Notes de Fond - Santal-Basmati 2015

Notes de Fond - Santal-Basmati by Affinessence
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Notes de Fond - Santal-Basmati is a popular perfume by Affinessence for women and men and was released in 2015. The scent is woody-sweet. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Mysore sandalwoodMysore sandalwood
Basmati riceBasmati rice
PatchouliPatchouli
IrisIris
CashmeranCashmeran

Ratings

Scent

7.750 Ratings

Longevity

7.339 Ratings

Sillage

6.540 Ratings

Bottle

7.339 Ratings
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 11.12.2021.
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5
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4
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5
Bottle
4
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Olfactology

6 Reviews
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Helpful Review    5  
Delicate, tranquil, Bali Spa fragrance
Soft, slightly sweet, milky scent of toasted rice with sandalwood oil base. That is a scent of rice powder used in Thailand and on Bali when you order a Spa bath. Another reference - genmaicha tea, a green tea mixed with with toasted rice. The scent is very delicate, I can imagine wearing in to a yoga class, some meditation session, otherwise it is too quiet to compete with scents of the urban environment. Its almost too good for this hectic world. But its a definitely #1 choice if I'm going for a Bali escape.
Technical: too quiet, disappears way to fast, overpriced for its performance. But scent itself is divine.
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5.5
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Top Review    29  
Tanti amati - profumi con basmati or much loved rice scents?
What could be better than coming home to the comforting, homey scent of basmati rice just down the hall?
For some, possibly the smell of sauerkraut.
Is after all - like everything - a matter of taste and a question of socialization.
Who has like me migration background (in my case 50% Persian), which will probably have the smell of rice and saffron already at conception inscribed in memory.
Therefore, it is certainly not surprising if I freely oute myself here as a former "sucker for rice fragrances".
(Better an old "sucker" than a f*cker - you know what I mean. Rice speaks of home and comfort.)

Now rice hardly gives off an odor when not cooked.
Only through a so-called. "Maillard reaction" come the characteristic scent impressions to the appearance. This means simplified that by the heat the amino acids and sugars in the rice are brought to enter other, new connections. But this rule only applies to cooking.
In perfume making, it is different.
"There is no natural rice absolute or oil, so we have to be inventive and try to mimic things," said on this subject, for example, Ralf Schwieger, who composed a very special rice fragrance for ELDO.
My research on the net revealed that perfumers mostly use the artificial molecules 2-acetyl-pyrazines in combination with coumarin or musk to achieve a rice-like effect.
In the past, there have been some creations that have had a rice note.
"Kenzo Amour" (2006) is probably the most famous in the vein, "Fils de Dieu du Riz et des Agrumes" by ELDO by Ralf Schwieger offers rice in a tropical setting, "Dojima" by Mona di Orio presents a milky variation, "Poudre de Riz" by Pierre Guillaume goes in the (as the name suggests) powdery direction. Demeter's "Rice Paddy" is inspired by the Far East and is a fine variant that is also not overly expensive.
But now to "Santal Basmati" itself.
"Santal Basmati" is by far the most expensive fragrance that boasts of containing a rice note - and unfortunately also the worst. (345 euros/100 ml).
What is here as a "basmati note" briefly and fleetingly in the air and on the skin, has for me nothing at all to do with the aroma, which should be familiar to all who have already prepared a high-quality basmati rice itself. The slightly sweet, pudding-like touch of the artificial accord in "Santal Basmati" is anyway plastered over by sandalwood after a few minutes. This may be because of me (as the company states) from Kerala in India, but "ma waas es net" - as the Hesse sacht...

...I do not know anyway, but I'm already a little suspicious when at the end of a very exhausting, 12-hour "wearing time" Cashmeran comes to light.

Conclusion: "Santal Basmati" has disappointed me as a rice lover all along the line.
But just as preparing rice the Indian or Persian way requires a particularly large amount of practice, so too does the composition of a basmati chord not seem to be given to everyone/everyone. Other than lush, super-potent sandalwood, I can barely detect anything in Alexandra Carlin's creation.
But basically, this is not a big deal.
Perfumes are perhaps always particularly good when they create new fragrance worlds and go down abstract paths. Similar to fragrances that merely recreate "lilac" or even "lemon cake", a basmati rice scent from the bottle ultimately does not seem desirable for me, as long as the little fire on our home stove is still burning and we can cook ourselves our beloved rice if necessary (who wants, I'll be happy to send recipes!).
The hunt for the perfect rice fragrance is over.
Call me an "ex-sucker."
(With loving thanks to Schalkerin for the testing opportunity).
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Helpful Review    10  
WWW = warm feel-good little cloud
I fell in love with Santal-Basmati from Affinessence at a perfume fair. The Notes de Fond collection from Affinessence is special in that it works with high-calibre ingredients, all of which are basic notes. I.e. the fragrance hardly changes in the course of wearing, but has a beautiful and long shelf life.
Santal-Basmati is a warm, slightly woody, but at the same time incredibly light and beautiful scent due to the Basmati chord, which envelops you like in a cosy, warm cocoon.
It doesn't leave a giant silage behind, you have to get a little closer to it to enjoy it. And one thing seems particularly important to me: If you try the fragrance, take your time! Santal-Basmati leaves at the first moment the impression that he is very weak and light and would fly away immediately. But far from it: He is a faithful companion for many hours, who nestles like a soft scarf to you and in a certain way iridescessively sometimes more the sandalwood (very soft, not a bit scratchy) and sometimes more the fragrant Basmati to the surface For me the absolute feel-good fragrance recommendation with addiction factor!
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Statements

BoBoChampBoBoChamp 7 months ago
8.5
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
A warm and gentle, rather linear and creamy/sweet oriental spicy-woody Mid season fragrance, slowly shifting to a musky earthy-woody base.
OmardoOmardo 8 months ago
8
Scent
nice creamy sandal, somewhat milky. very good.
PBullFriendPBullFriend 1 year ago
8
Scent
4
Sillage
Lovely soft warm sandalwood with a soft breath of rice. Beautiful & cozy. But $375 US for 100 ml??? Is there unicorn dust in here???
HajuvanaHajuvana 5 years ago
Milky-sweet sandalwood with performance of a neutron bomb. Easy on the trigger, tough guy!

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