Hi there Scent Hounds,
It seems Sandalwood is the new fragrant Pink Pepper and Oud rolled into one. Now that the Australian Mysore and Australian Santalum spicatum are doing big business the base note favourite is back in vogue and there are some excellent new fragrances using them as the core story. Miller et Bertaux have jumped on board early, releasing their newest baby Indian Study / Santal +++ in 2017. Libertine Parfumerie is bringing it into Australia and I got a sneaky sniff at their Winter 2018 Showcase.
Indian Study / Santal +++ by Miller et Bertaux 2017
Libertine gives these featured accords:
Top: Mysore Sandalwood, Amyris
Heart: Cumin, Curry
Base: Woods, Musk
Indian Study is not a sandalwood in the Guerlain Samsara vein. There’s no creamy white floral or banana sweet ylang. It does not take over the room in an instant and become the headline sniff of the party. Imagine all the beauty of pure sandalwood given a lightly green touch, as if it has just come from the logging camp.
As the sun sets and the day cools the men pull out their spices to start preparing the meal for dinner time. They are not hot, cooking spices yet but as the tins open the air is redolent with their spicy invitation. Against the background of fresh hewn, green woods they are unexpected in my room. This far from the hard work of living we usually get our sandalwood dialled up to max and tropical.
Dry down becomes my memory of peeled bark. Australian trees are like snakes. Each year many of them shed their bark so they can grow again in the next 12 months. The bark also serves as a mulch barrier to the soils water loss, these trees are clever. This ground bark has a very specific smell over time. Lift a few pieces and the scent is woody, damp, cool and after a while smells like the earth it’s returning to. A hiding place for beetles, lizards, snakes and spiders they were a rich treasure trove for my sister and I to collect creatures from and take home to a bewildered and surprised Mum and Dad.
Are you a sandalwood lover?