Santal Royal (2014)Eau de Parfum

Santal Royal (Eau de Parfum) by Guerlain
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Santal Royal (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Guerlain for women and men and was released in 2014. The scent is woody-oriental. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by LVMH.

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Perfumer

Thierry Wasser

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesNeroli, Jasmine
Heart Notes Heart NotesPeach, Rose, Cinnamon
Base Notes Base NotesSandalwood, Leather, Amber, Oud, Musk

Ratings

Scent

7.9 (375 Ratings)

Longevity

8.5 (317 Ratings)

Sillage

8.0 (323 Ratings)

Bottle

8.8 (321 Ratings)
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DemonHeadDemonHead 6 years ago

„Bending to the Middle Eastern Market”


This year Guerlain introduce a new scent intended for the Middle Eastern market; Santal Royal. With exclusivity limited to the new Salon de Parfums...
K1K1 5 years ago

„"The treasure of east" is not a material of perfumery, it's introversion...”


Here we have a doomed perfume by every single reviewer and critic. I criticize the responsible...
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Samy030
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Syrian Beauty
This is my very first comment, so I ask for a little indulgence :)

There's something magical about that smell. When I look at the scents I immediately think of a heavy typical arabic scent (Oud, leather), as you are used to from Tom Ford (No Front ;) )
However, I find this fragrance so fine and "delicious"... I think it is the rose that makes the fragrance so magical and special. I honestly can't smell the oud and leather. But the fragrance needs time to fully develop its floral oriental note. I usually wear it below 20 degrees and I don't know what to wear. An absolute everyday fragrance for me and already my 3rd bottle This fragrance is ideal as an "introduction" to the oriental world, as it is not so strongly oud.
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Salva
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Top Review    13  
Oriental Prince! Or is it king?
Hello friends,

the longer I am here in this great community, the more I realize how much I enjoy it here And not only to experience samples and bottlings, but especially to review tested and worn fragrances...
[...]

After I wore the usual synthetic classics like Invictus or Jopp Homme at the very beginning of my "career", I too, or rather my nose, developed and always tried and smelled different directions. After a while I came to the conclusion that I really like oriental fragrances; not to say that this direction is probably my favourite. So among others, I inevitably came across the Santal Royal by Guerlain...
[...]

"Santal Royal, fine and interesting name. Royal/Prince Santal? "Hmm, read something about that," I said to myself. As a result, I did some research and looked at the pyramid of fragrances, read some reviews here and researched other forums and sites. I also researched the term Santal. An indigenous people in the region around the south of Asia, native to India, Nepal and Bangladesh. "Hmm, mega interesting! Was not known to me. Could this people have anything to do with the origin of sandalwood?", I asked myself and continued my research. And yes, I was taught in seconds and learned that this wood, which is used so often as a fragrance, is actually found in India
Well, I liked the reviews and fragrances and I was so convinced that I actually dared to make a blind purchase at this price, which is quite steep for a designer... Yes, the subject of blind buying is always discussed here and there are certainly quite a few who, especially with flacons that start at the three-digit range and have no upper limits, don't do this out of principle (which I can fully understand and usually approve of!). But I was so convinced of the fragrance composition and my gut feeling that I had no doubt that I would not like it at all.
[...]

So I ordered the bottle about a month ago and the package arrived home in one week as usual. I opened it and had a bottle in my hands, which my eyes had never seen before in this form... "Very nice, really has something royal", I said to myself. I opened the lid and sprayed both my wrists in the usual manner... "Wow, that's an awesome smell! A bull's eye!" I was amazed at the opening. So the first impression was outstanding!
[...]

That same evening, I was invited to a birthday party of a former university fellow student (with whom I am a good friend) and of course, I seized the opportunity and sprayed myself with 5-6 sprays with the Santal Royal. Chic in jacket and shirt made me then on the way.
[...]
Once there, the birthday child greeted me with a warm hug and a left-right kiss... "Well, is this an Oriental? Suits you very well!" (It must be noted that she herself has been at home in the perfume world for much longer and is in possession of many scents).
The celebration went very well and I went home again sometime.
[...]

Woke up in the morning I could still perceive the scent a little bit on me. "Wonderful, it lasts a long time!" I said to myself, still lying in bed...
So the durability is really brutal on my skin. Very good 8-9 h he is present and the sillage must be very strong too, because the girlfriend noticed a few times at the party that she could perceive the scent very well from a few meters away.

