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I have decided to thoroughly examine each fragrance from my collection and write a comment on it - I will start today with Santal Complet.
This fragrance opens almost alcoholically pungent with lots of coconut and sandalwood. Fortunately this impression lasts only for a short time, because it quickly becomes creamy with a slight sweetness. This sweetness decreases in the course of time - but never completely - and I enjoy the creamy melange of coconut on aromatic wood, which is probably softened by musk, amber and vanilla.
Thanks to the wood, I never perceive the fragrance as a gourmand - and although I don't like coconut in fragrances, in this case I am completely blown away!
The fragrance presents itself warm, soft (but never boringly soft due to the wood) and by no means pompous. For me, it is wearable all year round and almost signature-suspicious - despite the tidy sillage.
Now I will try to go into more detail about the scent pyramid and the process.
The name "Santal Complet" is appropriate, as the sandalwood is clearly the dominant note here, which never becomes dry woody, but is given a sweetness and creaminess by the coconut and probably also amber and vanilla, which I find delicious (also likes the creamy sandalwood in Samsara Extrait).
However, I do not consciously perceive the lemon in the top note, nor the violet and pepper from the heart note, which does not mean that I could exclude them - my nose is not trained that way :)
At the beginning the fragrance shimmers especially, unlike the scents, which quickly merge into a harmonious blend. In my opinion, this is what causes the slight tension between wood and coconut - but not as strong as I feel it in Bal d'Afrique.
Soon, musk, amber and vanilla from the base come more into play and dampen the tension and also the sweetness of the fragrance.
As if I am lying on (sandal) wood warmed by the sun, while a freshly whipped coconut and possibly a small candy, which I cannot define more precisely, is served to me. Maybe the warmth simply has a sweet effect on me.
In dry down, the fragrance reaches the level of a harmonious blend of the individual components - not without a little coconut or wood shimmering out from time to time All in all, the fragrance is now warm and soft (coconut) milky-creamy with a slight sweetness and spiciness. Delicious without smelling edible and unbelievably noble.
I like to smell myself and find it quite pleasant to smell like that.
I would classify the fragrance more feminine, but I have not yet smelled it on a man
If it starts almost pungent with a slight alcohol note, it becomes more and more creamy and harmonious in the course of time and gets something unbelievably noble!
I perceive the fragrance as a whole as warm, soft, sweetish and yet suitable for summer.
For me it covers the range from holiday feeling to Grand Soir.
In spite of its sweetness, "Santal Complet" remains wearable all year round and - appropriately dosed - at any time of day (except for sports).