Santal Royal 2014 Eau de Parfum

Santal Royal (Eau de Parfum) by Guerlain
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Santal Royal (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Guerlain for women and men and was released in 2014. The scent is oriental-woody. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by LVMH. Pronunciation
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Oriental
Woody
Spicy
Floral
Leathery

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
JasmineJasmine NeroliNeroli
Heart Notes Heart Notes
RoseRose PeachPeach CinnamonCinnamon
Base Notes Base Notes
OudOud LeatherLeather SandalwoodSandalwood AmberAmber MuskMusk

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8.0838 Ratings
Longevity
8.5749 Ratings
Sillage
8.0758 Ratings
Bottle
8.6728 Ratings
Value for money
7.9326 Ratings
Submitted by Michael, last update on 07.06.2023.
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Salva
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Salva
Top Review 23  
Oriental Prince! Or is it king?
Hello friends,

the longer I am here in this great community, the more I realize how much I enjoy it here And not only to experience samples and bottlings, but especially to review tested and worn fragrances...
[...]

After I wore the usual synthetic classics like Invictus or Jopp Homme at the very beginning of my "career", I too, or rather my nose, developed and always tried and smelled different directions. After a while I came to the conclusion that I really like oriental fragrances; not to say that this direction is probably my favourite. So among others, I inevitably came across the Santal Royal by Guerlain...
[...]

"Santal Royal, fine and interesting name. Royal/Prince Santal? "Hmm, read something about that," I said to myself. As a result, I did some research and looked at the pyramid of fragrances, read some reviews here and researched other forums and sites. I also researched the term Santal. An indigenous people in the region around the south of Asia, native to India, Nepal and Bangladesh. "Hmm, mega interesting! Was not known to me. Could this people have anything to do with the origin of sandalwood?", I asked myself and continued my research. And yes, I was taught in seconds and learned that this wood, which is used so often as a fragrance, is actually found in India
Well, I liked the reviews and fragrances and I was so convinced that I actually dared to make a blind purchase at this price, which is quite steep for a designer... Yes, the subject of blind buying is always discussed here and there are certainly quite a few who, especially with flacons that start at the three-digit range and have no upper limits, don't do this out of principle (which I can fully understand and usually approve of!). But I was so convinced of the fragrance composition and my gut feeling that I had no doubt that I would not like it at all.
[...]

So I ordered the bottle about a month ago and the package arrived home in one week as usual. I opened it and had a bottle in my hands, which my eyes had never seen before in this form... "Very nice, really has something royal", I said to myself. I opened the lid and sprayed both my wrists in the usual manner... "Wow, that's an awesome smell! A bull's eye!" I was amazed at the opening. So the first impression was outstanding!
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That same evening, I was invited to a birthday party of a former university fellow student (with whom I am a good friend) and of course, I seized the opportunity and sprayed myself with 5-6 sprays with the Santal Royal. Chic in jacket and shirt made me then on the way.
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Once there, the birthday child greeted me with a warm hug and a left-right kiss... "Well, is this an Oriental? Suits you very well!" (It must be noted that she herself has been at home in the perfume world for much longer and is in possession of many scents).
The celebration went very well and I went home again sometime.
[...]

Woke up in the morning I could still perceive the scent a little bit on me. "Wonderful, it lasts a long time!" I said to myself, still lying in bed...
So the durability is really brutal on my skin. Very good 8-9 h he is present and the sillage must be very strong too, because the girlfriend noticed a few times at the party that she could perceive the scent very well from a few meters away.

Neroli and jasmine blossom are the two notes that make the fragrance smell so wonderfully fresh green and floral at first, but with a certain tart touch. After a short time, I begin to perceive rose (I've been a big fan of rose fragrances ever since I discovered the Cartier Déclaration d'un Soir EDT). It is surrounded by a dry peach, which I already know from the Floriental of the CDG's, and a minimally sweet note of cinnamon. The base is dominated by oud, which is said to have an aphrodisiac effect... And yes, for me the fragrance as a whole is incredibly sensual, aromatic and sexy! But also the musk and last but not least the sandalwood contribute to this, because they provide the fine-woody and velvety-warm base [...]

Conclusion:
As mentioned above, I had bought this fragrance without having tested it before. And it was a super lucky choice! It has an incredibly good scent quality as I think and is worth every cent! In the last few weeks I have worn it several times in the evening to go out and I find it the most suitable for such occasions. During the day I would wear it as well, but not in too warm or hot temperatures. Otherwise it is wearable all year round So if you are looking for a wonderful, wooden oriental fragrance in very high designer quality, mMn will make a very good catch with this one.
[...]

I hope you have taken something from the commentary and thank you as always to everyone for reading it.

