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    Default Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    As in, fragrances that actually smell like real sandalwood.

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    Santal Noble
    Tam Dao

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    Quote Originally Posted by Grottola View Post
    As in, fragrances that actually smell like real sandalwood.

    Thoughts?
    Mike Perez was kind enough to send me a sample of Crabtree and Evelyn's vintage release ( Mysore Extract). It's simple but very good and lasts surprisingly long for sandalwood.

    I recently acquired a bottle of ERBE Sandalwood and it's like a toned down Villoresi Sandalo. I get a citric-cedar-rosewood-sandalwood accord that's from the rough side of town. It's rugged like the Viloresi.

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    Quote Originally Posted by aromierotici View Post
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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    IMO Montale Santal de Mysore from the Confidential Collection

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    you might want to chek the following threads (they're pretty exaustive)

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/282...et-sandalwoods

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/284...d-re-formatted)


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    I'm wearing pre-Exclusifs Bois des Iles extrait..probably my favorite sandalwood aound. Likely real Indian sandalwood here in the pre-Exclusifs. Also lighter on the aldehydes pre-Exclusifs and in extrait form, which suits me just fine. Creed's Bois de Santal and MPG's Santal Noble (vintage if possible) are nice as well.

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    Creed Bois de Santal
    Villoresi Sandalo
    Oriscent, AgarAura Pure Ouds, Creed, LIDGE, Patou Pour Homme, tons of niche and rare stuff for sale!
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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    Can certainly vouche for Villoresi's Sandalo! My favorite Sandalwood!
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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    Ditto MPG Santal Noble. I also like Lutens Santal de Mysore but it doesn't smell so much of sandalwood!

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    Like Hednic, the closest thing I've smelled is Montale's de Mysore. Unfortunately it's very pricey probably more so than the real thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZsmells View Post
    Creed Bois de Santal
    Villoresi Sandalo
    +1 on Creed BdS.

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    This thread answers all: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/284...d-re-formatted

    Thanks to MikeP for putting this together.

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    Eau de Patou pour Homme tonight
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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    Quote Originally Posted by kbe View Post
    Eau de Patou pour Homme tonight
    Er... wrong thread, my man
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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    A budget price one that gets little love is Casswell-Massey's version ..Superb !!

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    IMO Montale Santal de Mysore from the Confidential Collection
    Yes, simply a standout in this category.

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    Santa Maria novella sandalwood is pretty straightforward...a little astringent at first but nice nonetheless.

    I love trumpet sandalwood..but it's not a good representation of sandalwood IMO
    Current Top 5:

    Tabac, Cardinal, Brookes Brothers, Musc Kublai Khan, Andron

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    Santa Maria novella sandalwood is pretty straightforward...a little astringent at first but nice nonetheless.

    I love trumper sandalwood..but it's not a good representation of sandalwood IMO
    Current Top 5:

    Tabac, Cardinal, Brookes Brothers, Musc Kublai Khan, Andron

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    .....
    Current Top 5:

    Tabac, Cardinal, Brookes Brothers, Musc Kublai Khan, Andron

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    Sandlewood by The Art Of Shaving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #1

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    Never too late to try Sandalwood Crabtree & Evelyn
    Currently wearing: Citrus & Wood by Yardley

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    Quote Originally Posted by Zerby View Post
    Sandlewood by The Art Of Shaving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #1
    I use the shavin cream and used to own the frag...I really like it but I find the frag has what appears to be a pine note that is loud.
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    Tabac, Cardinal, Brookes Brothers, Musc Kublai Khan, Andron

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    Montale Dark Aoud , a blend of oudh and mysore sandalwood , just wow!

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    Quote Originally Posted by jdnba View Post
    ...I find the frag has what appears to be a pine note that is loud.
    Yes, I agree.
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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    Caswell & Massey
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Chanel Egoiste

    All are terrific sandalwoods. Egoiste has the plushest rendition of the note I've ever encountered, second only to Creed's.
    Last edited by socalwoman; 22nd November 2011 at 06:01 PM.

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    I have probably said this in the other threads but while we're on the subject (one close to my heart), these three are my Mysore Sandalwood favourites:

    Santalum Album (La Via del Profumo)
    Sandalo Inspiritu (Dawn Spencer Hurwitz)
    Santal Attar (Amouage)

    Bois des Iles Extrait (Chanel) is nice too - it would seem Chanel have access to Mysore but who really can know? The Crabtree & Evelyn was great in the 80s, a true Sandalwood EDT that delivered a blast of goodness and then stuck around for while, and I think it may well have contained some real Mysore at one point, but it changed, presumably as supplies dried up.

    I own Sandalo (Villoresi) & Sandalo (Etro) and have tried Tam Dao (Diptyque) several times but I don't think there's any Santalum Album in them, nice as they are. I suspect the same may be true for the glorious Santal Noble (MPG) but I don't care because whatever is in it is fantastic, altho I am a little nervous that the latest incanation may have snuck in just a bit of screechy cedar or something not altogether wonderful. I haven't tried the de-luxe Montale, vintage Creed, Profumum or one or two others that are often mentioned.

    It's just a shame the stuff got over-harvested and we are now running round mopping up the last drops and trying to find a hint of the magic in facsimiles. The Australian and Pacific Islands stuff and Cedarish concoctions that seem to have been pushed into service don't do it for me. I'm not a chemist so I don't know how the Santalool (?) and other synthetic versions work or how true they may be to the real thing - one day, maybe.

    My two bobs worth - we live in hope

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    There are many references to the reformulation of MPG Santal Noble - which are the good ones and how can you tell? ( bottle type etc )

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    Extract of Mysore Sandalwood by Crabtree & Evelyn (vintage juice) is what you're looking for. Since this is discontinued then try to get a hold of some of the Montale oil Futami mentioned above. It is the real deal.
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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrances, bar none

    Quote Originally Posted by Dorian Gray View Post
    There are many references to the reformulation of MPG Santal Noble - which are the good ones and how can you tell? ( bottle type etc )
    Old vintage botttle: http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x...bucket/323.jpg
    New bottle: http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x...quie-Small.jpg
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