Reviews and Problems with Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule
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Santal Majuscule by Serge Lutens
16 January 2013
Summary: Sandalwood, Rose, Cocoa, Tonka Bean. Anyone who has previously perused this blog knows by now that I really enjoy certain interpretations of sandalwood. The ones that don't ( or can't ) live up to expectations are ones that I usually find some redeeming things about. As is normal for The Serge, this rendition is somewhat unconventional and not what I anticipated. That's not to say Santal Majuscule isn't viable, because it is.
Summary: The long-awaited arrival of another creation from Serge Lutens has come to fruition. I sat with bated breath in anticipation of something new from the spice master himself. This Fall's release however was an unfortunate experiment with a huge lack of creativity entitled Santal Majuscule. Santal Majuscule invokes memories of so many other important Serge Lutens fragrances it make me dizzy.
Summary: Thanks to my dear friend Ysbrand I have a sample of this to ruminate over ... and I must say that as a widely publicized Lutens sceptic, I find Santal Majuscule more accessible than many others from this house I have tried. I'm not going to rush out and buy it ... but I find myself in the position of giving it a favorable review :). It's the delicious Rose, of course, that causes the smile on my dial ...
Summary: Santal Majuscule is introduced by the brand as a big fat sandalwood, in capitals. The ingredient list is short: sandalwood, cocoa, rose (top/heart/base) For a start , even if the structure is far from linear, the ingredients are all noticeable from the beginning. As well, i would say that sandalwood is as important as the rose, but is the tannic cocoa what makes this fragance so captivating. The opening is, as expected, big and daring.
Summary: I have 7 of this fragrance house scents and I adore them all, this is a lovely wood fragrance that's sweet but not sugar or honey sweet and not harsh, I like the smell from the bottle but more so on my skin. Sandalwood and oud are great when done well, this is a good sandalwood smell blended well.
Summary: This is a glorious sandalwood fragrance. I adore sandalwood, but find many such fragrances too " masculine". This is a sweeter, more feminine sandalwood, with rose and chocolate notes, although it could also smell wonderful on a man. I found the service, the gift wrapping and the competitive pricing at Escentual to be second to none. I shall purchase here again without hesitation. For all you sandalwood lovers, this newly created fragrance will not disappoint.
Summary: I am a longtime fan of SL's other sandalwoods and fragrances in general, but this one has really captured my heart. It instantly gives the most radiant impression of true Indian sandalwood and then as it warms on the skin there is a light, sweet rose, which reminds me of the rose/chamomile combo in Sa Majeste but without the greenness. Totally appropriate for women and men alike.