Neroli and jasmine blossom are the two notes that make the fragrance smell so wonderfully fresh green and floral at first, but with a certain tart touch. After a short time, I begin to perceive rose (I've been a big fan of rose fragrances ever since I discovered the Cartier Déclaration d'un Soir EDT). It is surrounded by a dry peach, which I already know from the Floriental of the CDG's, and a minimally sweet note of cinnamon. The base is dominated by oud, which is said to have an aphrodisiac effect... And yes, for me the fragrance as a whole is incredibly sensual, aromatic and sexy! But also the musk and last but not least the sandalwood contribute to this, because they provide the fine-woody and velvety-warm base [...]

Conclusion:
As mentioned above, I had bought this fragrance without having tested it before. And it was a super lucky choice! It has an incredibly good scent quality as I think and is worth every cent! In the last few weeks I have worn it several times in the evening to go out and I find it the most suitable for such occasions. During the day I would wear it as well, but not in too warm or hot temperatures. Otherwise it is wearable all year round So if you are looking for a wonderful, wooden oriental fragrance in very high designer quality, mMn will make a very good catch with this one.
[...]

I hope you have taken something from the commentary and thank you as always to everyone for reading it.

VG
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Notyetbatman
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It gets better...
... even much better.

I tested this perfume for the first time at the Schnitzler in Düsseldorf, discarded it immediately due to the strong floral smell at the beginning, but took the test strip with me, together with a Spicebomb Extreme test strip
At home I smelled it several times on both stripes and thought the Spicebomb Extreme was exactly my case, but since today I know that the Santal Royal just completely displaced the other perfume
This mixture of spicy and sweet I like incredibly well, probably the combination of rose and cinnamon, which my untrained nose thinks to guess.

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Schoork
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Top Review    54  
Leap year commi
Every 4 years you have the chance to write a commi on February 29th and since I don't know what will happen in 4 years I take the opportunity to immortalize myself on this day I spent some time with the scent and before it really grabbed me, I thought that I was pretty much done with the oud/rose theme,
I myself was of the opinion that this was simply not my direction, some were well done but annoying in the long run, or others were not good at all.
So there was skepticism and time and analysis. If I were a pirate, it would be the curse of meticulousness
Now the first sprayer in a perfumery had already appealed to me. More than I had thought and the desire for an extensive test matured. By chance Jakobolino offered me a very cheap bottling, for this again thank you very much my dear Now I have worn it several times and my positive first impression has increased. Very amplified. About the same as back then, when I had something on my stomach when it suddenly smelled of fried bacon and the hot water bottle was too hot, but that doesn't matter now.

What makes the scent special to me is the fact that I don't perceive the typical rose/oud smell here, but I smell from the beginning a fresh juicy peach, embedded in jasmine and rose, which doesn't seem too strong to me, because I don't usually do myself with rose scents. Here it resembles a little bit the one from TF Noir de Noir and I think it's great. Exceptions just confirm the rule.

The whole thing is enriched with oud, but without the cowshed, but you think about the woody base, a little sweetness through cinnamon, but I do not perceive it directly, and the scent sounds woody through the increase of sandalwood, which admittedly goes down a little woody.
The whole thing is mild and round, nothing stings or annoys. The peach and yes you have to like it is permanently omnipresent and I like it a lot. It's something different than all the berries, bergamots, pineapple and co. you usually smell. Above all, there is no saffron here, which I find positive that they have not added it. So the scent is creamy rather than spicy and the fruity peach rocks!

The whole thing sounds to some people like a bird that claims to be able to sing operas, a bird that can sing arias, because I am not necessarily known for always being analytical, but here it was important to me, because this fragrance is only available in 100ml and I wanted to know if it was worth it for me. The question does not arise at the moment by the bottling which will surely still last until next winter, but now he has a good chance to move in
The durability is very neat and portable it is best in cool temperatures.
Yes, who would have thought it, I myself had a different idea about this scent and my prejudice was that this direction was not for Schoorkis. Prejudices are stupid. I mean, if you know someone who is half Spanish and half Polish, they won't steal your paella
So far I like it best from this direction, I can say that without a doubt. It is just something different and I also think that he is basically unisex. The fruity and floral aspects complement each other perfectly with the darker and woodier aspects.

Every time I wore it I liked it even more and it held even better, because the first time I thought it would not work for me, but it turns out again that you should test scents several times before you judge.

Sometimes it takes time, like with wine or even cheese. But not every cheese should lie around forever, otherwise you will have one of the founder feta.

