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Santal 33 Le Labo for women and men

Santal 33 Le Labo for women and men
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Santal 33 by Le Labo is a Woody Aromatic fragrance for women and men. Santal 33 was launched in 2011. The nose behind this fragrance is Frank Voelkl. The fragrance features sandalwood, virginia cedar, cardamom, violet, papyrus, leather, amber and iris.

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Sandalwood Virginia Cedar Cardamom Violet Papyrus Leather Amber iris

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Santal 33 Fragrance Reviews

NicheMaster29
NicheMaster29

It doesn't get better than this guys. If you got here, then you've reached the pinnacle of unique quality of woods that lasts 10 hours plus.


Full bottle worthy. Yes, even at this price point. I'm always looking for that next best scent, but my standards are here, it's going to take a lot to do better than this, the quality, longevity, projection, scent, uniqueness are all wayyyy above average.
This house is one of the best imho. If your into frags then you just know when someone is wearing a le labo. By kilian is up there too, one of my second favorite houses.
Wearing this... Tread lightly, a little goes allllll day and into the night. 3.4 should last one all their life.
Oh santal 33 you are the king of woods... Can't even smell a hint of alcohol on first wet spray.. You amaze me and I am thinking about making you my signature scent, you make all my other 150+ bottles jealous and I think I may just have to put you in the front, yes next to Andy tauers la du air dessert Moroccan now ;)

Take all of your favorite scents multiply them by 10000 and that's just the start of how good this fragrance is

P.s. If anybody wants to get rid of their bottle or sample as long as you have the cap I don't care if you have the box, please message me. I will get if off you via pay pal. Thanks!!

Update, a YouTube reviewer reddolessonce said azzaro - visit smells very close to this, I just ordered it off amazon so I will update and let you know. I'm sure it's like a Lomani comparison to creed. I'm excited now

Aug
21
2015
Ovamka
Ovamka

Are you alone?

Now think of the woman you love.

Picture the two of in bed, sleeping.
You wake up, you open your eyes and the first think you see is she. She looks up at you, curls her back in to your stomach, you put your arms around her and kiss the back of her head.
Now hold your nose against head, go ahead rub your nose through her hair and take a whiff.

That's what Santal 33 smells like.

Jul
31
2015
walking44
walking44

Hamster bedding (wood chips) and polished mahogany. It smells nice but idk why a human being would want to smell like this. Who on earth wants to smell like a table? :L

Jul
07
2015
seekritdude
seekritdude

First thing I thought of this when I put this on is... cucumber!? And looking at the reviews looks like im not the only one. I guess if the scent doesnt make you think of cucumbers this is probably a nice different sorta fresh scent.. but if it does remind you of cucumbers well....


I guess as it dries down it doesnt quite call that to mind as much, but at the end of the day id be hard pressed to find any reason to wanting to wear it because of this. Just seems a little weird... its not a gross smell, like some fragrances that call to mind celery(cafe aoud cough cough.. never met anyone in real life even that ever thought it didnt smell gross and like celery for the first few hours), but its still just to weird to wear I think.

Jul
03
2015
jasmin5327
jasmin5327

Love it, a must have for both boys and girls. No words can describe the scent. I've met several people who don't know the brand, but once they smelled it, they fell in love immediately. It's highly recognizable and just AMAZING!

Jun
20
2015
SmellsTerrific
SmellsTerrific

I use this as a room spray. Great for fall winter.

Jun
02
2015
Alive
Alive

This fragrance is just like taking a heavy breath during the morning in the woods. It smells so natural I can't believe it. Amazing!

May
20
2015
VanMarlton
VanMarlton

I have had a major turnaround on this scent as of late. Mostly because I started to appreciate the main wood accord beyond the opening. Yes, in the opening there is something very green and salty, and I also understand why some people refer to it as "dill". However, once that subsides the amazing woods take over. I also think this scent is at its best in the sillage trail rather than up close...

Do not quite get the leather reference in this one. Cedar and sandalwood - yes. Dusty iris and papyrus? Absolutely. But I am not sure what to make of all the leather comments.

Also, I have seen people referring to this scent as having a certain sweetness... Now that's just ridiculous altogether. This is definitely one of the "saltiest" scents on the market.

Apr
09
2015
Santos89
Santos89

Santal 33 is a symphony of woods.

It's very dusty and has a distinctly airy feel. Everything feels in place, typical of the Le Labo style.

