3 thoughts on “Santal”

  1. Something in this is giving me beach vibes. There’s no coconut listed but I’m smelling something akin to golden vanilla coconut. This is the way I wish coconut smelled on me. Usually it turns plastic and artificial on me. Body chemistry’s a bitch! This is much lighter than I expected from a predominantly sandalwood blend. It’s pretty but I myself wouldn’t wear this on it’s own too often. I would use this to layer with many other scents, it would be a great blender scent in my opinion. I’m not getting any incense at any time during the wear but it’s okay. Again, this is probably the closest I can ever get to smelling like coconuts. Actually I know there is no true coconut note or it would have gone rancid on me. I’d call this alike and not a love since I’d use this in layering only. Usually a “love” scent for me can be worn on it’s own.

    1. —————————————————————————————————————Santal Vanille

      Notes: the same as Santal above with the addition of marshmallow fluff and vanilla bean extract.

      Santal Vanille wears the same as Santal on my skin with the addition of some vanilla. I’m attributing this to the vanilla bean extract. Of course that fades out first. I’m amazed it showed up on me at all as Hexennacht’s vanilla and marshmallow notes struggle to pop on my skin. The end result of this is a vanilla bean coconut type of scent. Not really getting anything that I’d interpret as Sandalwood in this or Santal. Usually coconut goes to plastic on me but that’s not happening in Santal Vanille. For me, I’d use this for layering but probably wouldn’t get much wear out of SV on it’s own. No Sandalwood, no incense and no marshmallow fluff on me. This is all vanilla and coconut. It sort of reminds me of Sun Bum’s lip balm, the smell is similar.

  2. Yesss, all the sandalwood! I’m even more excited for this after my first whiff. The bottle is straight-up rich woody goodness. It’s the same on my skin, but now I get a tinge of sweetness. I had to recheck the notes and ah yes, there’s vanilla here too. So, this reads as a wood-heavy vanilla sandalwood blend on me, exactly what it claims to be in the notes. I like it a lot. The vanilla is a nice, subtle counterpart. It really sets off and showcases the exquisite sandalwoods. Overall, it’s not as strong as I would have expected, more nestling into my skin and chilling in a present, yet shimmery way. I get the incense impression after a few minutes… this is magnificent. Now it’s reminding me of huffing a new bag of sandalwood incense. You know when you get some of the incense powder on your fingers? How that smells? That’s this. Yum. It’s gorgeously straightforward. I can get behind this. I’m not really craving more complexity, which surprises me. It has just enough. I could be totally happy wearing this all by its lonesome. It could be layered sure, and if I owned it, I imagine that would happen at some point. It just doesn’t need it. I feel like a self-assured, elegant hippie right now and I’m all about the vibe. I was nervous about the lack of strength once it settled on my skin, but it lasts a super long time, so I’ve forgiven it! Count this as a winner. A very cool, complete winner. Want!

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