Red sandalwood is one of my favorite ingredients. This night it is worn at the Opera in a famous mise en scène from the author of Divinités du Styx aria. Deep, sultry, dark, like the milk of a "virgin" mixed with the "scar" of a tree (parasite), the sandal note acts many times like the "blood" of a perfume. The sacrifice of a virgin, you guessed the opera.
Sandalwood is there even if you do not smell it. Undiluted it is very thick. To make the light shine inside a perfume something dark is needed because no light exists without its shadow. In the upcoming perfumes from Tom Ford it clings on your skin like a purple vampire. (a wordplay in a latin language).
My favorite is still SAMSARA, it "kills" everybody with its trail and that "operatic accord" extracted from LIU.
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