The Trail Of The Mystic Asia - Creed Original Santal
This is my first review of a perfume, hope all goes well. Will appreciate your feedback.
I was introduced to the niche side of perfumery via the Green Irish Tweed ( which i will also review later on ) and immediately became a devout Creed perfumes follower, Santal is my second foray into this newly found experience.
This fragrance was launched in 2005 by the House of Creed, and is still in circulation. 'Santal' is French for Sandalwood.
Touted as being an interpretation of the scent for Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary in the 19th century.
So here it goes......
a) Bottle : I would give this one a strong 9 on 10. Its the brilliant use of shades of red and slight yellow, that project a magnetic attraction. Frankly, it is what constantly allures me towards the bottle. The selection of this colour theme shows that Santal is by no means the clean, fresh, and green fragrance you have been looking for. The richly coloured and textured bottle invites you to the more sweet, tangy and spicy side of the mysticism of the sub-continent and is reminiscent of the 2 dominant notes in the perfume i.e. Cinnamon and Orange Tree.
Scent : Now about the juice, I would give it an 8 out of 10. For starters, kudos to Olivier Creed for such a bold divergence into unchartered territories.
This might just stand as a symbol of versatility in the House of Creed in its most accessible and mainstream form.
Now comes the first spray, and there is an instant burst of Orange Tree, Cinnamon and juniper berries at the start, which makes it have a very spiced up and wildly chaotic opening, after some time ( roughly 30 minutes or so ), we start getting a wisp of faint lavender, ginger and the still prevalent peppery aroma, however not a bit settled down.
Eventually, after a good 3-4 hours this scent settles into its base notes which are mild vanilla and as the name suggests a less over powering sandalwood and Creed- favourite ambergris.
Longevity: 8 out of 10. This would depend on the number of sprays and, the climate you live in.
I would have a good 3-4 sprays of this and it conveniently lasts for at least 5-6 hours, even though I live in a pretty hot climate.
Overall I would grade it 8.3 /10 ( a strong B ). This is a very good scent, to be used in the day in relatively cooler weather and at offices and even casual gatherings, but a definite NO for college hangouts.
I have read a lot of reviews for Creed Santal, ranging between good to mediocre, but the critical point comes in its comparison to Mont Blanc's Individuel and Joop Homme, this happens owing to its similarity in its smell, and the precedence of their release to Santal, which have led many to believe that Santal is hugely inspired by the latter 2 perfumes, and at such a hefty price its better to rely on the aforementioned designer perfumes.
Well, people we are talking about a house that prides itself in producing perfumes from pure, non-synthetic extracts of flowers, woods, spices, citrus fruits and infusions of ambergris and vanilla, hence the claim of being expensive is self-justified. The similarity should end only with the kind of smell, there is just no other comparison.
In conclusion, Creed gives us one of the best and most original takes on Sandalwood fragrance. Buy it with an open mind and you might just find yourselves basking in the ancient spice routes of the mystical subcontinent.
Pls let me know how you feel about this review.....