Orange X Santal, literally orange crossed with sandalwood ? simple, handsome, and to the point. A radiant composition, the scent focuses on the meeting of a remarkable bitter orange note with the authentic creaminess of santalum album grown sustainably on Australian plantations, the same species of wood that gave us the original Mysore sandalwood.
Orange X Santal keeps the structure uncluttered, allowing the raw materials to speak for themselves. The orange turns from juicy pulp to aromatic rind, before settling in a salty, metallic register that feels wonderfully bracing. The aromatic bitterness of the citrus is further underlined by a chorus of dark green notes, chief among them real oakmoss, a rugged cypress, and minty basil, all of which work to lend the scent a chypric tone. The creaminess of the sandalwood in the base is exquisite, but the scent holds fast to its basic character of salty woods, moss, and orange to the end, never ceding to sweetness. Leaning masculine? Yes, we think so. There is something about its brisk, mossy bitterness of Orange X Santal that suits a man, especially if he’s wearing a conservative but light summer suit.