The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.


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Atelier Materi Santal Blond

WHAT I SMELL:  Santal Blond opens with a warmed cardamom infused bergamot that quickly moves to a putty like chewy jasmine with a deep undertow of sandalwood.  The chewiness seems to last but for a minute as it moves more to a puffy cotton ball cloud of a dream.  Mixed within the cloud is just a hint of bourbon which has a lightly caramel sugared feel to it.  Overall, the perfume is full of projection but in a very soft and light manner as if it’s drifting off the air in the breeze.  As the perfume continues to develop it really begins to move to the woody and become linear in the most wonderful of ways.  What I mean is that it seems to lessen in it’s complexity to create this very intimate sheen of warm and soft sandalwood without any harsh edges.  

From the Atelier Materi website:

Sacred tree, sandalwood is a peculiar exotic wood. Once distilled, powerful velvety, creamy notes with smoky undertones are unleashed.

In SANTAL BLOND, the perfumer Lucas Sieuzac selects an exceptional natural sandalwood from Australia and chooses to reveal its luminous facets.

After a fresh and spicy opening carried by the cardamom, the perfumer pairs the sandalwood with rich floral jasmine notes and warm Tonka bean accents.

A gentle and luminous sandalwood with a discreet elegance.

Notes –

Top: Bergamot, Cardamom

Heart: Jasmine, Sandalwood

Base: Hinoki Bourbon, Tonka Bean

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Moonlit woods.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SANTAL BLOND:  soft, serene, mysterious

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SANTAL BLOND:  CaFleureBon

BOTTOM LINE:  Santal Blond isn’t a perfume that I find to be incredibly unique, but I do find that it’s calming and very easy to wear.  Plus, I do think it’s a perfume that could be a shapeshifter depending on your mood or the occasion you’re wearing it for.  

  • Bone Rating: 3 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Amber Woody
  • Nose:  Lucas Sieuzac
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $260 for 100ml eau de parfum

* Sample provided by Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.


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My Perfumed Christmas List 2022

In the past I’ve created holiday shopping suggestions for perfume, perfume related items and just some other fun random things thrown into the mix.  And every year, coming up with gift suggestions becomes harder, partly because of living in Mexico and being away from shopping in person.  But mostly as I get older I don’t actively seek out the new and exciting because I’m not the target market and because at this stage in my life getting a lot of presents just doesn’t matter.  OK, so now I’m sounding like Scrooge.  Far from it.  I do have wishes and wants, but they are fewer and farther in between.  So this year, my suggestions are comprised of a listing of perfumes that I think are amazing and of which I obsess over because they are what my perfumes dreams are made of.  Some are in my collection and some I hope to be in my collection in the near future.  So here we go…

Click on each title for the full review.

Hera by Papillon Perfumes

Hera is a perfume that I have completely obsessed about since first sniff.  It’s a new fragrance with the soul of a vintage perfume and it’s absolute perfection.

No. 12 by Puredistance Perfumes

Puredistance can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned.  Their collection of 12 perfumes consists of modern classics that deliver incredible beauty to the wearer.  To me, their crowning glory was the introduction of No. 12 which is so absolutely breathtaking that it’s the one perfume that I reach for every time I need something special and spectacular to wear.

Shalini by Shalini Parfums

Once again, the house of Shalini along with Maurice Roucel has created a collection of perfumes that stand out above the rest.  However, the original Shalini to me is the best of the lot.  It’s quiet beauty makes my heart sing every time I wear it.  To me, it’s absolutely unique and absolutely beautiful.

Chanel Boy

When I first wore Boy, I really liked it.  But as time wore on, I found it to be a wonderfully easy fougere to love.  It’s lavender heart isn’t too bold which makes this a perfect perfume to wear on any occasion.  Boy has fallen into my “I don’t know what to wear today, so I’ll wear something that is a perfect fit every time” group of perfumes.  To me, Chanel makes some of the best clean and fresh scents that are excellent for every day wear.

Enslaved by Roja Parfums

Unfortunately, I found out that Enslaved has been discontinued by Roja Parfums.  This modern take on Molinard’s Habinita is big, bold, thick and heady and completely rapturous.  I do believe there are still bottles to be found out there and if I was not living in Mexico I would buy myself another since I have just a few drops left in my bottle.

And for those of you who love vintage perfumes (you can find them all on eBay and Etsy and the current formulations can be found via other sources)…

Caron Narcisse Blanc

I have had this perfume in my collection for years, but for some reason it has once again become an obsession and I wear it constantly.  It’s thick, creamy and completely joyous and you can’t help but love it.  Narcisse Blanc seems to fall to the wayside of it’s more famous sister Narcisse Noir, but this brighter narcissus fragrance is to me, a much easier wear.

Ysatis by Givenchy

The 1980s are alive and well in this over-the-top beauty.  You can’t help not be noticed when you’re wearing it.  I don’t really wear it out, but sometimes when I’m sitting around the house it transports me back to a time when big perfume, big hair and big shoulders were the norm.  This is one time that bigger is indeed better.

Magie Noire by Lancome

Rich, creamy, big and unique, Magie Noire is a special perfume in a category all by itself.  It’s a haunting perfume that is pure magic.

Happy Holidays to you all.  May all your perfume dreams come true!


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Juliette Has a Gun Magnolia Bliss

WHAT I SMELL:  Magnolia Bliss pulls you in with a fresh and fruity enhanced bergamot that is quickly met with a gorgeous magnolia and a ripe and juicy plum and peach.  It’s lusciously smooth and oh so inviting.  The mixture of florals and fruits are intoxicating and it’s full of vibrant sunshine and a happy demeanor.  After a short time, the rounded fruit and florals begin to tame and move from full juiciness to a sweetened creamy silkiness.  Here the perfume seems to drift happily off the skin with some wonderful projection leaving a trail of positive energy in its wake.  As the perfume continues to settle, a warmed musk adds a wrap of comfort around the pretty magnolia.  Magnolia Bliss is exactly that… pure unadulterated bliss!

From the Juliette Has a Gun website:

Peace in a Bottle:  Here comes Magnolia Bliss, a floral fruity composition, the perfect blend of a Magnolia essence, a juicy Mirabelle Plum, and a fresh Bergamot Essence.
Inspired by the 70’s, freedom, and beach summer sunsets…Peace!

Top note:  Bergamot

Heart Note:  Magnolia Essence, Mirabelle Plum

Bottom Notes:  Musks, Ambroxam

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Sun drenched pink magnolias.

THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MAGNOLIA BLISS:  fresh, joyful, delightful

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MAGNOLIA BLISSCaFleureBon

BOTTOM LINE:  Magnolia Bliss is just that…pure bliss.  It’s not complicated nor full of surprise developments, but it’s easy to love.  This is a perfume that would work no matter the time of year if you just need to add a bit of positive energy into your life.  

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Floral Fruity
  • Classification: Leans feminine
  • Expense: $105 for 50 ml eau de parfum. Also available in 100 ml size.

* Sample provided by Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.