Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Sandalwood Cologne by Caswell-Massey
In case you haven't figured it out, I'm getting close to running out of fragrances to review, because I've reviewed most of the bottles in my collection. So now I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel to find something to review, and I found a bottle of this lousy fragrance.
I hate this fragrance, and I can't even remember why I bought it. Maybe I got it in a swap, I don't remember. My bottle is from the early 90's, and rumor has it that Caswell-Massey used Mysore sandalwood in these batches. If this is even true, which I doubt, they could have fooled me, because this is HORRENDOUS.
I rarely, if ever, use the term "old man scent" to describe a fragrance because I think it's demeaning, but Caswell-Massey's Sandalwood Cologne fits the bill. This is a sharp, powdery odor that smells like synthetic wood oils mixed with a laundry-grade musk that manufacturers use to add scent to rolls of toilet paper. Some guys might find this charming in an old-fashioned way, but I find it vile. I'm wearing it right now, and sometimes it smells like furniture polish. I can't quite put my finger on why this is, but this is a depressing scent. Every time I smell it, I think of death and funeral homes.
The reviews of this on Fragrantica are hilarious. It's been described as "the smell of an old lady", which I agree with. Someone else said it smells like #2 pencil shavings, which I also think is accurate. Another guy said it smelled like synthetic wood notes with a base of toilet bowl cleaner. I wouldn't go that far, but the message is clear: this frag sucks. I wouldn't even use this crap to embalm a corpse, out of respect for the dead.
This is the worst sandalwood fragrance I've ever smelled, even worse than Truefitt & Hill's disaster of a sandalwood. Even Demeter's Sandalwood, which is mostly synthetic, is a thousand times better than this shit.
MY RATING: 2/10
P.S., I just saw some of my cross-references to this fragrance in some old reviews, and they were vaguely positive. I don't know what to say, except maybe my tastes have changed. All I can say is that I now find this fragrance to be flat-out awful.
P.P.S., Now I remember. I smelled this in a store a long time ago and thought it smelled like shaving cream and sandalwood. Years later, I got my bottle in a swap with a Basenotes member, but I never wore it until now. This will be going in the trash today.