So that was my contribution on 29.02. and I say goodbye to the weekend. Maybe I'll go jogging, although I'm in so little shape. Last time I was here, I wasn't even separated from my wifi. Well, let's see Skin clean!

S.
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Volker1964
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Very helpful Review    6  
Guerlain and Oriental, sounds exciting .
I really like Guerlain fragrances. I am also not averse to oriental scents. Can Guerlain also speak oriental ? Let's see, here we go Top note
Quite successful. Slightly sweet floral notes, very full-bodied and pleasantly present.
The oriental touch is, not too strong, skillfully incorporated.
Heart note
Sweetness of a ripe peach, noble roses, rounded off with a pinch of cinnamon. Very balanced and well presented. A little wood makes itself felt. Something elegant and valuable.
Base
Oud steps forward, fine leather and musk join in. Sandalwood I perceive, but quite discreetly. Leather and oud characterize the base. The appearance becomes more discreet.
Conclusion
Guerlain has succeeded very well in making an oriental fragrance pleasant and presentable for western noses. It is very noble, elegant and very well made. If the classic oriental fragrances are too heavy, strong or too special for you, you can test this fragrance mMn times. I like to wear it on weekends in my spare time. With me it lasts 6-8 hours
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K84

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K84
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Multidimensional and perfectly blended
A masterpiece by Thierry Wasser that opens semi sweet thanks to the amber, peach and cinnamon that keeps evolving to an amazing sandalwood scent mixed with some florals and end up in an amber-y base mixed with top notch oud, leather and rose. This is one of the most complex fragrances that I have as it goes through a lot of phases during its life. Fruity, woody, sweet, leathery...I couldn't say this one is three dimensional. I prefer to say that this one is multi dimensional as each note and accord can be clearly perceived and there are around 10 different phases/stages in its life. Even though I don't distinguish between seasons or moments to wear a fragrance I've experienced that this one works better in the night time and when the temperature cools down. Currently one of my favorite scents amongst my collection.
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HugoMontez

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HugoMontez
HugoMontez
Helpful Review    1  
Synthetic peachy Egoiste
Everything in this line seems very pretentious. I'm not a fan, to be honest. I love Guerlain but this line is very synthetic in a bad way. I liked Ambre Eternel (discontinued) and this one is not that bad but the others are very forgettable.
This is an opulent Rose-cinnamon-woody fragrance. Could be named Canelle Royal or Rose Royal but not Santal Royal. The sandalwood is minimal and very synthetic. It opens with freshness and sweetness, right away. A tiny bit of neroli in a Cinnamon-Rose bomb. As it starts to drydown, a strong Peach note appears too and shines especially in the mid, giving more sweetness and some femininity. The Oud is very soft and syntethic (again) and only plays in the background, just giving some depth to the fragrance.

Overall, gives me a synthetic Egoiste vibe but more oriental and fruity and not so good, of course.

Excellent performance though.

EDIT: I reach for this many times in this Fall and although I prefer Amber Eternel, this is good. I give one more star to my rating for the overall experience.
3/5
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Asasello
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Top Review    13  
A comment that is actually superfluous, but nevertheless
i want to say a few words about this already much described fragrance - yes, probably it is already "written out", because it says everything essential - even if it is only to become clear to myself why this fragrance takes me. But wait! "Take" may not be the appropriate term, because it promises too much, perhaps I should leave it at the word "please", because that seems to me to come closer to my relationship with Santal Royal.

What is this?! I had already written off rose scents, because the rose often becomes too dominant for me and after a while usually also too annoying; also some noble rose-ud combinations could not really convince me, but I like oud (much to my wife's chagrin). But after the comment of a perfumistos I admired very much, I wanted to give this fragrance a chance and I must say that I can win Santal Royal something, with increasing time more and more.

In fact, this is a perfume that I like to give the time it takes to unfold in all its beauty. It is like a young wine, which one should not drink at all yet, one did not want to be considered in wine connoisseur circles as a "child murderer". If you leave it open long enough, however, it will undergo a development in a few hours, sometimes even in days, which it would otherwise only undergo in the closed bottle in the course of one to two years, occasionally even three or even more years. But I digress...

