Treat Montale’s Santal Wood like a return to the thing in itself – the sandalwood note, often hard to find championed in isolation. What Montale has done here is clever: highlight the eponymous note and doing so by bolstering its best features. There’s the earthy sparkle of nutmeg, balanced with Madagascan black pepper. Present at its heart is cedar, and when dosed lightly, it adds a refined and noble spicy-woody feel that compliments the creamy smooth hues of sandalwood.
Editor's Notes: With a title as direct as Santal Wood, it is safe to say that this Montale scent is true to its name. This is essentially a sandalwood scent, and without losing sight of this creamy and elegant base note, it is brightened with the salty lick of a marine accord up top, seasoned with the aromatic gin and pine aspects of juniper berry. Then moving into a warm oriental base of nutmeg, pepper, and cedar, this fragrance is a study of sandalwood and its many dimensions.