Ramón Béjar is one of those lines that knows how to do simple well. There’s really no need for an intro with “Secret Sandalwood”. I think you can figure out what sort of fragrance this is.
Secret Sandalwood opens with something fruity and creamy that reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum. It’s a fruity ylang with a hint of greenness with humidity. I don’t know what secrets Secret Sandalwood has because it’s no secret that it’s a sandalwood perfume. Within minutes, it’s a milky, woodsy sandalwood that gets more balsamic with wear. It starts to remind me of sandalwood and an animalic ambergris. It dries down to a musky sandalwood that wears closely to the skin.
It may sound simple because it is. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a good sandalwood with creamy florals. It works for any occasion, any season.
Notes listed include bergamot, tiare flower, ylang ylang, sandalwood, vanilla and musk.
Give Secret Sandalwood a try if you like sandalwood perfumes. Or if you like perfumes like Malle par Dries van Noten, Diptyque Tam Dao, Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule and/or Tom Ford Private Blend Santal Blush.
Projection is average with longevity above average.
The 2.55 oz retails for $295 at Osswald.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A really good sandalwood with creamy florals. I’m not really into sandalwood perfumes. I love the note but I’m not so wild about sandalwood “singular” scents. They always seem like they need to be layered with something to make them work. And there’s no way I’m layering a $295 perfume! Anyway, if you like sandalwood, this is one worth sampling. Because, it is good.
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from geurengoeroe.com. Claire Trevor from permareperterras.wordpress.com.