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€12.30 – €4,200.00
Sandalwood Indo Gold CO2
Adam Michael has this to say “Ok, let me warn you all in advance, I have got very lucky (09/06/22) and pulled off a real score here, so expect product content loaded with positivity, joy and plenty of superlatives!
This aromatic came about because I don’t leave any stone unturned. I became aware of this producer a few years ago, however due to falling in with some Indian producers I never looked at what this Indonesian producer was able to offer. But thankfully I did write his telephone number down in my contact book. A small diary sized leather bounded book that is stuffed to the brim with names and numbers of producers.
Now as most know, the Indians in question proved to be one-time wonders, sad but genuinely true. For me, in the moment, they showed us all a glimpse of sandalwood paradise in varying artistic forms, but also these producers showed us that they didn’t unfortunately have the skills to keep grinding out the results.
So recently, I was looking through my contact book, I noticed this Indonesian producer and made the telephone call. A few weeks later this sample submission followed, and low and behold I came away so impressed that I put in an order a few days later.
What I love about this Indo Gold is that true to CO2 form, it has a warm creamy woody buttery bright opening with a hint of lemon-orange candied freshness, cedarwood atlas character and tinged with gourmand qualities of sorts that is a little reminiscent of smelling bran absolute and Play-Doh. This opening also partly reminds me of the smell of homemade creamy-rice pudding with nutmeg spice worked into it. The smoothness of this aromatic is clear as day whether applied on skin, strip and even when directly compared with some of our more fancy Indian offerings.
The engine here is once again animalic tuned – clean-musky, clean-human skin and ambergris. At times I find leathery-woody-resinous tonalities, and scent that reminds me of walking into a carpenters work room, that instant explosion of wood shavings, freshness, dampness, dryness, sweetness, a smorgasbord of woody scents are all present here throughout. And in keeping with Indonesian materials I again find the saturated roasted nutty-wood DNA, different to our Kupang e.o though, as there is zero sharpness here.
Santalol content comes in at 70%, produced from S.album logs estimated to be around 50 years of age, a select extract, golden-amber to syrup-red in colour subject to weight/volume, of a slightly thick gloopy viscosity, and from 0.5ml applied on my forearms (neat) I get a respectable five hours of solid wear before the scent slowly fades away. Everything considered this really is a damn fine bottle of sandalwood that I think all sandalwood enthusiasts can enjoy : )
Botanical Name: Santalum album
Alcohol Soluble: Yes
Oil Soluble: Yes
Wholesale weights (all prices excluding vat): 50G = 300 Euros. 1 Kilo = 4200 Euros.