Santal Royal does not need days to unfold, but its true quality is revealed after hours (or should it be called first?), when tamed oud and sandalwood are clearly perceptible. Clear means here, however, in a very pleasant way. I didn't notice anything of sandalwood for a long time. An inkling of Oud, on the other hand, was already there after a short time, until it became a certainty with increasing time. Therefore, the fragrance changes without losing its heart, the rose, of course. But that's exactly what amazes me, who doesn't like Rose that much. In my opinion, the rose is present from beginning to end, very clearly, but at the same time restrained enough not to be intrusive. It gives the fragrance composition a structure, in the case of wine one would probably speak of the tannin framework. Although I am far from being converted as far as the rose is concerned, this fragrance has a lot more to offer, because the rose is accompanied by some other satellites, of which I can clearly identify the two already mentioned, but also others, without being able to identify them exactly. Towards the end I mean to recognize echoes of other scents I know. Oud Royal by Creed comes to mind, while Santal Royal seems more complex. TF's Oud Wood also knocks on the door. It should be this warm tamed oud that reminds of these two cousins of Santal Royal.

What do I want to say with all these words?! I'm afraid I can't quite... To get to the point: Santal Royal, as disappointed as some of you may be when you measure it against older Guerlain sizes, I want to take up a lance for him from the point of view of modern times. For me, it is not a scent that loudly expresses its presence, nor is it a scent that immediately takes me for itself, but that with increasing time turns out to be a composition in its very own sense and shows that its creator masters his craft
Perhaps another summarizing sentence: I am fascinated to a certain extent, without being enthusiastic at the same time, but feel confirmed in the fact that my new hobby, my discovered passion for scents, is a quite excellent affair. In this sense, this commentary is merely a plea for the art of scent and the granting of time.
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Jakobolino
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Confess at last....
I kind of have it with Oud. Well, I admit it, I like that precious substance. One man's oud is another man's frankincense. That's the beauty of this hobby (addiction). Since I've been active here, my view of things has changed.
While reading other comments and statements I often discovered that I was probably not alone with it. The emphasis is on war. The tolerance discovered here with the help of writing was transferred to other things. And I don't want to miss the resulting serenity anymore.

Yes,another Rosen - Oud, I'm sure some of you would have thought, sniffing Santal Royal. I can't deny it. But he's very special to me. He smells like cinnamon, rose and honey. He's not in there. I suspect here a beautiful interweaving of cinnamon and peach in the overall picture with oud, which triggers this honey association. And yes, it's bulky.
A typical Guerlain. A fragrance with corners and edges. But just that's what I love about him.
Smooth ironed? Not my world!

The durability and projection are very good and the bottle is a feast for the eyes.

So, to all friends of cinnamon, rose and oud I can only give you a clear test recommendation. And please, give him some time. It is by no means a scent that you should try in passing. He needs some time to unfold. If you give them to him, he will present all his splendour and elegance. And we should take this time much more often. Maybe this is also a way to more serenity and tolerance.

Your Jakobolino
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Jazzy76

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Jazzy76
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Really "royal"
A minute of silence, please. Let Her Majesty the Rose with her court of warm woods go in the palace .
Yes, sir, this is a royal scent. Not only for the adjective. However, in spite of the name "Santal" (French word for Sandalwood), the main actress is the Rose , married to a wonderful, deep, vibrant and intoxicating oud. it's the perfect accord. All around, spicy-woody oriental notes and a light flowery touch given by the White flowers (neroli and Jasmine) at the opening, but these gentle and feminine notes are only suggested, so this scent could be perfect for men too and in every case I think that some masterpieces are genderless .
The sillage is powerful and the longevity surprisingly good. A true sacred perfume to wear in fall-winter, expecially by night or in your special occasions.
The bottle seems almost to hide the precious scent inside and maybe is less precious than the ones of the historical collection . Anyway, a refined black packaging suggesting something very special and mysterious.
The price is obviously very high, but ...noblesse oblige!
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TRehfTRehf 3 days ago
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Rose-Oud fragrance that stands out. Truly royal appeal. Very complex and refined. Unisex, but 25+. Autumn till spring. Has a sensual edge.
Carlitos01Carlitos01 16 months ago
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Nice oud-rose combo, similar to Montale's Dark Aoud in my opinion. It's not really an unique scent and misleads sandalwood fans.
ItchynoseItchynose 17 months ago
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The rose is more masculine than usual; oud more feminine than usual; sandalwood nowhere to be found. Smooth leather in the background. Nice.
Jazzy76Jazzy76 24 months ago
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A Woody -oriental unisex masterpiece made gentler by the rose touch giving a touch of freshness. A SacredSacred perfume with a wonderful sillage

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