VG
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DonJuanDeCat
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DonJuanDeCat
DonJuanDeCat
Top Review 17  
Sweet and soft wood from the Orient
Hola!

I'll start my comment today with a Spanish hello, after I wrote the word "Hola" somewhere else (so not here on Parfumo, but in Whatsapp) without the H and was laughed at by a friend :D
Ola in Spanish means wave, and not hello!!
So... therefore I write Hola and hope that I can remember this for the next time :D

He he, so hello and have a nice evening :)
Today I introduce Santal Royal, a fragrance by Guerlain from 2014, which I admittedly ignored a little when I didn't like Oud at all. Even today Oud is not one of my favourite scents and probably never will be, but after many scent tests I realized that Oud does not always smell the same and in some scents it can even smell quite good. So that means that I don't ignore oud anymore, because among the oud scents there could be real treasures. Yes, it is such a strange thing with the Oud, which can smell depending upon smell combination even times completely differently.

In any case, sandalwood and eagle wood (i.e. oud) should be the focus of this fragrance and form an oriental fragrance. And since the scent is as mentioned by Guerlain, you usually have a good feeling about it anyway (you sound like a Guerlain fanboy now, don't you?)! Well, let's see!

The fragrance:
I smell oud at the beginning, which already radiates well. In addition there are sour roses, sweet jasmine and fruity peaches. You can smell all the scents listed above very well, and everything combined actually results in a beautiful, oriental scent.
After that the leather soon appears, which makes the scent a little heavier and also a little more bitter. The scent is not bad in itself, but I just don't like leather in scents that much.
However, the leather doesn't seem to become much stronger later on, as the sweet scents gain a little more power instead, which at least makes me personally feel the scent more pleasant.
The sandalwood here is for the fact that it appears in the name of the fragrance, actually quite weakly failed, but nevertheless you can perceive its beautiful, balsamic soft fragrance. Perhaps he also makes sure that the leather and oud are not too strong, so that the fragrance is generally well balanced and therefore smells good.
A little later, the fragrance becomes sweeter, the jasmine seems to radiate more strongly again, but now looks less feminine than at the beginning of the fragrance. A little later the sweetness of the fragrance comes from the amber and not from the jasmine. The oud can still be smelled, but now it is much weaker. The later base is mainly woody and a little sweetish-balsamic. A quite nice fragrance, which I like well, but I still do not necessarily have to have it.

The Sillage and the shelf life:
The Sillage is high and strong, as one is used to from most scents with Oud as main scent. You walk around in a large scent cloud, so that everyone can easily perceive the scent at one or at one.
The durability is also very good and lasts at least twelve hours.

The bottle:
The bottle has the shape of most of Guerlain's "bees" bottles, except that it has a shiny black colour (and somehow it still seems to have a dark red touch?) and no bees have been worked into the glass. The dark colour works very well, especially with the elaborately designed golden label. The lid is also golden and shiny. The bow, which decorates the neck, was colored black-gold just as fittingly. A very nice bottle that is just as beautiful as most Guerlain bottles.

Yeah, I have to say that it was a mistake to ignore that smell just because of the oud in it back then. When testing the scent correctly I saw that Santal Royal is a very nice scent in which the oud smells okay. Sure, it's still nothing for me personally, because I'm not an Oud fan, but he doesn't smell bad and fans of Adlerholz can, or should take a look here.

An oud scent like this is often best used on cooler days such as autumn and winter. In my opinion, it is an all-rounder at these seasons, which can be used during the day as well as in the evening. The fragrance is also unisex. Even if the immediate beginning should still seem quite feminine (which is probably due to the sweet jasmine), the fragrance becomes more and more neutral just a few minutes after application, so that I feel it as unisex, as it is also indicated here.

So... that's it. Hey, see? I can also write commissions without having to talk big! But... don't get used to it too much, you never know what kind of bullshit might follow in the next comment, mu ha ha ha ha :DD
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Asasello
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Asasello
Top Review 9  
A comment that is actually superfluous, but nevertheless
i want to say a few words about this already much described fragrance - yes, probably it is already "written out", because it says everything essential - even if it is only to become clear to myself why this fragrance takes me. But wait! "Take" may not be the appropriate term, because it promises too much, perhaps I should leave it at the word "please", because that seems to me to come closer to my relationship with Santal Royal.

What is this?! I had already written off rose scents, because the rose often becomes too dominant for me and after a while usually also too annoying; also some noble rose-ud combinations could not really convince me, but I like oud (much to my wife's chagrin). But after the comment of a perfumistos I admired very much, I wanted to give this fragrance a chance and I must say that I can win Santal Royal something, with increasing time more and more.

