I recently took a trip to Barneys NY in Beverly Hills and, like all trips to Barneys, I ended up in the fragrance department getting high off the fumes. I sat down at the Le Labo counter and starting indulging my senses....fragrances in front of me, women's designer shoes to the right of me...heaven on earth.
While sniffing my way to intoxication, I decided to take a whiff of the mens scents and, well, let me just directly quote their website:
Do you remember the old Marlboro ads? A man and his horse in front of the fire on a great plain under tall, blue evening skies - A defining image of the spirit of the American West with all it implied about masculinity and personal freedom.
This man, firelight in his face, leaning on the worn leather saddle, alone with the desert wind, an icon so powerful that every man wanted to be him and every woman wanted to have him...
From this memory is born SANTAL 33: the ambition to create an olfactive form inspired by the great American myth still a source of fantasy for the rest of the world...
A perfume that touches the sensual universality of this icon... that would intoxicate a man as much as a woman... that introduces our use of cardamom, iris, violet, ambrox which crackle in the formula and bring to this smoking wood alloy (Australian sandalwood, papyrus, cedarwood) some spicy, leathery, musky notes, and gives this perfume its unisex signature and addictive comfort.
Here are, in a few words, what SANTAL 33 is... An open fire… The soft drift of smoke… Where sensuality rises after the light has gone.