Hermes Santal Massoïa reminds me of an impressionistic painting of fog. It’s a soft, misty suede woods. A must try fragrance for anyone interested in perfume or for anyone curious about Jean-Claude Ellena’s signature style.
Santal Massoïa is a suede wood that opens with a bitter fig and rubbery aloe vera. It’s misty and muted, reminds me of a “greige” shade. Up close I get a black licorice and creamy woods and this is what Santal Massoïa dries down to – bitter woods.
Notes listed include sandalwood and massoïa. PERFUMER – Jean-Claude Ellena
Give Santal Massoïa a try if you like warm, woodsy fragrances. Or if you like perfumes like Serge Lutens Un Bois de Vanille, L’Artisan Parfumeur Bois Farine, Olfactive Studio Lumiere Blanche, and/or Humiecki & Graef Bosque.
Projection and longevity are below average. That is everyone’s complaint about this fragrance. It doesn’t really bother me because it fits into the artistic direction of this fragrance. Santal Massoia is a mist, it’s foggy but never thick. And like all fog, it vanishes in a few hours.
Hermès Santal Massoïa is available at Hermès boutiques. The 3.4 oz spray retails for $240.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A fog of creamy woods. It’s genius.
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