I'll start my comment today with a Spanish hello, after I wrote the word "Hola" somewhere else (so not here on Parfumo, but in Whatsapp) without the H and was laughed at by a friend :D
Ola in Spanish means wave, and not hello!!
So... therefore I write Hola and hope that I can remember this for the next time :D
He he, so hello and have a nice evening :)
Today I introduce Santal Royal, a fragrance by Guerlain from 2014, which I admittedly ignored a little when I didn't like Oud at all. Even today Oud is not one of my favourite scents and probably never will be, but after many scent tests I realized that Oud does not always smell the same and in some scents it can even smell quite good. So that means that I don't ignore oud anymore, because among the oud scents there could be real treasures. Yes, it is such a strange thing with the Oud, which can smell depending upon smell combination even times completely differently.
In any case, sandalwood and eagle wood (i.e. oud) should be the focus of this fragrance and form an oriental fragrance. And since the scent is as mentioned by Guerlain, you usually have a good feeling about it anyway (you sound like a Guerlain fanboy now, don't you?)! Well, let's see!
I smell oud at the beginning, which already radiates well. In addition there are sour roses, sweet jasmine and fruity peaches. You can smell all the scents listed above very well, and everything combined actually results in a beautiful, oriental scent.
After that the leather soon appears, which makes the scent a little heavier and also a little more bitter. The scent is not bad in itself, but I just don't like leather in scents that much.
However, the leather doesn't seem to become much stronger later on, as the sweet scents gain a little more power instead, which at least makes me personally feel the scent more pleasant.
The sandalwood here is for the fact that it appears in the name of the fragrance, actually quite weakly failed, but nevertheless you can perceive its beautiful, balsamic soft fragrance. Perhaps he also makes sure that the leather and oud are not too strong, so that the fragrance is generally well balanced and therefore smells good.
A little later, the fragrance becomes sweeter, the jasmine seems to radiate more strongly again, but now looks less feminine than at the beginning of the fragrance. A little later the sweetness of the fragrance comes from the amber and not from the jasmine. The oud can still be smelled, but now it is much weaker. The later base is mainly woody and a little sweetish-balsamic. A quite nice fragrance, which I like well, but I still do not necessarily have to have it.
The Sillage and the shelf life:
The Sillage is high and strong, as one is used to from most scents with Oud as main scent. You walk around in a large scent cloud, so that everyone can easily perceive the scent at one or at one.
The durability is also very good and lasts at least twelve hours.
The bottle has the shape of most of Guerlain's "bees" bottles, except that it has a shiny black colour (and somehow it still seems to have a dark red touch?) and no bees have been worked into the glass. The dark colour works very well, especially with the elaborately designed golden label. The lid is also golden and shiny. The bow, which decorates the neck, was colored black-gold just as fittingly. A very nice bottle that is just as beautiful as most Guerlain bottles.
Yeah, I have to say that it was a mistake to ignore that smell just because of the oud in it back then. When testing the scent correctly I saw that Santal Royal is a very nice scent in which the oud smells okay. Sure, it's still nothing for me personally, because I'm not an Oud fan, but he doesn't smell bad and fans of Adlerholz can, or should take a look here.
An oud scent like this is often best used on cooler days such as autumn and winter. In my opinion, it is an all-rounder at these seasons, which can be used during the day as well as in the evening. The fragrance is also unisex. Even if the immediate beginning should still seem quite feminine (which is probably due to the sweet jasmine), the fragrance becomes more and more neutral just a few minutes after application, so that I feel it as unisex, as it is also indicated here.
So... that's it. Hey, see? I can also write commissions without having to talk big! But... don't get used to it too much, you never know what kind of bullshit might follow in the next comment, mu ha ha ha ha :DD