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    In your journey so far, what would you say the best sandalwood fragrance is that you’ve encountered?
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    Villoresi Sandalo.

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    TRNP Embers

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    Those fragrances that are often touted as smelling the most like actual sandalwood oil usually fall flat for me. They are never quite as good as the real thing, but also often lack the complexity of a proper perfume because they seek to mimic the smell of a single ingredient. So, my favorites may not be considered "sandalwood fragrances" per se.

    1. Bois des Iles by Chanel. It took me a long time to identify this one as a true sandalwood fragrance for some reason.

    2. Black Gold by Ormonde Jayne. I still never think of this one as a sandalwood fragrance until I am actually wearing it and reminded that it has a fantastic sandalwood note.

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    Santal Auster by Maher Olfactive
    FYI: I spray all fragrances on clothing, never on skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balushi View Post
    TRNP Embers
    This plus Sacred Ground are top notch. Aged with perfection.

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    +1 Bois des Iles by Chanel *** prefer the edt ***
    Currently wearing: Zahd by Slumberhouse

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowartisttxl View Post
    In your journey so far, what would you say the best sandalwood fragrance is that you’ve encountered?
    A topic that has been done to death on here before. That said, most sandalwood threads have resulted in different conclusions over the years.

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    Villoresi Sandalo.
    +1 on the Villoresi, but would argue that the version in the blue bottle was the better one

    Santal Noble by MPeG was another benchmark sandalwood, as was Crabtree & Evelyn's now discontinued Extract of Mysore Sandalwood. Then you also have the slightly less popular Sandalwood by Elizabeth Arden.
    Currently wearing: Bel Ami by Hermès

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    Quote Originally Posted by rum View Post
    +1 on the Villoresi, but would argue that the version in the blue bottle was the better one
    I've only ever seen it in a blue bottle. Was it repackaged at some point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rum View Post
    A topic that has been done to death on here before. That said, most sandalwood threads have resulted in different conclusions over the years.
    To be fair - that’s true of nearly all threads outside of those that are house specific. As you said: things change over the years: new releases, new members, new tastes: hence, new threads
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    I've only ever seen it in a blue bottle. Was it repackaged at some point?
    Yup, it has been moved to the 'Vintage' range (same line of scents such as Tropicana, Ambra and Incensi) so it now comes in the clear bottle with golden coloured juice and silver label. The packaging is now a silver coloured box.
    Currently wearing: Bel Ami by Hermès

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    Any budget sandalwood recommendation?

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrance?

    Santal de Mysore by Montale for me.
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    Egoiste was my daily driver throughout the 90s, so I judge every sandalwood fragrance against the original version of that one. As a result, perfumes like EMBERS from TRNP tend to be my sweet spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mahmadna View Post
    Any budget sandalwood recommendation?
    Trumper Sandalwood. You won't do better.

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    Maybe not all of these the absolute best, yet some did enjoy the most so far did include, among others:
    seconding Egoiste while also adding C&E Sandalwood (including the vintage Mysore take on this), Creed OS, l'Occitane Ambre & Santal, Etro Sandalo
    Currently wearing: Open by Roger & Gallet

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    Guerlain Samsara!

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrance?

    Adding yet another vote for both
    TRNP Embers
    and
    Chanel Egoiste (as someone mentioned, the yardstick by which all other sandalwood perfumes are measured)

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    Without question, the brand new Agar Aura oil

    Kyara to Byakudan

    The sandalwood blended with the Oud is a masterpiece, and it actually leans as sandalwood dominant and Oud a secondary player

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    Tam Dao EDP

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    Mine would be santal de mysore by Serge Lutens and egoiste cologne concentree by Chanel

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    Default Re: Best sandalwood fragrance?

    Patou Ma Liberte has a Sandalwood Rose that gives me a kick of Quality scent.
    If you are able to find pre 80's Bois des Isles you are rewarded with a dose of Chanel's special blend of Mysore.
    High quality Sandalwood is present in a few of the Henry Jacques scents I have sampled.
    Early Polge Tiffany for Men has a rich Sandalwood Note of note.
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    Vintage Guerlain Samsara edp, bar none

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    The recent releases "Sandalwood & Suede" by Cremo and "Wild & Botanic" by Hawthorne are some of my favorites. On paper they sound a little similar, as "Wild and Botanic" has notes of suede and sandalwood in it as well. But they're quite different. "Sandalwood & Suede" is brighter and fresher, thanks to a fig top note, while "Wild & Botanic" is darker, spicier, with notes like saffron and tolu balsam. But I think I can definitely make out a similar sort of sandalwood at the heart of each. The Cremo is a simpler sort of daytime sandalwood scent while the Hawthorne is a rich evening scent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Joe View Post
    Adding yet another vote for both
    TRNP Embers
    and
    Chanel Egoiste (as someone mentioned, the yardstick by which all other sandalwood perfumes are measured)
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    Guerlain Samsara!
    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Maybe not all of these the absolute best, yet some did enjoy the most so far did include, among others:
    seconding Egoiste while also adding C&E Sandalwood (including the vintage Mysore take on this), Creed OS, l'Occitane Ambre & Santal, Etro Sandalo
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    +1 Bois des Iles by Chanel *** prefer the edt ***
    Quote Originally Posted by Jcelello View Post
    Those fragrances that are often touted as smelling the most like actual sandalwood oil usually fall flat for me. They are never quite as good as the real thing, but also often lack the complexity of a proper perfume because they seek to mimic the smell of a single ingredient. So, my favorites may not be considered "sandalwood fragrances" per se.

    1. Bois des Iles by Chanel. It took me a long time to identify this one as a true sandalwood fragrance for some reason.

    2. Black Gold by Ormonde Jayne. I still never think of this one as a sandalwood fragrance until I am actually wearing it and reminded that it has a fantastic sandalwood note.
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    Vintage Guerlain Samsara edp, bar none
    Egoiste EDT, Egoiste Cologne Concentree, Bois des Iles Parfum, EDT, and Samsara parfum extrait are all good.

    Crabtree & Evelen Sandalwood is good.
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    Tam Dao EdP
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    By Kilian Sacred Wood (refills are still available)

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    Chanel's Bois des Isles is the best I've tried.

    Also kicking myself that I never got a bottle of L'Ether from IUNX now that the entire line seems to be discontinued. It had a fantastic sandalwood dry down.

    For those who recommend Samsara, is it worth getting the currently available version? Even if not as good as vintage, it looks to be available dirt cheap.
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    If looking for a straight, *real* Mysore sandalwood offering from current perfumes, then Mysore Santal EdT by Ethos Grooming Essentials is the best I have sniffed and very reasonably priced at $75 per 60ml retail. It is literally Mysore sandalwood in a bottle (using Mysore Sandalwood essential oil), with each bottle even having some Mysore sandalwood chips at the bottom of the bottle to allow the perfume to get even better over time. Great stuff if straight sandalwood is your kind of thing.

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    3) Giorgio V.I.P. Special Reserve (Giorgio Beverly Hills) - tie

    5) Dia pour Homme vintage edt (Amouage)

    6) Nombre Noir (Shiseido)
    7) Lucifer (Renaissance Fragrances)
    8) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren)
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy)
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    +1 for Bois Des Iles Extrait

    Also try Santal Blush by Tom Ford, dries down to a beautiful Mysore accord.
    And Wonderwood by CdG for decidedly synthetic but great take on the note.




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