Santal Royal EdP by Thierry Wasser for Guerlain 2014

Hello Fabulous Frag Heads,

I am a Guerlain creature. You know it. When they released Santal Royal I was so freaking excited because in my mind I was thinking the Australian sandalwood plantations are going gangbusters and that we would be getting a modern “next Gen’ look at Samsara. A beautiful creamy and delicious fragrance that would have me smelling like a very rich hippy just back from India via Paris.

Santal Royal EdP by Thierry Wasser for Guerlain 2014

Santal Royal Guerlain FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica giuves these featured accords in one line:
Sandalwood, leather, oud, neroli, cinnamon, rose, amber, musk

There has been a lot of hate for Santal Royal and I think our expectations we just too high, and saints preserve me but that bottle is to freaking die for. Don’t tell me that marketing plays no part in my buying, the black and gold flaccon is amazing. I got to hold one in Las Vegas at the Venetian Guerlain store. LOVE at first sight. we spritzed it and on me it was OK but Jin smelled absolutely fabulous in it all day. He already has Mona di Orio’s Oud so having this would be tautology.

Though I’m sure there is a bunch of sandalwood in there, and I will say the longevity is extraordinary, this is an oudh fragrance. Yes it is, sorry to say it. It’s very nice. It does have a story and it changes through time to something soft and very sensual but even to the bitter end I still get that oudh. Which I like very much but it’s not so groundbreaking that I feel the need to purchase because there are other oudhs in my wardrobe that I would reach for before it, even with that killer bottle.

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Have you tried Santal Royal? How did it strike you?
Enjoy the ad,
Portia xx


Santal Royal – Eau de Parfum – GUERLAIN

6 comments on “Santal Royal EdP by Thierry Wasser for Guerlain 2014

  1. Liam says:

    I will give this another test just for you Portia xx.

    I unfortunately am one of those folks who do not like this. I get something reminiscent of aquatics at one stage with a bitey benzaldehyde driven oud. Wish me luck .


    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Naah, you won’t like it Liam till far into dry down. This is not a fragrance for anyone who has the skills to dissect a story. This will sell HEAPS to the people who love designer and are moving up the ladder into a better quality at the mall or oud newbies. There will also be a bunch of people who buy it because it smells nice on them, Jin really did make it smell beautiful, I only made it smell nice.
      Portia xx

  2. Undina says:

    I’m not a Guerlain fan (though I love and own several bottles from the brand) so I was never excited about this release – despite the beautiful bottle. Then I read several negative reviews and, what was the worse, realized that it was a perfume with strong agarwood presence – definitely not my cup of tea. So if I ever come across this perfume in a store, I’ll test it but I won’t be actively seeking it.
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Yes, it is definitely oudh al the way through for me Undina. Clayton from What Men Should Smell Like gets a much more interesting and enjoyable ride from it than I did.
      Guerlain has many fond memories for me from childhood till now, it’s in my blood now.
      Portia xx

  3. Robert Herrmann. says:

    How did it strike me. Well, it struck me right across the face, kicked me i the cojones, and left me in the gutter.

    I tried, I really did! I loves me some Guerlain, but not this. Screechy petro-chemical oud, oud, and more oud. Sandalwood? Bitch please.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Ha! Yes, I found little sandalwood here too. I wasn’t kicked or hit or beaten in any way though. Ha Ha ha! Yes, we are dealing in synthetic oudh but I quite like that smell anyway.
      Ha Ha ha “Screechy petro-chemical oud” will have me giggling all day, even though my wear was less intense.
      Portia xx

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