Sacred Wood, along with Imperial Tea, finishes off a Asian Tales scent collection from niche line By Kilian (we’re still awaiting during slightest one some-more smell for In The Garden of Good and Evil, and a subsequent array is reportedly to be called Addictive State of Mind). Sacred Wood was desirous by a Indian story of Savitri and Satyavan from a Mahabharata, and promises “the olfactory sense of an authentic Sandalwood from Mysore”.1 As many perfumistas know, genuine Mysore sandalwood is no longer used in perfumery due to a scarcity.
Like Imperial Tea, Sacred Wood was grown by perfumer Calice Becker. Sacred Wood opens on citrus-y, sharp wood; it’s not a passed ringer for my long-time love, Diptyque Tam Dao, yet it reminded me of Tam Dao right away: a opening has that same perfect yet wood-focused feeling, during a other finish of a spectrum from a some-more ornately flashy sandalwood contingent from Serge Lutens (Santal Blanc, Santal de Mysore and Santal Majuscule). As a citrus browns off, Sacred Wood moves to a middle: it gets spicier and some-more milky-creamy, yet during a same time, a woods get softer and some-more indistinct.
It’s closest to a ‘olfactory sense of an authentic Sandalwood from Mysore’ in a center stages. Eventually, it’s a amiable woodsy blend, pretty sandalwood-y yet though a brilliance of old-school sandalwood fragrances. If you’ve never smelled an old-school sandalwood fragrance, that won’t matter to you, yet if we have one on hand, you’ll notice how partially skinny a bottom of Sacred Wood is. we wore Sacred Wood subsequent to a dump of Santal Blanc and a dump of Chanel Bois des Iles extrait,2 and a Sacred Wood, smells, well, modern. Obviously, we competence or competence not cite it that way.
Of course, Tam Dao also smells modern. My bottle of Tam Dao is aged (2003) and it’s display a age — a tip records have run-down and even a dry down is starting to take on a vinegar-y corner — and newer bottles don’t smell as poetic (it’s positively been reformulated some-more than once). we once pronounced that Tam Dao “smells like a rough, unprepared interior of a really aged forged box done of changed wood”; Sacred Wood is a some-more discriminating fragrance, and it doesn’t have a same pondering feeling. It’s arguably some-more worldly than Tam Dao, mind you, yet if you’re an old-school sandalwood fiend looking for a fix, it competence not strike a same spot.
Verdict: we was awaiting a sandalwood-bomb, and Sacred Wood isn’t accurately that. It’s a poetic still woods scent, though, really wearable, and not during all dull — we found it some-more engaging than Imperial Tea. If I’m not changed to buy, that’s partially since my sandalwood needs are lonesome for a moment. If your’s aren’t, Sacred Wood is really most value a try, and if we ever run out of sandalwood (!!) I’ll keep Sacred Wood in mind. The durability energy is good, and it’s wholly unisex.
If we have another favorite sandalwood, do comment!
By Kilian Sacred Wood will be accessible in April, in 50 ml Eau de Parfum ($235 with imagination box, $135 for refill) or in a 30 ml refillable transport mist ($145). The records embody carrot, cumin, geranium, cedar and incense.
1. Via press materials.
2. Holy cow. we always forget how perfect Bois des Iles is in extrait, we don’t know because we don’t wear it some-more often.
Note: tip picture is Album Cover with Shiva as a Destroyer of a Three Cities of a Demons (Tripurantaka) [detail, cropped] around Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Wikimedia Commons. You can review some-more about a replacement of this square during Challenges of Conservation: The Mysore Album Cover Project, during LACMA’s blog.