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    Default The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

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    I've learned a lot about fragrances over the past year but what's even better is I've learned about notes that I absolutely love. Sandalwood is one of my absolute favorites when done right. I tried searching to find more information about which colognes to try but unfortunately the information was either outdated or very spread out.

    It's with this in mind that I decided to go on another quest to look for all the highly recommended Sandalwood fragrances (not just has Sandalwood in it but the Sandalwood is a main note) and try them. A couple weeks ago I asked for help from Basenotes to compile a list and since then I've been purchasing and getting all the decants/samples ready for this thread.


    The idea:

    I will try one new sandalwood fragrance a day and review it. I'll rate it on smell and overall performance. I will also give my wife's blind opinion on the fragrance. To help me compare these fragrances to actual Sandalwood I bought 7 different decants of pure Sandalwood oil. At the end of it all, I will rank them into tiers and give my favorites.


    The Fragrances:

    Diptyque - Tam Dao EDP [reviewed]
    Creed - Santal Imperial [reviewed]
    Fragonard - Santal [reviewed]
    Chanel - Bois des Iles [reviewed]
    Geo F Trumper - Sandalwood [reviewed]
    Trufitt & Hill - Sandalwood [reviewed]
    Frederic Malle - Dries Van Noten [reviewed]
    Hermes - Santal Massoia [reviewed]
    Serge Lutens - Santal de Mysore [reviewed]
    Serge Lutens - Santal Blanc [reviewed]
    Creed - Bois du Portugal [reviewed]
    Xerjoff - Richwood [reviewed]
    April Aromatics - Precious Woods [reviewed]
    Orlov Paris - Star of the Season [reviewed]
    Profumum Roma - Santalum [reviewed]
    Profumum Roma - Eccelso [reviewed]
    Bois 1920 - Sandalo e [reviewed]
    By Kilian - Sacred Woods [reviewed]
    Floris - Santal [reviewed]
    Serge Lutens - Santal Majuscule [reviewed]
    Chanel - Egoiste [reviewed]
    Le Labo - Santal 33 [reviewed]
    Pal Zileri - Sartorial [reviewed]
    Brooklyn Perfume Company - Sandalwood [reviewed]
    Comme des Garcons - Wonderwood [reviewed]
    Perris - Santal du Pacifique Extrait [reviewed]
    Tiffany - For Men (Vintage) [reviewed]
    Guerlain - Heritage (Vintage) [reviewed]
    Arden for Men - Sandalwood [reviewed]
    Faberge - Woodhue [reviewed]
    Max Factor - Wood Grains Sandalwood [reviewed]
    PK Perfumes - Maharajah Sandal Supreme (first draft) [impression]
    Commodity - Book [reviewed]
    The Art of Shaving - Sandalwood & Cypress [reviewed]
    MPG - Santal Noble [review]

    If for some reason you don't see your favorite Sandalwood listed it's because it's either impossible to find or I was unable to get a sample of it anywhere. Most of all I'm doing this for fun. I hope you can have fun with this too as we explore the world of Sandalwood fragrances.

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    Default Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    Will be following this with interest.
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    Looking forward to the thread. Sample Ivory Route too if it's possible. It's a great sandalwood.


    Early Prediction: Dries Van Noten will be the winner (I don't know why, but I think you're going to like this) and you'll also end up with a full bottle of Star of the Season.
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    Sounds good! I enjoyed the Vetiver series!
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    Default Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    Will be interested to hear your thoughts. You have some really good ones in there.
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    Default Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    Am I right to assume that Tam Dao is the Parfum rather than the EdT? (I seem to recall that in the recommendation thread it was exclusively the EdP that was recommended).

    Could you also let us know what the sandalwood essential oils are?

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    Am I right to assume that Tam Dao is the Parfum rather than the EdT? (I seem to recall that in the recommendation thread it was exclusively the EdP that was recommended).

    Could you also let us know what the sandalwood essential oils are?

    Thanks!
    Yes. You're correct, Tam Dao is the EDP. I forgot to add that. I'll go edit my post.

    The Sandalwood Oils I got were all from Eden Botanicals.

    They are:
    Australian Plantation Grown
    Australian Premium
    New Caledonia Extra
    New Caledonia
    Royal Hawaiian Organic
    Indian Rare
    Sandalwood Powder

    From my personal taste the Indian Rare was the best. Followed by the New Caledonia Extra. I found the Australians and the Hawaiian all had a slightly medicinal smell to them that didn't make them as pleasant of the others. Almost slightly harsh of a scent.

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    Default Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    I would add Villoresi Sandalo and Creed Bois de Santal.

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    Default Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    Interesting. I love sandalwood fragrances!

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    Default Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    That's a lot to test and requires such passion and dedication. Have fun.

    If you are also interested in Santal du Pacifique extrait by Perris Monte Carlo, lemme know.

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    Default Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    No Santal Noble?
    My Top '11' of main current rotation in no particular order:

    - Fragrances of Ireland: Patrick
    - Polo Blue Gold Blend edp
    - Antaeus (vtg)
    - Azzaro: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - TF: Ombré Leather
    - Al Haramain: Excellent
    - SA: Shaghaf Oud Abyad
    - SA: Al Basel
    - D&G: Pour Homme (vtg)
    - Mancera: Red Tobacco
    - Mancera: Aoud Vanille

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mythrol View Post
    The Sandalwood Oils I got were all from Eden Botanicals.

