Santal du Pacifique is a perfume by a very young niche brand Perris Monte Carlo, which appeared on the shelves of art perfumeries in 2016. It is part of the Black collection, which includes eight perfumes, among which stand out Oud Imperial – a dark and titanic interpretation of the fragrant note oud, Patchouli Nosy Be – top quality patchouli, Ylang Ylang Nosy Be – an interesting look at this floral note and Cacao Azteque – which despite the name that suggests a thick, delicious, slightly bitter beverage, is a remarkable unisex combination of tuberose and pink pepper.
The Perris Monte Carlo niche brand was created in 2012 and is part of the Perris Group, a company known for trading in luxury materials in the fields of cosmetics, perfumery, pharmacy, and technology. They are also the owners of one of the oldest perfume houses in the world – the famous Houbigant house, which gave us the first fougere perfume in the world from 1882, after which the whole category was named – the legendary Fougere Royale.
This is what Perris Monte Carlo tell us about Santal du Pacifique:
Santal du Pacifique takes you on an adventure to the unexplored countries of the Pacific Islands. This sandalwood tree lives and grows in the tropical south, between Asia and Oceania. Its intense base can harmonize very different compositions. Due to the extreme popularity and demand for sandalwood, it is now protected in India, the only thing that can be found are the precious essential oils of this tree. We believe in returning to nature, so for every tree, we used to make the perfume, we planted an additional 50.
The perfume composition of Santal du Pacifique is woody, very linear, and develops very close to the skin. The so-called skin scent. It is dominated by a fragrant note of sandalwood, milky, creamy, woody, only at times dry and salty, like lounging on a sandy beach in the shade, leaning against a palm tree. An interesting fragrant note of carrot is present in the perfume’s opening, which gives an earthy and sweet feeling to the whole scent harmony.
Santal du Pacifique is not a perfume you wear when you want someone to notice you and when you want to seduce or be seduced. This is a perfume for adventurers, sailors, and through which veins run the ocean’s saltwater. Modern poets who carry Walt Whitman’s verses in them, even though they may never have read them. In his notes, he often talks about the perfume of the sea, sea salt; he compares them with the smell of sunny salty skin and its effect on human consciousness. Santal du Pacifique is just such a profoundly meditative perfume. A perfume that you want to smell when you walk alone along the seashore when you forget about the Self, everything that you are, and that you have to be and let the waves and bare feet guide you. Santal du Pacifique does not know the gods of the modern world, money, haste, fame, ego, narcissism. Nothing is dazzling or sensational about it that will attract and delight the masses, but it does not even try that. All it wants is to be a quiet companion to some other Whitmanesque spirit, like a fountain pen, notebook, and Leaves of Grass in the back pocket of his pants.[Fragrance notes] top notes: carrot; middle notes: orchid, violet, gum-resin; base notes: sandalwood, musk. [Fragrant group] woody.