17 reviews for Sandalwood India Gold Super Premium CO2
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Special Note: Adam Michael here, as I type it is 12.20am on the 25th April 2020. Exactly 4 months ago I introduced this masterpiece artisan material (below) and now the final bottles have sold. I would never usually add such additional notes, but this was a truly remarkable material, a genuine work of aromatic art of the very highest order, the type of sandalwood few ever get to experience in this day and age. To those lucky enough to have purchased I sincerely hope this material will be treasured and enjoyed for many years to come. Compliments to the artisan producer.
Adam Michael has this to say “I am immensely proud of this Indian sandalwood CO2, this is without hesitation, benchmark of excellence, modern day holy grail material. Artisan oud vendors of whom dabble in sandalwood would be proud of this among their offering, it is that fantastic. Apply a swipe of this on your skin and your immediate environment is all heavenly, joyous, mighty god like of old sandalwood for 7 hours plus. On the strip this is 20 days plus and this is both alcohol and oil soluble. This is like smelling a batch of e.o from the mid-eighties, it truly has an incredibly aged character vibe about it.
I have been evaluating possible new suppliers for Indian sandalwood since the summer of 2019. As soon as I encountered this batch, I jumped on it. This is my signature piece sandalwood oil, thus the Gold Super Premium tag.
Now, sandalwood oils, being a base note, can be quite slow to get up and running, and are usually, not always, but usually, a somewhat close to the skin and intimate affair throughout when used as a standalone material. More so now as the standards of what is deemed as good sandalwood has fallen off a cliff in recent years and the material from Australia produced S.album logs is decades away from ever being anything remotely as satisfying on the senses as the age gone by Indian produced material.
This sandalwood thankfully is instantaneous gratification, an aromatic body that is mature, fulsome, a full throttle high octane pleasure ride if you will. A stand out feature of this material is that for a naturals sandalwood oil, it is incredibly bright and toppy, yes toppy, rich, warm, voluptuous, smooth sandalwood notes throughout. Powdered facets that have the most delicate of spice traces and of which cumulate in a marriage made in heaven with the smooth warm woody heartwood character. And creamy aspects that are entwined with delicate trace vanilla scented playdoh qualities. Honestly this is simply an outstanding bottle of sandalwood oil, the best I have ever been able to obtain in my so far 14 years at Hermitage Oils. Subject to volume, golden yellow to brick red in colour, and thick, resinous gloopy in appearance. Produced from plantation Indian S.album logs and purchased directly in this instance from the producer.
Uses, personally this is a perfume in its own right and I feel it is a true shame to add anything to this material. However if you are creating a sandalwood base, and want to keep it all natural, and want power in the top through to base, then this is a 100% no hesitation purchase. My last naturals release of 2019 (25/12/19) and arguably the best natural aromatic of 2019 from Hermitage Oils.”
The 1 gram weight is provided in a clear glass vial with a swipe stick screw cap, and hand written label. 5 gram and 10 gram weights are provided in amber glass bottles with dropper inserts and screw cap. 50 gram weight is provided in a lacquered aluminium canister, plug and screw cap.
Botanical Name: Santalum album
Santalols Content: 71%
Robert (verified owner) –
Precious exquisite luxury! This is sandalwood at its finest, buttery, rich, creamy, round, sweet, smooth. 10 stars! Liquid gold. Made for timeless gods and Kings. Just a big fat calm royal WOW.
As suggested there is something more diffusive here than in most other sandalwood materials and yet it still seems to last forever on the skin without changing much (if at all) for the first 7 or 8 hours at least. Reliable and consistent throughout. Worth remortgaging your house over!
I’ll be very hesitant to mix this with anything at all (though maybe a couple of tried and tested compositions, I prob won’t be able to help myself!) but it honestly needs nothing in my opinion, it’s the true definition of simplicity meets complexity and I’d give my right arm for a kilo!
Esther Bohnhardt (verified owner) –
I’m very picky when it comes to sandalwood oils and usually I prefer distilled materials.
Now this one is a true gem. Opening with fatty, buttery notes that dry down into creamy, milky softness on my skin. Inhaling the oil from the bottle had a mood altering effect on me, calming and yet awakening, not sedating.
Only wish it would last longer on my skin, I got 3 – 4 hours.
