Friday, October 16, 2015
Roger & Gallet Santal EDT Original Formula 1978
Aniseed, Tarragon, Caraway, Orange Blossom.
Leather, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Cinnamon, Tonka Bean, Basil, Oakmoss.
As a sandalwood fan, I'm always game on picking up a bottle of something I've never owned before. That goes double for a NOS with Box.
Now, if you happen to like your sandalwood slightly spicy, dry and a tad austere, you will undoubtedly enjoy this. Personally, I like creamy sandalwood interpretations the most, but I do have days where sparser is better. In spite of this being an Eau de Toilette, it wears close. It reminds me of Compania Delle Indie's Legno di Sandalo quite a bit; not only in aroma, but how it wears.
Santal has minimal development as the wearing ensues. I expected as much. Once the base accord reveals itself, it's a subtle turn of events that unveil a soft rendition of leather, basil and tonka bean on my skin. For the first 30 minutes or so however, a classic accord of edgy citrus accented with Tarragon is prevalent. The mild licorice quality hangs around into the base and drydown, which happens to be a nice touch.
All in all, Santal is a nice acquisition that has low to moderate sillage, but slightly better longevity at about 4 hours. This has a classic feel and would work well in an office or close quarters setting. Thumbs up from Aromi and as always, a sample wear is recommended.