider you more experienced with this hobby I will take your suggestion & will hunt down a old bottle of tam dao or santal noble to see how they compare .....but it will be a while before that happens !

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    Default Re: Which Sandalo ... Etro or Lorenzo Villoresi?

    Funny thing is I sampled the Etro a few years ago and remember liking it very much - I would say very wearable. I tried the LV only last year but do not remember it as fondly - it was in a shop so no full wearing (but I had asked specifically for a sandalwood).
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