A sparkling, feminine-leaning sweet perfume
I've tested every perfume Kayali has offered since I've ventured into this magnificent journey that is perfume. When I heard they were releasing a limited edition set of two, I never hesitated and went straight for the samplers.
Silk Santal was the one I was the most interested in trying out among the two. At first spray, I did detect a sparkling, fruity accord. It made me think of of rock pops, those little fun sweet candies that pop in your mouth. After a few minutes, a floral accord made up of mature roses and white flowers unfurl before my nose. There's a nice hint of fruity sweetness that rises because of the nectarine. The praline makes an appearance by further enhancing the sweetness while also lending a powdery and sugary aspect to everything. Much later, there's finally a woody vanilla aspect because of the amberwood, sandalwood and vanilla absolute. Musk almost goes into the dirty territory, but thankfully the other notes kept it in check. The drydown gives off this warm, sensual accord that contrasts with its beginning. I know that Mona was the one who worked on this perfume and I think it fits her quite well: feminine, bubbly, sophisticated woman. It has a bigger sillage than its dark counterpart, but is not as heavy. The perfume also layers itself quite well with its darker counterpart, lending a sweetness that tempers the strong woody and musky accord.
I think the marketing is spot on when referring to the fact that Mona and her husband Hassan worked on it specially for their special day. I find that this one is closer to what I'd wear at a wedding (although not completely), but it's also a nice perfume fit for daily use. There is a clear change in the notes that pull through on the skin and it's lovely to see it evolving like that. I know I'm not an expert in fragrance, but I find this perfume is a bit more unique (almost niche) if compared to the other perfumes that Kayali offers. I've sincerely never smelled anything that ressembles it (up until now). Unfortunately, I think the powdery note that comes from the praline is a bit too strong and this is the reason it won't make it in my collection BUT I might come back to it later and change my mind, just like what happened with Sweet Diamond Pink Pepper.
EDIT: Well like I suspected, I let it rest for a few days and when I got back to it, the perfume caught my nose. Because it's so different than what I have smelled yet, I just might be adding a full bottle (it's a LE, so why not?)