I won’t blame you for thinking you’re smelling a musk tincture. Or an ambergris concoction. The fragrance is so ALIVE it sends any other scent you’ve got on you to the back seat. For sandalwood oil, that’s an impossibility!
Yet that’s exactly what you’ve got here, and why Santal Royale opens the door to a whole new love affair.
Even pure oud gets a go. Dab your favorite Borneo on your other wrist, and see what I mean. And it’s a soulful multifaceted woodiness that’s so stupidly addictive it might just ruin any and all other sandalwood oils for you. It sure has for me.
So how did this whole thing start?
You know the linearity of nearly all sandalwood oils you’ve tried to date? From the richest and creamiest and brightest of them, to the most common oils you still find on the market? One thing they all share is the unitone, linear fade phenomenon, with almost no development on the skin; zero horizontal complexity; no layeredness. Just a slow fade of one and the same note that just gets softer and softer as if fades away.
Santal Royale changes all that. It epitomizes nu-perfumery in sandalwood distillation every bit as much as the Sultan Series did in Oud. That means you’re getting a vibrant, dancing Sandal Perfume composed of a single ingredient. But unlike the Sultan Series, Santal Royale is not a co-distillation. It’s not a combination of different santalum species combined to create something complex and multifaceted. The single ingredient used: 30-40 year-old red Mysore heartwood of the highest caliber.
Give anybody whose nose you respect a swipe, and I bet you they won’t identify SR as single-source, straight-up Mysore sandalwood oil. “C’mon, there must be musk, or cypress, or something in here!”
The scent is so vibrant it almost verges on animalics; but unlike with oud, there’s zero barn, or indol, or ‘pastoral’ elements. What you get instead is a musky Heavenliness that will cajole and soothe your soul to the serenest space, and send you nodding off to a realm of Zen. I personally can’t sleep without it.
What it does to stop racing thoughts and quieten the mind is miraculous. Something no oud oil can ever pull off. Where oud mystifies and bedazzles, Santal pacifies and beautifies. The two are the opposing Sublime and Beautiful, as defined by Immanuel Kant long ago and far away. (I know it is not in good taste to be literate in our day and age; so I apologize in advance for that bit.)
Our distillery has run several rare Mysore distillations during our oud-centric career, and we’ve gotten our hands on top notch vintage Mysores along the way: purebred buttery, creamy ghee santals in all their glory. But Santal Royale takes what sandalwood oil can be to a whole new level.
If you got some of our 70’s Mysore granules, or a 70’s Mysore Bangle, you’ve smelled it. A striking, deep spicy redness that hits you when you smell the granules straight. Or in the vapor when you gently heat them.
An incense-note Oud oil is a distiller’s dream come true, and makes for the most fulfilling oud experience. But have you ever smelled it in sandalwood oil? Amidst the butter and the cream, have you ever caught whiff of that red musky santalol vapor of high quality heated Mysore? Chances are, No. Or only in a vague I-wish-I-could-get-more-of-that kind of way.
Santal Royale not only captures the scent of gently heated Mysore chips, but for the first time you actually experience the Mysore creaminess complete with its aboriginal Redness. The effulgence of buttery red Mysore incredibleness is so replete, I almost feel like adding a disclaimer: beware the funk!
You might have actually heard seasoned sandalwood aficios lament that one oil they smelled just once, many years back. A santal that packed an ‘almost animalic’ dimension that was out of this world, the likes of which they never smelled again. Santal Royale is that oil, and that oil’s grandfather, brought back to life.
I’ve been infatuated with Mysore Sandalwood for as long as I’ve been with Chinese Agarwood, and Santal Royale is where these two worlds meet. If you ever dreamt of smelling the Mysore Sandal equivalent of Oud Royale, your dream has just been granted.
Note: You’ll get to sample the Mysore sandal your bottle of Santal Royale was distilled from with a free 1 gram packet of the actual powder used for the extraction. Due to limited availability, limit one packet per customer.