It seems entirely apt that in this season of goodwill and nativity plays, Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule reminds me of Christmas, cosiness, and all things nice.
It’s an unusual but simple blend of Sandalwood, Rose and Cacao. It seems as if one dominates, only to be taken over by another, then another, in rotation. One minute I think this reminds me of the dried fruit in Serge Lutens Arabie, the next there is a droplet of rose against a dusty, rich sandalwood background, and then the slightly fruity, rich note comes in again. In fact, at first sniff, I was convinced there was fig here.
Some sandalwood purists would have preferred this to have been made with Mysore sandalwood, but in all honesty, I am not discerning enough to differentiate. I’m just happy to have sandalwood, any time, any place.
Cacao refers to the seeds of an unripened cocoa pod before it becomes suitable for harvesting and growing advent calendars. An unripe cocoa pod is green and bitter and here it is captured, not as green and bitter, but as if all the richness of dark chocolate has been captured before any sweetness has been added. Against sandalwood it works terrifically well, and a lack of sweetness, unlike in real life, becomes a virtue.
The whole melange works incredibly well and I would happily wear it every day in this icy weather, which is saying something for somebody as scentually promiscuous as me. (new word alert!)
Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule is wonderfully warm with just the right amount of sandy prickliness to stop it being too gourmand-y. I love it. It may well be my favourite Serge, and that’s a hard one to call. Christopher Sheldrake steals my heart yet again.
Stockists: In the UK You can buy Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule online from Selfridges, Liberty and Escentual. In the USA and Canada you can try www.Fragrancenet.com or Amazon.com or Amazon.ca.