Ahsan, Sandal Attar
I personally don’t get all the hype around EL’s Sensuous. It’s not a very exciting fragrance, or even the best sandalwood. To me, it’s an “office” scent and not much more.
Sandalwood dominant perfumes are surprisingly hard to find. Aside from Donna Karan’s Liquid Cashere and the aforementioned Sensuous, I have a hard time thinking of a Western perfume that you can actually smell the sandalwood in. Granted, it’s in the base of 75% of mass marketed fragrances, but it’s usually buried under vanilla, rose or miscellaneous fruity notes.
Then there’s Samsara. Supposedly the sandalwood scent. I’m very familiar with Samsara, having owned and used several bottles. On my skin the ylang matches, perhaps exceeds, the sandalwood.
So for simple sandalwood, I always turn to attars and/or headshop brands such as Auric Blends. The fact that they’re affordable is only a bonus.
Sandal Attar is sandalwood and nothing more. No rose, no incense, no saffron, no oud. This is a creamy, sweet sandalwood. No vanilla necessary.
Sandal Attar stays close to the skin. As with most oils, the longevity is impressive.
I could see this possibly being too simple for some people’s tastes. If that’s the case, it also makes a great base for layering and fixative for ephemeral scents.