Charalambos Charalambous (verified owner) –
Creamy soft and buttery sandalwood..although i have a lot of sandals from other companies this is creme d la creme of all..if you are a big spender you can imagine when blend it with a touch of musk or jasmine as an attar..but also you can buy a 50ml bottle and leave it aged for the future!
Ulla Pedersen (verified owner) –
Absolutely lovely. The best sandalwood I’ve ever experienced. It’s like floating in it a soft, warm scent when wearing it.
Konstantina B (verified owner) –
Perfect, perfect, perfect, I think its the best quality of sandalwood I ve ever bought, will definitely buy again
Thomas (verified owner) –
What to say ? Absolute pleasure… If you are a sandalwood worshiper, you NEED to get your hands on this rich, creamy and longlasting oil. It is worth every cent.
Stephen B (verified owner) –
Delicious old school sandalwood sweet creamy meditation – Keeps you sniffing and really chilled effects – Amazing. It is has been 16hrs now and I still get wiffs from a small swipe. My sandalwood pilgrimage has come to an end! Thank you Adam
KMF (verified owner) –
I agree with what everyone here has said– this material jumps out of the bottle with a toppy buttery, fatty scent and then dries down to the gorgeous creamy sandalwood scent you would expect. I personally believe this sandalwood needs to be blended to tame the unexpected butter top notes (that I am somewhat ambivalent about) until the exquisite dry down appears. A great material, I just prefer Hermitage’s Mysore Sandalwood since it is easier for a novice like me to work with!
Elize R (verified owner) –
I have smelt a few of different sandalwoods from all over the world and this is amazingly soft and almost vanilla-ey. Love it, can’t wait to use it!
ingvild (verified owner) –
What a beauty!
Just received this in the post today – and wish I could have gotten the 50 grams instead of the 5!! The best Sandalwood I have smelt.
Esta Bån (verified owner) –
This like old school Indian Sandalwood unctuous full of serenity and last for ages. I am using it as a perfume and it has projection and keeps reminding me its there throughout the day. Very special and I will have to stock pile this before its gone!
amine sef (verified owner) –
I have 8 different sandalwood oils, and this is the best i have ever smelled. Sandalwood is usually a base note, but this has a clear top note, middle and base. Amazing product
Patrick S (verified owner) –
This is the best Sandalwood I’ve smelled in my life, its pure liquid gold!
Justine O’ (verified owner) –
Buttery, sweet, smooth, …a creamy lactonic with warm vein of toffee caramel, …almonds, a wood that is sweet and smooth, most of all: a softly-spiced marzipan or powdery mound of ground almonds, whose smooth, soft, damp and creamy dustiness is play-doh or bakewell tart, taken to a majestic level.
Very special, exalted, otherworldly … transports to another time and place and is long lasting, leaving you there to wallow away.
Aurelya (verified owner) –
When we heard that in a moment it will disappear from the store. We were glad that there was a sample in the package and we could smell it …. This one is a true gem. A very pleasant fragrance that immediately transfers to a distant corner of the world to jungle with some ancient remains of old culture … wonderful and amazing! Worth the price. You can feel the hand of the artist who created it. We immediately ordered 20 grams to have it for future in our collection.
Aleksey P (verified owner) –
Like the other types of sandalwood offered by Adam, this extract is a real find! A warm, sexy, soft, luxurious fragrance. A fragrance in which vintage sparkled with new facets, bright and charming. I have white sandalwood CO2 from another supplier, and I was expecting something similar. But the CO2 sandalwood from the Hermitage really lives up to its name – Gold. I like its depth, creamy shades, enveloping powderiness. A fragrance that embodies oriental bliss, smooth flow of life, contemplation. Under it, you can meditate for hours without noticing the time. And for the perfumer, it will be a real test to find suitable companions for him, so as not to disturb his harmony.
Galina G (verified owner) –
This sandalwood CO2 extract has become a gem in my collection of sandalwood oils. One of the softest and most delicate sandalwood fragrances. Liquid gold in a bottle.
Warm, creamy, sweet-balsamic opening turns into a colorful woody bouquet with exquisite musky nuances.
I buy such oils not for perfumery, no matter how strange it may seem. I enjoy them on their own, for the sake of feeling peace of mind, relaxation and immersion in a dream state.