In fact, this is a perfume that I like to give the time it takes to unfold in all its beauty. It is like a young wine, which one should not drink at all yet, one did not want to be considered in wine connoisseur circles as a "child murderer". If you leave it open long enough, however, it will undergo a development in a few hours, sometimes even in days, which it would otherwise only undergo in the closed bottle in the course of one to two years, occasionally even three or even more years. But I digress...

Santal Royal does not need days to unfold, but its true quality is revealed after hours (or should it be called first?), when tamed oud and sandalwood are clearly perceptible. Clear means here, however, in a very pleasant way. I didn't notice anything of sandalwood for a long time. An inkling of Oud, on the other hand, was already there after a short time, until it became a certainty with increasing time. Therefore, the fragrance changes without losing its heart, the rose, of course. But that's exactly what amazes me, who doesn't like Rose that much. In my opinion, the rose is present from beginning to end, very clearly, but at the same time restrained enough not to be intrusive. It gives the fragrance composition a structure, in the case of wine one would probably speak of the tannin framework. Although I am far from being converted as far as the rose is concerned, this fragrance has a lot more to offer, because the rose is accompanied by some other satellites, of which I can clearly identify the two already mentioned, but also others, without being able to identify them exactly. Towards the end I mean to recognize echoes of other scents I know. Oud Royal by Creed comes to mind, while Santal Royal seems more complex. TF's Oud Wood also knocks on the door. It should be this warm tamed oud that reminds of these two cousins of Santal Royal.

What do I want to say with all these words?! I'm afraid I can't quite... To get to the point: Santal Royal, as disappointed as some of you may be when you measure it against older Guerlain sizes, I want to take up a lance for him from the point of view of modern times. For me, it is not a scent that loudly expresses its presence, nor is it a scent that immediately takes me for itself, but that with increasing time turns out to be a composition in its very own sense and shows that its creator masters his craft
Perhaps another summarizing sentence: I am fascinated to a certain extent, without being enthusiastic at the same time, but feel confirmed in the fact that my new hobby, my discovered passion for scents, is a quite excellent affair. In this sense, this commentary is merely a plea for the art of scent and the granting of time.
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Helpful Review 16  
Syrian Beauty
This is my very first comment, so I ask for a little indulgence :)

There's something magical about that smell. When I look at the scents I immediately think of a heavy typical arabic scent (Oud, leather), as you are used to from Tom Ford (No Front ;) )
However, I find this fragrance so fine and "delicious"... I think it is the rose that makes the fragrance so magical and special. I honestly can't smell the oud and leather. But the fragrance needs time to fully develop its floral oriental note. I usually wear it below 20 degrees and I don't know what to wear. An absolute everyday fragrance for me and already my 3rd bottle This fragrance is ideal as an "introduction" to the oriental world, as it is not so strongly oud.
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The smoothness of the mysterious
Santal Royal is not the first rose-oud-sandalwood fragrance (that was Salarium by Lush from 1989), but it should certainly be one of the best known and most popular.

One reason for this could be the relatively complex composition, which exudes an exquisite dark rose, coupled with the seriousness of the oud, which comes across really soft as well as the slightly smoky oriental sandalwood. Before that, a touch of some jasmine and some mini splashes of neroli.

Even the peach, which seems strange in itself, finds its place without seeming artificial or even intrusive. In between, almost as a matter of course gossamer cinnamon, which gives Santal Royal the skillful finishing touch.

Finally, a bit of leather and dabbed amber. The whole wafting mystically quite a few hours without further development before itself, but this solid and without any blame.

The only drawback: rose-oud-sandelwood combinations are now anything but original and can now also be found in room sprays for toilets, but Santal Royal can nothing for that. It is just a fine noble recipe, which gives the wearer style and sense of the beautiful things with a little twist into the mysterious.

For autumn and winter and the magical moments in life ideal!

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Jbl775Jbl775 2 months ago
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I think i found my new Christmastime scent. Beautiful sweet oud santal rose combo. Powerful and full of charisma.
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ChicoRoch1ChicoRoch1 2 days ago
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A beautiful launch by the masters of French perfumerie
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Zebra782Zebra782 1 year ago
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Mature, luxurious, resinous, rosey, fruity, animalic, sensual, thick, and absolutely unapologetic, and I f*cking love it.
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TorkeTorke 3 years ago
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A dirty, sweet rose/oud combination. No signs of Sandalwood.

A very sensual and intoxicating scent. Amazing performance and sillage.
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Carlitos01Carlitos01 4 years ago
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Nice oud-rose combo, similar to Montale's Dark Aoud in my opinion. It's not really an unique scent and misleads sandalwood fans.
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