Liquid sunshine: Santalove is a warm, luminous, gripping embrace. A fragrance of few notes and startling intensity, Santalove projects a natural confidence that we suspect is imbued with some deific reinforcement. Imagine the natural scent of Hercules or Helen of Troy, children of a god and mortal, who appear normal but emanate an otherworldly charm: such is Santalove, in scent. Ylang-ylang is a remarkable, beaming, floral energy. Sweet and slightly pollen-rich, ylang-ylang is enlivened by a searingly spiced bergamot, that appears to be more zest than fruit.
The heart and inspiration of Santalove, sandalwood explodes into a multitude of textures. On the one hand, this woodsy core is an invisible powdered effect that seems to turn all elements in its reach, into rich, dry mounds of tiny grains. In another guise, sandalwood is brilliantly colored, a green so vivid and dense it absorbs every neighboring note, and refashions them, a verdant King Midas’ touch. Vanilla assists in the integration of floral, acid and wood, filling in the spaces between each note so that Santalove never feels basic. Tonka bean ensures that vanilla’s synthesizing work stays lighthearted, maintaining that liberated, incandescent edge that defines this fragrance. Gleaming, ebullient and surprisingly approachable, Santalove is a sensual, holy rendering of sandalwood, that evokes its complex, enlivening powers. As adaptable as the ingredient that inspired it, Santalove is a mythically long lasting, simple success.