    They are:
    Australian Plantation Grown
    Australian Premium
    New Caledonia Extra
    New Caledonia
    Royal Hawaiian Organic
    Indian Rare
    Sandalwood Powder

    From my personal taste the Indian Rare was the best. Followed by the New Caledonia Extra. I found the Australians and the Hawaiian all had a slightly medicinal smell to them that didn't make them as pleasant of the others. Almost slightly harsh of a scent.
    Will have to try the New Caledonian oil, I added some of the Indian rare to Gucci Envy aftershave and it's now sandalwood heaven.
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    I went through a sandalwood phase ten or so years ago and have tried and owned many on this list. I'd say my favorite was Tam Dao (edt) with Floris Sandalwood and Geo. F. Trumper's Sandalwood Cologne a close second.
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    Default Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    Quote Originally Posted by Slayerized View Post
    No Santal Noble?
    Unfortunately Santal Noble is now impossible to get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mythrol View Post
    Yes. You're correct, Tam Dao is the EDP. I forgot to add that. I'll go edit my post.

    The Sandalwood Oils I got were all from Eden Botanicals.

    They are:
    Australian Plantation Grown
    Australian Premium
    New Caledonia Extra
    New Caledonia
    Royal Hawaiian Organic
    Indian Rare
    Sandalwood Powder

    From my personal taste the Indian Rare was the best. Followed by the New Caledonia Extra. I found the Australians and the Hawaiian all had a slightly medicinal smell to them that didn't make them as pleasant of the others. Almost slightly harsh of a scent.
    Thanks for that. I need to check some of these out because I only have some Australian grown santalum album. very much looking forward to this thread as sandalwood is one of my favorites, and although there are lots of threads on sandalwood scents, none have gone about it in such a meticulous way.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Bark View Post
    I went through a sandalwood phase ten or so years ago and have tried and owned many on this list. I'd say my favorite was Tam Dao (edt) with Floris Sandalwood and Geo. F. Trumper's Sandalwood Cologne a close second.
    Funnily enough, I started with Tam Dao EdT as my favorite, then decided the EdP was better because it was more authentically sandalwoody, but recently I've swung back to preferring the EdT (even if it is mostly cedar and rosewood rather than sandalwood).
    1. No, never blind buy (I do, but do as I say, not as I do. I'm taking no responsibility for your fragrance gambling).
    2. Get them both. You're a Basenoter and you know you're going to end up purchasing them both eventually.
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    4. Looking for a signature scent? You've come to the wrong place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slayerized View Post
    No Santal Noble?
    Did this survive the switch to EDP in the MPG line-up? I was told it's not available at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mythrol View Post
    Yes. You're correct, Tam Dao is the EDP. I forgot to add that. I'll go edit my post.

    The Sandalwood Oils I got were all from Eden Botanicals.

    They are:
    Australian Plantation Grown
    Australian Premium
    New Caledonia Extra
    New Caledonia
    Royal Hawaiian Organic
    Indian Rare
    Sandalwood Powder

    From my personal taste the Indian Rare was the best. Followed by the New Caledonia Extra. I found the Australians and the Hawaiian all had a slightly medicinal smell to them that didn't make them as pleasant of the others. Almost slightly harsh of a scent.
    Can't wait to get my nose on ALL that.



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    Default Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    Where did you find a sample of Santal de Mysore (Serge Lutens)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRaider430 View Post
    Where did you find a sample of Santal de Mysore (Serge Lutens)?
    If I remember correctly it was lucky scent. But I used multiple places. I will have to go look at my samples.

    Edit:

    I went back and checked my samples. I got Santal de Mysore from The Perfumed Court.

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    Default Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    In. Precious Woods is stunning.

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    Looking forward to it..
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    Looking forward to this!
    And your thread just made me choose Santal Massoia (from a sample) as SOTD.
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    Double post
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    Default Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    Quote Originally Posted by Mythrol View Post
    Unfortunately Santal Noble is now impossible to get.
    I can send you a sample for the good of the group and your quest! Because I love sandalwood too but my nose is well, not the best. And what about Richwood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bokaba View Post
    I would add Villoresi Sandalo [...]
    Me too. One of favourites by a mile. Quite readily available now, even from online discounters!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mythrol View Post
    Unfortunately Santal Noble is now impossible to get.
    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    Did this survive the switch to EDP in the MPG line-up? I was told it's not available at the moment.
    Santal Noble should be in the new EDP lineup, at least that's what I heard/read. It'll take time to treackle down in to the lineup as MPeG are notoriously slow for stock supply and production.

    Anyway, looking forward to reading about your quest OP. Sandalwood is one of my favourite notes.

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    You got great list Mythrol! Cant wait to read you reviews. Santal Majuscule&Santal33&Tam Dao Edp are my favourites. Especially looking forward hear Eccelso and Santalum..

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    Will be following!

    If you add to the list "Like last time"I would love to see how these stack up
    Maitre Parfumeur Santal Noble
    Pal Zileri Sartorial
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    Default Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    Looking forward to this thread. I think I may have something you will be interested in...
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    Default Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    @Mountainbikesandwatches - Thanks for the kind offer. I'll send you a msssage about Santal Noble. To answer your question, yes Richwood is on the list.

    @Rum - I've seen people suggest Villoresi Sandolo before. The issue I ran into was I couldn't find any place that would offer a sample of it.

    @Dandydude - Thank you for mentioning Pal Zileri Sartoriale. I forgot that my brother actually has a bottle of this one so it will definitely be on the list to test. I'm working on finding Santal Noble as well.

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    Default Re: The Quest for THE Sandalwood Fragrance

    Looking forward to your opinions.
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