12 reviews for Sandalwood Musk 1960 CO2
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Adam Michael has this to say “As I type it is April 30th 2020. Not long has passed since the days of sandalwood India gold s.p CO2. For those lucky enough to have purchased, I think all would agree it was a phenomenal bottled beast of sandalwood genius and well worthy of all the rapture and applause.
Over the last few years I have started to form the idea that with sandalwood productions, CO2 has a knack of providing a better end result than its E.O. counterpart. Maybe you will disagree, but for me CO2 always has more of a top, better projection, the aroma profile seemingly better throughout, smoother, creamier, even with the Australian sandalwood, notorious for having rough notes in its E.O form, comes out of the CO2 process beautified, mellow, smooth, rounded and simply showcasing magnificent body. Again though, just my thoughts but such that I am actively focused now on finding artisans to run custom sandalwood CO2 productions for me over the E.O.
So this leads me onto my next find, none other than Indian Sandalwood Musk 1960 CO2.
First let me say the producer estimates the wood used is at least 60 years of age (fallen trees) and it has been purchased through the forest department auctions. Next, the key santalol contents stands at 78%. This material is also alcohol and oil soluble and subject to weight is brown to very dark brown in colour.
First, to be clear, this material like so many sandalwood materials being a base note, needs to be evaluated on a smelling strip or better still on the skin and not straight from the bottle.
Applied to the smelling strip, and within a few minutes, the opening notes are all out classic vintage, instantly recognisable sandalwood, bursting with indulgent smooth wood nuances, tinged with warm trace spice, bellowing creamy milky buttery aspects, addictive bright fluffy cloud musk scented qualities plus notes resembling lightly toasted hazelnuts and coconut shavings.
To expand on the musk character, it best resembles and leans strongly in the direction of inhaling our ambrettolide natural isolate – albeit possibly better, that fulsome saturated musk aroma, really clean, soft, delicate, sweet, addictive and powerful all in one, playing harmoniously together with the lush aged creamy sandalwood facets. I must also pick up on the nutty/hazelnut note, found at the start, a little toppy, exudes a somewhat rawness that will fade out over the period of about 30 ish minutes.
This all follows on by a brief interlude of dry, dusty, powdery qualities that are clearly sandalwood orientated but yet manage to give an impression of smelling aged Texan cedarwood and tonka beans, lightly sprinkled with a dusting of chocolate.
For about the next 12 hours on the strip, it is mostly as above, creamy sweet, indulgent sandalwood, musk clean, with varying coconut gourmand qualities. After this time on the strip what we have is a lighter, sweet sandalwood saturated with a musk mustiness like that found within angelica seed e.o and clear impressions of coconut ice cream, really lactone rich, nutty, sweet qualities galore, a true gourmand note and still with the now lighter but very present and noticeable sandalwood character sitting in the background. Also at this stage the sandalwood notes are far creamier, sweeter, pronounced and more mouth-watering than that of our Mysore produced sandalwood which for the record is on average now produced from wood of around 30 years of age.
Approaching the 40 hour mark on the strip and the aroma is now more of an intimate affair, to be expected yes but the musk notes are still prominent, bright, sparkling with a fizz and gentle pop sensation about them, and tucked just behind you find those joyful creamy saturating sandalwood facets.
Applied to my skin, subject to the amount applied – from a faint to a generous swipe, the aroma lasts for 3 to 5 hours, starts up properly after 15 minutes and during this time the aroma throughout is rich warm woody sweet, powdery, Oriental light spiced, with trace vanillic and gooey burnt caramel hues.
To sum up, a profoundly calming, soothing on the senses aromatic ride throughout and of a standing far superior to the regular cultivated offerings available today. A material that whilst structurally predictable is of real beauty that only age affords. A work of aromatic genius on the producers side, sublime musk qualities, soulful creamy woody aspects in the core, utter perfection throughout, slower to start up than India Gold yes, but this delivers more and again in a structurally organised sandalwood form. I have no hesitation in marking this as 10 out of 10 material and am grateful to have this within our offering. Within perfumery, has great fixative value, a must for improving and adding aged qualities within sandalwood accords, musk creations, pairs well with roses, sambac jasmine, ouds, champaca and beautiful within incense accords.”
Botanical Name: Santalum album
Santalols Content: 78%
Ray H (verified owner) –
Just wait till u catch a breeze and smell your self…
Its a real treat..
Glad ive added this to my collection..
Great job guys !!!
Václav L (verified owner) –
I’ve never smelled such delicate, rich, intimate sandalwood .. wonderful!
info35 (verified owner) –
bright at the beginning , then sensual, slightly resinous and a hint rubbery. Not smokey. Just love it.
Charalambos Charalambous (verified owner) –
Soft and velvety almost ethereal..almost like its not a typical woody distillation and indeed it can go to the ambrettolide natural isolates notes direction..but after a while the richness of sandalwood rises up to take its place..its throne!!..warm, creamy and very slightly musky and its like you detect that freshly cut wood and the burnt dust around it..that’s the beauty of sandalwood
Rob Lloyd (verified owner) –
This Sandal is truly Magical – It is a real must have…
Aleksey P (verified owner) –
This is one of the next gems in my collection of sandalwood scents – thanks to Adam! Indeed, a very vintage fragrance, multi-faceted, mysterious – with a truly oriental character, the personification of oriental luxury. Its charm will not leave anyone indifferent. It is a combination of power and tenderness, male and female. Wood, earth, moss, musk, nut, fudge, subtle spicy and floral notes. This is only part of the associations that arise in the study of this rarity.
dnushaj (verified owner) –
Beautiful material. It is totally different than any of the steam distilled material. I find this has a soft, woody character, with great staying power. It is not the creamy Mysore star that so many are after, I think the “musk” here is really true, the character is of a white-musk that almost resembles human skin. For people that are not keen on using animal-derived products I think this can contribute a certain “sexiness” that is hard to match.
benparkes21 (verified owner) –
Opening with a rich creaminess and warm wood shavings, this quickly settles on the skin to become an intimate affair where its distinctive qualities start to reveal themselves. It evolves in an interesting way in that each facet seems to shine multiple times: just when you think that aspect has gone, it pops back up again to say hi. This is a beautiful, classic sandalwood, with the added benefits of a subtle ambrette musk and a nuttiness that reminds of melting butter in a pan as it starts to turn brown. Along with a delicate cocoa-vanilla sweetness and coconut cream you’ve got yourself a gourmet treat, making it a solid anchor to all the scents it mimics. Delicious!
James (verified owner) –
A sandalwood oil with a slightly unusual peppery, spicy element which makes it very intriguing. Would work particularly well in an oriental blend.
Si Ying Chen (verified owner) –
Its aroma is very deep, soft, sweet-woody, with a very long, full-bodied, balanced, extremely sweet and creamy-smooth drydown. Very beautiful!
Patrick E (verified owner) –
This seems like one of the thicker Sandalwoods in my collection. It took a bit to soak into paper and begin to emit its pleasant beauty. I love creating bases that last a long time and I have a feeling that this will be one of the longer lasting Sandalwoods (though most seem to have reasonably long performance). Its rich with hints of animal or musky notes – and still a sweet joy to bury my nose into. I love when I find oils rich and deep, yet still soft and warming. This is a keeper!
manuel (verified owner) –
Superb! Truly Superb! The most sensual, rich, sweet, musky sandalwood I have ever come across .