I’d heard a bit about Guerlain’s new scent, Santal Royal, but didn’t think much of it since I figured it would be a while before it got to my neck of the woods. So imagine my surprise when on a quick zip through Neiman Marcus this weekend, I saw the rather handsome bottle spotlighted on a stand in the display corner of the Guerlain counter. Well, of course, you know I had to stop and spritz. Ten seconds later and I’m regretting it with most of my being and thinking, “Man, that was a very poor choice there, Annie-girl.”
Because, you see, I didn’t pay attention well enough when I read about it, or I would have seen that its notes included oud. And that, my friends, is what leaped off my wrist and walloped my nose immediately and kept up the barrage even some six hours later. (Why is it that a poor choice seems to hang in there for half a lifetime?) So I really couldn’t get an honest feel for the rest of the scent and the other notes. When I got home I grabbed for my rescue potion, Nuxe oil. That helped for when my wrist got near my nose, but the oud aura was still there, albeit somewhat muted.
It’s so frustrating to have such oud-hating skin. There a number of scents out there that I know I could wear and love if not for the inclusion of oud. I guess I should quit complaining and think of it as money saved and go on my merry way. I’m hoping that Patty, Anita, Portia or Tom can find some love (or like) for Santal Royal and give you a better idea of the scent overall.
And that is my tale of fragrant woe for the day. So please share with me: Have you tried a scent that struck you instantly as a poor choice immediately after spraying? One where you wish you had an instant rewind button? Or is there a note that consistently disagrees with you and plays spoiler whenever it’s included in a scent?