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.
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.