Hi Posse. I just found a Santal Blanc sample in my perfume room. Absolutely zero idea where it came from. It looks to be the new remake in the bottle below because it comes in a white sample pack, also below. By the way, there has been a LOT of chatter over the new Les Eaux de Politesse bottles. I held them in Paris in 2019 and found them lovely to the touch, hefty but not heavy and a good spritzing size for me. How do you all feel about them?
I went back and read March’s 2007 take on the fragrance. Just so I could get a reference to see how much seems to have changed in the 20 years since Santal Blanc’s release.
Santal Blanc by Serge Lutens 2019 remake
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Benzoin, Fenugreek, Orris root, Jasmine, Copaiba balsam, Musk, Pink pepper, Rose, Indian sandalwood, Cinnamon
OOOOHHH! The Santal Blanc opening is cool and slightly metallic roses after a rainstorm. The fragrance sparkles like icicles for a minute or two and then we smell;l some major development. The spices come through and the odd, dark green depth of fenugreek comes through. Most non Indians will tell you that cardamom is the flavour that finishes an Indian curry and makes your taste buds stand up and sing. They are right to a point but it is a whisper of fenugreek that does all the hard lifting and really gives it life. Fenugreek also makes your sweat and wee smell like maple syrup, even the most minute amounts. Here it has been tamed and watered down to manageable levels but still it is a game changer.
I want to say I smell the jasmine or some white flower but I’m not sure if it’s me smelling it or the note list giving me direction.
The opening settles and the fragrance really seems to melt into my skin and become a part of me. There is nothing brash or audacious about the heart of Santal Blanc. It is soft but beautiful. Warming through I’m picking up mainly that creamy sandalwood but dialled back to about a two and some lovely resins.
Ahhh, so further down towards dry down the white flower becomes more pronounced.
I’m not entirely sure how much Santal Blanc has changed. I’d love to hear if you’ve tried old and new please.
Santal Blanc is one of the easy wear Serge Lutens fragrances. Well named in the new collection Les Eaux de Politesse, waters of Politeness! Wearable anywhere, even to work. A serene fragrance for both sexes that has surprisingly good longevity even though it’s no stellar diva. Low key loveliness.
Also, should you wish to sample this beauty Surrender To Chance has it.
So, did you or do you wear Santal Blanc? What do you think of the new-isa bottles?