The main note is sandalwood, backed by a nice papyrus note. The iris and violet flowers add a bit of floral goodiness to the composition.

To be honest this is hard to describe, as it's so well composed, all the notes blend together.

Longevity is fantastic - 12+ hours.

Rating: 10/10

Apr
05
2015
Lesser
Lesser

The scent of papyrus from egypt and the old Alexandrian library.

A short review..

Got a spray of this from anothe collector in the community, who really fancy this. But I didn't like it at all. In fact I found it to be kind of repelling. The papyrus note gives it a feel of old used books, like when moving interior from your granddads appartment.

The sandalwood in this one is dry and and kinda boring really. Not a sweet attractive sandalwood that makes you want more..

Unfortunately even though the community really likes this one, it's not for me.

Overall Rating: 2/10

Mar
14
2015
Elisa S
Elisa S

I'm on the unfortunate team to whom this smells very, very much like dill. I like eating lots of dill with certain foods, like fish and potatos, but it's not really a smell I enjoy a lot on its own. And being surrounded with the smell for a longer period of time, actually makes me a little nauseous. Therefore, this is not a fragrance I can enjoy!
(This is coming from a sandalwood lover, who had high expectations)

Mar
08
2015
sherifmango
sherifmango

ﻻ أخفيكم سرا" أني كلما أردت خوض تجربة عطر جديد، أحاول البدء بمصدر إلهام العطر أو القصة المحبوكة حوله سوى من قبل المصمم نفسه أو من "الثعالب" في قسم التسويق :) ...
ليس من باب الفضول، بل يرجع اﻷمر لسببين: أولهما تحقق مدى تطابق العطر مع إدراك العطرجي لتلك القصة المنسوجة حول العطر. ثانيا" مدى قدرة بعض دور العطور في توظيف ذلك من خﻻل قسم التسويق للضحك على أصحاب اﻷذان و اﻷحاسيس المرهفة :) ...
و كما يعرف الجميع فإن العطور هي عبارة عن رسائل مشفرة، تختلف مخرجاتها بإختﻻف "الديكودرات" لكل شخص منا، أﻻ و هي المخزون التراكمي من الذكريات و العواطف و التي ﻻ أدري هل أقول منبعها عقولنا أم قلوبنا ؟! ... ذلك أنه كلما ثارت تلك العواصف كان موضع اﻹحساس بها للمفارقة هو القلب وليس العقل، نعم القلب و ليس غيره، أنظر و ستجد إختﻻج دقات قلبك و شعور غريب كأن تيار كهربائي ضعيف خرج منه و أخذ دورته مع جريان دمك، في قبضته و إنبساطه، إحساس عجيب كأنما هو نور سقط علي القلب و أضاء له العقل :) ...
لذلك فك رموز تلك الرسائل العطرية يختلف من شخص ﻷخر، وهنا ﻻ أقصد النوت و المكونات العطرية و لكن قصدت الصورة الحسية المرسومة حال إختبارك لذلك العطر ومدى قدرته على التغلغل عميقا" و الوصول و جس نبض و لمس تلك اﻷغوار ...
قبل تجربتي لعطر Santal 33 قرأت عن قصة مصدر إلهام العطر المعروفة، وهي تجسد شخصية رجل الدعاية في سجائر Marlboro المعروفة و هو في السهول البرية متكئ علي سراج حصانه الجلدي و ضوء لهيب النار أمامه و المنعكس على قسمات و جهه إلخ إلخ :) ....
لكن بعد التجربة حاولت جاهدا" أن أجد الرابط بين تلك القصة و واقع العطر والتي باءت بالفشل حسب رأيي المتواضع ...
