I own a lot of sandalwood perfumes, and all of them have qualities I love. However, my holy grail sandalwood is Lorenzo Villoresi's Sandalo. This one fragrance contains everything I look for in a great sandalwood perfume, and it does it all beautifully.
If you want an idea of how amazing this fragrance is, check out all of my reviews on sandalwoods here and on Basenotes.net - e.g., Santal Noble, Caswell-Massey, Demeter, Crabtree & Evelyn, etc.. Make a mental note of all of the qualities I love in each of them. What Villoresi's potion does for me is take all of those qualities and put them all together into one perfume that blends all of its facets seamlessly.
If you prefer "creamy" smelling sandalwoods, Villoresi will satisfy. If you prefer a sharp, dry, aggressive presentation (e.g., Crabtree & Evelyn, Santa Maria Novella), it will also please you. If you love the dark, deep-growl, super manly presentation of sandalwood you get in the base accords of a lot of men's scents, you'll love this too.
The opening blast hits hard and aggressively, with sharp citrus, lavender and rosewood notes. Underlying all that, you can smell the milky, creamy scent that is so often associated with
When you're paying niche fragrance prices like you will for Sandalo, you obviously want to know how much mileage you'll get out of a scent. This will please you too, because this is a potent perfume. It projects quite far, at least for the first couple of hours, and people will notice that you are wearing a very exotic fragrance. After that, the scent stays closer to your skin, but is still noticeable by others near you. Longevity is excellent, as it is with most sandalwoods, and I can smell this on myself for about ten hours.
I know many of you, like me, don't buy a lot of niche fragrances. I think that out of the 300 or so bottles I own, about 25 or 30 of them are niche, and that's because I choose carefully before I buy. The cost of niche fragrances can be prohibitive, so you need to be selective. However, may I make a suggestion? If you really love sandalwood, take the money that you'd normally use to buy four or five designer fragrances and treat yourself to a bottle of Sandalo. Compared to the usual $25 designer fragrance you can get online, $80 for a 50 ml. bottle of perfume is a lot of money. But you know what? If you love sandalwood, this one bottle will give you so much enjoyment, I think you'll find the investment totally worthwhile.
MY RATING: 10/10
Fragrance House: Lorenzo Villoresi