Hi Posse, You already know how much I love the Cartier premium range Les Heures de Cartier if you’ve been reading for a while. Onward from that range they’re in house nose Mathilde Laurent has been signing off on a broader range built around oud. Oud and Santal is from the 2016 release in this range. The first came in 2014.
Last year I bought a set of travels from a seller on FB here in Oz. I think they’d arrived just before we went on a vacation and had been put away. They had sat untouched in a box of samples and travels. I’ve just rediscovered them while doing New Idea 2023 and rummaging through stuff. Seeing this gorgeous little bottle got me all excited. Truth be told I think the travel is more gorgeous that the FB. I’m sniffing and wafting it today and sharing the experience with you all.
Oud and Santal by Cartier
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Sandalwood, Agarwood (Oud)
I’d like to first comment on the steep rise in prices of many premium lines. Seriously, I’m pretty much out of the market now. AU$495 is well beyond my comfortable spend even for the very good stuff. Especially at only 75ml. That’s a LOT of cash, and AUD$6.60/ml. I remember when that was buying extrait kinda price. Now CHANEL Gardenia extrait is over AUD$22.ml. The world has gone crazy.
Minty, band-aid oud with a dark medicinal sweetness. Not in a big confrontational way. It is a very company friendly oud, I think it would fit well for wafting through an art exhibition or something fun with friends. There’s that interesting oily/fishy/metallic note that must be a particular note that niche loves. It always catches my attention because it runs right along the knifes edge of gorgeous and disgusting. I’m constantly drawn to my arm trying to make up my mind. It’s part of an amber construct, I think. It may also be part of the medicinal oud structure. Like sucking a cold wet slightly oily spoon.
The Oud and Santal sandalwood never hits that creamy woods we so often associate with it in perfumery. Here it is stark and lightly eucalypt minty and mineralic, like the opening of Australian sandalwood. Much less cuddly and far more dark. It’s a very interesting treatment. I like it a lot but can’t imagine this getting the same amount of wear here as Santal+++ or Samsara.
Dry down is a cool, metallic oud/wood combo that remains aloof all the way to dry down.
Surrender To Chance has some of this series but not Oud and Santal.
Have you, would you, try Oud and Santal?