Santal de Ceylon
Botanical Name: Santalum album
Origin: Sri Lanka, 2021
Process: Hydro distilled essential oil
Perfumery Use: Excellent fixative
Distilled from wild santal roots in 2021, this is a gorgeous Sri Lankan sandalwood oil oozing with notes of gourmand woodiness throughout.
Unlike many other Sri Lankan santals which open with sharp piney-camphoric top notes – which I also adore – this oil is all about deeply rich base woods from the get-go.
Opening with freshly sawn woods alongside perhaps a slightly lactonic touch, it soon begins to transform into a sweet honeyed profile that reminds me of powdered almonds and tonka bean’s coumarinic marzipan-like goodness.
This golden-hued coumarin-like sweetness balances out a base of freshly sawn, almost dark red woods throughout the oil’s journey, with some creaminess, and perhaps even a slightly musky animalic warmth deep down in its layers adding to its beautiful complexity and depth.
Overall, with its rich woody character and gorgeous sweetness, this makes for an exceptional sandalwood oil to wear neat. I also think it would work fantastically in blends and macerations, especially where musk or civet is used and/or a strong woody character is desired.