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Sandalo by Lorenzo Villoresi, a deep exotic Oriental woody fragrance from 1995, is not about sandals or leather notes, it’s about sandalwood, a key note in most perfumes, especially men’s fragrances.

Sandalwood is a wood note like no other, it can be dry, powdery, sweet, creamy, resinous or floral, but is always distinctive with its smooth-as-satin finish. Due to restrictions from over-harvesting, creamy rich powdery Mysore sandalwood from India has been replaced by Australian sandalwood, which differs slightly with a green buttery finish to it. Both are addictive.

Sandalo opens big and bold and masculine, with a pungent blast of bitter aromatics – petitgrain from the citrus tree, lemon, orange, lavender, and rosewood - wrapped in a tight accord so that no one note stands out more than the other. As my nose tunes in, the rosewood note deepens and lavender starts to sweeten the accord, and then the sandalwood starts to waft up.

Over the next thirty minutes or so, the sandalwood note deepens and deepens, becoming creamy, aromatic, powdery like the dust from fine sandpaper, until it seems to become the whole scent.

But there is much more under the sandalwood, which gives the featured note a darker complexity as it dries down. Labdanum, rose, vetiver, amber, oakmoss, and opoponax, a mix of sweet green musky woody notes, create a rich earthiness that make Sandalo a potent masculine fragrance. 

Like all of Villoresi’s fragrances, Sandalo is jam-packed with notes and masterfully constructed. Somewhat linear, or monothematic as Villoresi describes it, it takes you on a journey through the sandalwood note, from the opening punch through the sensual dry-down, but always mindful of the majesty of this classic perfume note.

Strong, magnetic, addictive, and absolutely beautiful, Sandalo is unmatched by many newer fragrances for men.


Notes:  Rosewood, Lavender, Petitgrain, Orange, Lemon, Labdanum, Bulgarian rose, Neroli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Amber, Opoponax, Oakmoss


Parfumeur: Lorenzo Villoresi

Price: $5.00