الصورة التي إرتسمت في مخيلتي كانت بسيطة جدا" ... هي عبارة عن غابة من اﻷشجار الشاهقة المتباعدة قليﻻ عن بعضها ذات أرضية شبه رملية تنمو أسفل تلك اﻷشجار اﻷزهار العطرية ... كل تلك البيئة مرت بيوم جاف حتى تفطرت له جذوع اﻷشجار التي حمت بظﻻلها تلك اﻷزهار تحتها، لكن ما لبست أن تلبدت السماء بالغيوم وهطل المطر ثم إنقشعت الشمس بعدها و أرسلت أشعتها في وجود تيارات هوائية ندية باردة ... كل ذلك و أنت تقف في طرف تلك الغابة تأتيك تلك النسمات الهوائية محملة برائحة اﻷخشاب و اﻷزهار في و جود تلك السمة الغبارية و اﻷثر الذي يحدثه هواء المطر المعروف علي النفس :) ...
خطأ جسيم إرتكبته عند تجربة العطر و هو أني لم أخذ بنصيحة أحد أصدقائي الخبراء عندما حذر قائﻻ" فيما يخص العطر (ﻻ تدس أنفك في مكان رش العطر) ...
و قد كان على صواب، حيث أفضل "تكتيك" مع هذا العطر أن تدعه يأتي إليك ﻻ أن تلحق به، ﻻ تخف فللعطر فوحان يكفيك ذلك و يفسده عليك إن حاكيت حال من أراد تذوق مشروب غازي على شاكلة "صودا أكتر، ليمون أكتر" في جرعات كبيرة ... بالتأكيد ستشعر بألم و أذى شديد في حلقك يفقدك اللذة المطلوبة ... ذلك هو حال عطرنا هذا يجب أن تتذوقة برشفات صغيرة خفيفة :) ...
العطر يبداء بإفتتاحية غنية هي مزيج من الهيل الحلو الراتنجي التابلي ممزوج بلمحات خشبية كريمية خفيفة من الصندل و سمة دخانية تظهر معها صفة معدنية ضعيفة ... ﻻ أدري إن كانت تلك التي يصفها البعض برائحة الخيار "المخلل" علي بعض التعليقات ... لكن هنا بالنسبة لي أقرب لتلك الصفة التي نجدها في نوت جوز الهند ...
تظهر بعدها الصفة الجلدية و التي حسب تجربتي المتواضعة أشبه برائحة لحاء خشب البتوﻻ الجلدية التي خبرتها من قبل في عطر كريد أفينتوس لكنها هنا بالطبع أخف درجة عنها في أفينتوس و أجمل ذلك ﻹفتقارها لوجود النوتة الطحلبية الجافة في اﻷفينتوس ... تبداء بعدها النوت الخشبية في التضخم و الظهور، توليفة مذهلة من خشب الصندل اﻷسترالي المعروف بأنه أكثر جفافا من صندل ميسور بصفته الكريمية مع أخشاب السيدار ... السيدار هنا يبدو في شكل توليفة ضمت أنواع مختلفة من خشب السيدار ... فيها الندي البلسمي الحلو الناعم و فيها الخشبي الغباري الجاف الذي له صفة نشارة قلم الرصاص ... كل تلك الصفات تظهر مع تدرج العطر ... لكن الممتع في ذلك أنه رغم كثافة تلك المكونات فإنها تبدو أكثر إنتشارا" و لطفا" و تهداء مع تطور العطر لدرجة أنها في النهاية ستأتيك في شكل نفحات متقطعة كأنها محمولة مع رفرفة جناح عصفور صغير ... و هنا أعتقد وجود مادة ال Iso E Super المعروفة :) ...
العطر يهداء على سمة مسكية زهرية كريمية ندية مع وجود تلك النفحات الخشبية ... العنبر أو Ambroxan هنا في رأيي المتواضع أثره الذي يتركه على النفس و العطر أكثر منه كنوته عطرية ... فهو يمثل تلك النسمات المطرية الرافعة و التي أعطت العطر كينونة أكثر و جعلت كل تلك المكونات أكثر إنسجاما مع بعضها إضافة لكونها تبدو كجزء من بشرة مرتدي العطر في مرحلة قاعدة العطر ...

العطر تحفة عطرية تستحق التجربة ...
رغم و جود المكون الزهري المسكي لكن العطر في رأيي أكثر ذكورية لكثافة اﻷخشاب خصوصا السيدار ...
الثبات و الفوحان من النوادر مثيلها :) ...


ودمتم بود :) ...

Mar
06
2015
Cheriemc
Cheriemc

A real scrubber. I had read the mixed reviews so I sprayed it on a test card first. I thought it smelt quite nice so I went ahead and sprayed it on my arm and left it a few minutes before smelling again. Ugh. Regret. This has a similar quality to Bvlgari Black for me, I find it quite repulsive in some way. Definitely a love or hate fragrance!

Feb
15
2015
Upper East Side
Upper East Side

This is one of my favorite fragrances. I don't get any dill/pickles in this.

