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    Default Hermes Santal Massoia and varying experiences

    This seems to be a scent where longevity and sillage issues vary.

    I would appreciate any comments. It is a lovely scent. (The bottle states 75% alcohol, so it seems to have a lot of fragrance oil.)

    My experiences vary based on weather and temperature.
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    It's an odd one, alright.

    It appears to come and go but I have found after several hours that walking into a warm room, or even just rinsing a coffee cup under hot water the steam will set it off. I think it's actually quite a solid piece of work despite the relative transparency.

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    I own this and personally have no longevity problems with it.

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    I did have longevity issues with it, at least to the point where I had to press my nose against my wrist in order to smell it one hour after application. Nice but I'll stick with the more "powerful" Hermessences.
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    Thank you for the kind replies.

    This seems to be a polarising scent.
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    Its there but its very transparent and like mr.reasonable says. Having a hot beverage will ignite the projection for a good hour or two.

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    I'm excited to try this one and my sample should be in this week.
    I have my doubts on the claims on how bad the longevity really is. I think a better way of really determining longevity is another's perception rather than your own since sometimes we become numb or asnomic to what we wear.

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    As always with Hermes; Excellent stuff!

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    Default Re: Hermes Santal Massoia and varying experiences

    Many of the Hermessences have that phantom-effect when it comes to their sillage/longevity. Suppose it has to do with something that Jean Claude Ellena does intentionally.

    I happen to think that in comparison to the other Hermessences, this one is above average in terms of projection/longevity. I also like it because it smells wonderful when I'm sweaty - unlike many sandalwood scents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Many of the Hermessences have that phantom-effect when it comes to their sillage/longevity. Suppose it has to do with something that Jean Claude Ellena does intentionally.

    I happen to think that in comparison to the other Hermessences, this one is above average in terms of projection/longevity. I also like it because it smells wonderful when I'm sweaty - unlike many sandalwood scents.
    My experience with them as well. Santal MassoÔa is my SOTD, and it surrounds me in a brilliant aura of milky sandalwood
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    My good friend works down at wall street in NYC, and gave me their santal sample. Luxurious and better executed tam dao. Lasted 3 hours on me otherwise this is my favorite hermes scent.

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    Default Re: Hermes Santal Massoia and varying experiences

    Wore this yesterday (at the beach, BBQ, etc) and it has that unique knack of coming off transparent, woody & slightly tropical. It sort of reminds me of how a fancy tanning cream might leave your skin smelling after rinsing off & heating up your skin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Wore this yesterday (at the beach, BBQ, etc) and it has that unique knack of coming off transparent, woody & slightly tropical. It sort of reminds me of how a fancy tanning cream might leave your skin smelling after rinsing off & heating up your skin.
    Yeah, the lactones from the massoÔa bark, and the sandalwoods own slightly coconutty vibe, can give a sort of pseudo-tropical feeling I love the trademark JCE transparency of this, as it works wonders with these notes!
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