Launched in 2010 by niche line Le Labo, Santal 33 quickly became a cult classic. Once you wear it, you’ll understand why.
On me, Santal 33 opens with the metallic, green scent of violet followed by a dry, woody jolt of Australian sandalwood. I smell cardamom. Its spiciness warms the wood. There’s smoke, sensual and hypnotic, drifting over the smell of soft, worn leather. Just when I think this is getting a bit masculine in tone, powdery iris adds a sophistication to the fragrance that changes my mind. Cedarwood extends the woodiness and adds a beautiful, balsamy scent. Ambrox, musky and animalic adds a richness to the blend.
The drydown is like nothing else I own. It has an understated sensuality that beckons and pleases for hours.
Notes: Australian sandalwood, cedarwood, cardamom, iris, violet, smoke, ambrox and leather accord.