Feb
08
2015
lafindesiecle
lafindesiecle

This perfume is so endemic to downtown NYC that it's at the point where it's what I think of art galleries and Soho shops smelling like. It's cliche and overdone and I swear every single person who has ever owned a pair of APC jeans also owns this - and I still love it. (It's at the point where if I smell it in a room or on the train - and oh boy, if you wear this, everyone in a five mile radius will know - I can usually look around and guess which person in my vicinity is wearing it from their clothes alone.)

This scent enters the room before you do and lingers afterwards - one spray and I'll smell traces of it on my clothes, sheets, and hair for literal days afterwards. This is great if you want it as a signature scent (or want to leave traces of yourself on someone else's bed.....) but as someone who likes to change their perfume with their mood I often find this overpowering and that I'll still smell the base notes over whatever other scent I want to be wearing, even after a good shower.

Still, it's strangely fascinating and addictive to me - I do get that dill pickle note at first, but the lingering base notes are woody, warm, smooth, and kind of dirty in a way I find impossibly sexy.

I'm wondering how the formula will change now that Le Labo sold to Estee Lauder though - I'm expecting something very different very soon and might stock up on a bottle of this while I still can.

Jan
29
2015
reggyregina
reggyregina

Would anyone from Europe who has it be willing to sell me a tiny decant?

Jan
21
2015
deadidol
deadidol

Dill 33 (ha!) is a kryptonite scent for me. It’s the one scent from the line that I absolutely cannot stand yet I think I’m one of very few people who feel this way about it. What absolutely murders it for me is the cardamom / iris / leather accord that’s present in Iris 39 and dominates this scent from start to finish.

This is a loud, rooty, herbal-green thing with a vegetal edge to it. It’s a tad sweaty, but the wood effect that it creates is impressive. Does it smell like sandalwood? Not exactly. But it does smell like a smart interpretation of the note along the lines Santal Massoia. An impression of sandalwood comes and goes throughout via a peanut-butter effect that’s commonly found in sandalwood oils. But what does exist of the sandalwood accord is drowned out by the megaphone of cardamom and scratchy iris that kill the scent’s better characteristics.

On the one hand, I get why some people would enjoy this as it’s an interesting facsimile of sandalwood, but on the other, it also smells (I’m not kidding) like dill and cucumbers sandwiches—and that’s the part that screams the loudest. Not for me in the slightest.

Jan
13
2015
FBenoit1
FBenoit1

I adore this fragrance. I don't find it masculine at all, definitely unisex.

On my skin it's quite sexy and erotic. It has attitude and keeps you interested in sniffing it more. I can totally wear this mediating and throughout the day into night. This fragrance is for a woman that knows what she likes.

Purchased a bottle today and I am looking forward to wearing it for winter 2015. My skin normally absorbs fragrances in 30 minutes and I am lucky to add another fragrance to my collection that matches me.

The longevity and sillage of Santal 33 is very impressive - I have had it on for over 9 hours and it's still going. It's matured beautifully and unravelled - the woods melt gorgeously into my skin. I have lots of appreciation for the quality of ingredients that is recognizable.

I will purchase the matching perfume oil next to compliment it. Make sure to test this one out, if it's right for your skin and nose you will fall into its woody, sandalwood, leathery arms :)

Dec
24
2014
Erok32
Erok32

I'm not a huge sandalwood lover, and for that matter I nearly overlooked this. I'm so glad I didnt... This fragrance, along with patchouli 24, oud 27, and vetiver 46 are stunning. Santal 33 is fairly dry and heavy on the cedar. It lacks the intense vanilla found in many sandalwood based fragrances. This most reminds me of a sauna; very fragrant and woodsy, yet not repulsing, overly pungent, or offensive... However, very aromatic and masculine. I feel that it is versatile, and could be worn in any climate.

Dec
23
2014
hedward
hedward

Once upon a time there was a sample of Santal 33 gracefully sitting on a perfectly clean kitchen table. Time flew and the vial remained untouched for months.. until on a sunny winters day hesitant hands came to meet with it. They grabbed the vial and haphazardly broke the glass resulting in a burst of sparkling Eau de Parfum. The noxious concotion infected every single surface it came in contact with. It was so strong that the room remained unhabitable for days. Still to this day every once in a while, one may feel the presence of this virulent plague despite the great purification ritual performed on that very room.

Yes, I find this even more offensive than Secretions Magnificues. Santal 33 smells of hamster cage, saliva and rotten coconut. It's so shockingly dreadful I've literally smelt it in my nightmares.

Dec
17
2014
alberto1964
alberto1964

Divinely male ... need to say more?

