In the beginning was Tom Ford with his Santal Blush and I had no idea where I could get at least 1 ml of that divine warming sandalwood fragrance. After trying Atelier Cologne’s Santal Carmin I’ve found the compromise: warm, powdery, cosy, tender and affordable.
(I hope this background colour looks carmine enough)
Can’t stop comparing it to Santal Blush: Santal Carmin has fewer notes but the main ones smell rich and sophisticated.
According to ateliercologne.com the olfactive pyramid is:
Head notes: Calabrian bergamot, Mexican lime, Indian saffron
Heart notes: sandalwood from New Caledonia, Indian guaiac wood, white musk
Base notes: Indian papyrus, Texas cedarwood, Madagascar vanilla
What I feel the most from those is sandalwood which makes the perfume creamy and woody, saffron which makes the whole thing warm and vanilla which fetches the spice and warm out. People describe their feelings while wearing Santal Carmin like covering with a cosy blanket. To some extent, I agree. However, I believe it’s the right perfume for any occasion or without any occasion at all.
Santal Carmine was created by Jerome Epinette who also made perfumes for Byredo, Frapin, L’Occitane en Provence, Lulu Castagnette, Zara and many others.