Santal blanc 2001

Santal blanc by Serge Lutens
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Santal blanc is a perfume by Serge Lutens for women and men and was released in 2001. The scent is woody-spicy. It is still in production. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Benzoin, Fenugreek, Orris root, Jasmine, Copaiba balsam, Musk, Pink pepper, Rose, Indian sandalwood, Cinnamon

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Scent

6.9 (148 Ratings)

Longevity

7.4 (107 Ratings)

Sillage

6.0 (90 Ratings)

Bottle

7.6 (94 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 12.10.2020.
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9.5
Scent
8
Longevity
6
Sillage
7
Bottle
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Santal Blanc
Especially for this comment I took out of the cupboard my bottle, which I bought many years ago during my Serge Lutens phase.
Sandalwood was an occasional companion in my Age of Aquarius youth phase besides patchouli. Although I was more interested in patchouli. Later I got to know the wood as incense and here its true nature was revealed to me.
Okay, just upfront, this is not really a commentary to describe this perfume.
Sandalwood is only possible for me as wood when it is smoked in the classical way and there it comes, besides Palo Sonto, really excellent.
In perfumes, where woods often play an important role in the base only if it fits the overall composition. Similar to the bass, which determines the timing, in the beat together with the drums, which make up a certain piece. As the main scent, sandalwood is difficult... like here, although SL tried a worthy attempt here.
Here is a small excursus from the High Song of Salamon, when the Queen of Sheba, Salomon once paid a visit and brought sandalwood with her in her luggage...
.... There was no spice like this, which the Queen of Sheba gave to King Salamon. The people of Hiram and the people of Solomon, who imported gold from Ofir, also brought sandalwood and precious stones. And Solomon made of the sandalwood stairs in the house of the LORD and in the king's house, and harps and zithers for the singers. Such wood had never been seen in the land of Judah before. And king Solomon gave the queen of Sheba all that she pleased and all that she asked for, more than the gifts she had brought to the king. And she turned and went to her country with her retinue What she asked for is clear from history. It is important to know that the queen, who had previously heard from one of the wisest men, wanted a child from King Salamon.
This was the real reason for their visit. This great queen was inspired to be impregnated only by a truly wise man What do you mean she wanted a smart white man to be the father of her child. And she had the baby. It was Menelik the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba who founded the Empire of Abyssinia in 980 B.C.
Anyway, the sandalwood played a major role in the seduction arts of the Queen of Sheba.
And that is still the case today. Not that the fragrance should simply make you horny, rather it can open a space where a couple opens up to love before the fusion...

I think that Serge Lutens, who now lives in Marrakech, knew this legend well when he wanted to create an immortal monument to sandalwood with this fragrance. Chapeau, he totally succeeded.
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7.5
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not only beautiful on St. Patrick's Day
Still lazy in bed, I asked myself the daily question: "What fragrance will you take today?"
I was looking for something heavy, spicy, that warms and maybe lights a small fire inside me.
My thoughts hadn't gotten far when shortly after seven o'clock the house was once again shaking from construction work and reality, as so often in recent months, was loud and disturbing at the door.
I first pulled the blanket over me and covered my ears!

As thin-skinned as I was afterwards, my senses were reluctant to feel heavy heat; something light, preferably balmy, was needed Now, with the last fragrance package from dear Heikeso, a "six-pack" of Serge Lutens' "Wässerchen" had arrived: the flacons already testify to their "fragrance purity".

So "Santal Blanc" may accompany me this morning: it is simply a beauty in the fragrance.
Without the usual citrus freshness, which often bites and also cools excessively (I'm freezing all by myself!), this airy, spicy something gets by.
My first impression is: green, spicy - warmth, meadow!
The next moment I see myself as a child lying in an unmown meadow and enthusiastically chewing on the stems of the clover leaves: large blades of grass did it too, but I preferred fenugreek - the stems are thicker and therefore juicier! They also crack so nicely when you bite into them!
(Had my mum known what I "enjoyed" on these occasions, she would probably have been frightened after all)
This green-fresh spice meets pink pepper pretty soon; both get along very well and I can tolerate both! Jasmine, the large-flowered, not yet "stinky", but aromatic variety, and garden roses ensure that this elf-like creation is infused with a delicate floral scent right to the end.
Clear and pure and spicy, "Santal Blanc" has surrounded me so far; the balsamic nuances now appearing are very welcome to me, especially today: Iris root I can clearly see, anyway.
Their layer of scented powder seems to calm my senses, which are brushed against the line, to dampen everything a little A suitable dose of cinnamon adds the necessary inner warmth and benzoin resinous spice; but not in excess: "Santal Blanc" is very well balanced and thus musk and white sandalwood, very well known in Tibetan medicine, complete this composition in a very sympathetic way.
A light-footed scent creature that brings spices, flowers and balsamic treasures has settled on my skin.

While we both were on the way earlier, "Santal Blanc" withdrew a little: 5°C were probably, despite the sunshine, a little cool for this transparent air spirit.
But already at the supermarket checkout I was asked what the beautiful thing was that I smell like So this "curiosity flower" has probably immediately set about enchanting its environment again.

Sillage and shelf life here correspond to what I expect from fragrances of this kind: the fine yet spicy fragrance with the balsamic coat politely bids farewell after a few hours.
It clears the way for another fragrance - if you want one: what remains with me is a very delicate hint of "flowering nothing".

With "Santal Blanc" Serge Lutens has succeeded in calming my ruffled feathers of the same senses, stroking them gently over my hair and just being there.
This fragrance creation is nothing big, nothing exciting: but obviously just what I need at the moment.
And for that I am grateful and of course also curious how the other five siblings will feel.
Today I have probably found my fragrance companion for the time being.
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White sandalwood
Santal Blanc is a soft spicy musky sandalwood. Musk and iris justify its name - it really gives a feeling of “white sandalwood”. It opens sweet and has creamy woody notes. It’s not a warm kind of a scent but rather fresh, bright and cold. Santal Blanc is easy to like and it’s quite inexpensive. In fact, Lutens moved to the cheaper Les Eaux line together with Gris Clair and Fleurs de Citronnier. All excellent scents with great value for money.
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PBullFriend

301 Reviews
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Helpful Review    5  
my friend fenugreek!
This is a gorgeous, complex woody-spice scent. Many spicy Lutens scents aren't for me because of heavy cumin notes. But this one is warm and lovely and has no detectable cumin. To me, the most prominent note is the fenugreek, a Mediterranean spice that has a bit in common with immortelle in its unsweet maple syrup tang. The fenugreek is nicely supported here by the sandalwood, cinnamon, and pepper. I wear this when I'm going to be home alone, to savor its complexities and not look odd to others when I sniff and happily sigh. I've had mixed emotions about scents in which savory kitchen herbs and spices are prominent - generally hating cumin, tolerating basil, avoiding oregano - but this is a thing of beauty to my nose. It is, so far, the only Lutens with which I'm so in love that I have a full bottle.

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