Saturday, February 26, 2011
Carlos Santana for Men
The first 2 rock albums I ever purchased were Santana Abraxas and Neil Young's Harvest in the very early 1970's. I would have never imagined Carlos being linked with a fragrance.....let alone one that has some merit. Almost 35 years later in 2005, his notes have changed from a patented staccato style to notes implemented in fragrance accords.
The first thing I noticed from 2 healthy spritzes of Santana for Men is that it's a rouge offering that has some substance......and more earth shattering for me is its similarity to one of my all time favorites; namely Shiseido Basala. Yes.......I said it.......Basala dammit. ( I was forced to do a side by side and while Basala was a shade brighter and one degree woodier, these two are so close it's scary).
Santana opens up on the skin already blended. It may smell this way because the accords from top to bottom are a bit unconventional in their structure. What normally passes as heart and base notes are in the top accord. I like it. The citrus and lavender are in the mix, but do not dominate the topnotes until they give way to the other culprits. They are implemented in the middle of the accords and it seems to work well. Cinnamon, wood and tonka ease their way into the aroma very evenly and eventually open the door for a smooth accord of musk, vanilla , cedar and a wispy apple note.
The transitions, however subtle, are there for the noticing if you put your mind to it; however, Santana for Men is more suited for wearing when one does not want to "focus" or concentrate on their fragrance. This is for spritzing it on and forgetting about it. It will do its thing.......and do it well I might add.
To finally stumble across a celebrity scent worth owning has made me happy. I'm not normally a rouge offering type of guy, but this ( along with Basala) most assuredly have a place in my drobe. Big thumbs up from Aromi for Carlos Santana and his musical juice.