Nov
04
2014
ms rochambeau
ms rochambeau

I get iris, leather, sandalwood throughout the wearing as this is a very linear scent on my skin. I don't get any of the spiciness of cardemom. However, I do pick up on the slightly watery, cucumber note that others like Mikeyed have mentioned. You can tell that quality synthetic materials were used, but it's still hard for me to get past the obvious synthetic undertones of most of the Le Labo scents I've tried so far. The only Le Labo scents where that doesn't bother me is Patchouli 24 and Labdanum 18, but I'm looking forward to testing the rest of the Le Labo samples I have. If you like iris and leather this is a scent to consider. I'm enjoying Santal 33, but I won't be needing a full bottle.

Oct
17
2014
cityscape
cityscape

I've tried most of the scents from Le Labo, Killian, Creed, Bond 9, Tom Ford, etc... This is by far the best of them all on my skin. It starts off quite leathery which isn't my favorite note in the mix, but within 2-3 minutes turns into a sweet milky wood smell which I love. This will be a keeper for me.

Sep
07
2014
Lana148
Lana148

Le Labo Santal 33 is one of my favorite woody fragrances - mainly cedar, sandalwood and leather.

It is very smooth, milky and spicy. Although it smells simplistic, it is very well blended, and there are many "shades" to it. You can definitely smell all of the secondary ingredients listed in this perfume: cardamom, violet, papyrus, amber and iris.

Santal 33 made out of high quality ingredients, and it gives this fragrance, organic, natural feel. It's concentrated and lasts forever on my skin and clothing. Super high quality, as all off the Le Labo creations. Love it!

Jun
22
2014
zaetown
zaetown

Nice to me...if this smells like hampster cage then its a darn good hampster cage smell. A fresh sandlewood that last and projects very well. A nice everyday scent that has a casual smell but sn above average casual smell, dont really get why so many dislike it, i say give it another try if you dont like it at first sniff.

Rate:4/5

Jun
02
2014
Mikeyd
Mikeyd

Ok may sound weird but....
I get cucumber and pepper?

May
14
2014
PurpleLilac
PurpleLilac

This is my first sandalwood fragrance so cannot say if it smells like sandalwood or not. Some people here mentioned that lack the warmth and is too watery cucumbery. I really like this fragrance because it has a very fresh scent with a cucumber note to it. This, together with warm leather notes and sandalwood gives it such a unique character. After visiting a hotel with this fragrance I brought it to remind us of this trip. I also often add a spray of Lys 41 and the combination is perfect.

May
10
2014
foxmulder_FBI
foxmulder_FBI

@Mick_Trick – Perfect review. Very well said.

Apr
26
2014
Mick_Trick
Mick_Trick

This pushed all the right buttons. A brief cypriol gust knocks you off balance on opening before falling back to a lactonic green accord slowly transitioning into a lush fruity sandalwood during the heart (there is almost a feeling of honeyed apricots, the colour and texture if not aroma). It's got a wonderful balance between the sweetness, creaminess and astringent woody side, rich but never too much.

An interpretation of sandalwood with modern ingredients having an emphasis on boosting the golden bright aspects of the natural oil. Perfect.

Mar
24
2014
Houdini4
Houdini4

Right Santal 33 was the one Le Labo I'd really been looking forward to. I mean it's sandalwood how can you mess that up? Well they've tried their hardest here.
I can see why the green, watery almost cucumber like smell of papyrus might juxtapose yet compliment the creamy, spicy, woodiness of sandalwood...but it doesn't.
To me the opening was awful and nothing like the soft beautifully composed 33 note extravaganza I was anticipating. I was really disappointed that was until the sandalwood begins to develop and oh boy when it does it's really nice. It's a clean minimal, warm smell and vastly different to that awful opening. Hints of spice, cedar and a delicate iris note. Santal 33 transitions from ridiculous in the opening to sublime in the drydown but it's still doesn't quite do enough to make me want it.
Doesn't come close enough to restoring my faith in Le Labo...plain bad opening to something nice but ultimately nothing special.

Mar
14
2014
CigarBen
CigarBen

This stuff is amazing. Sandalwood, cedar and violet all rounded out by a very smooth iris note. One of the best fragrances I've ever smelled.

Feb
05
2014
Srebecca
Srebecca

So warm and cozy , I die for this smell!!!!!

Jan
29
2014
Cereza
Cereza

"Santal 33" was very weird expierence for me, I love sandalwood, but I haven't encountered LE LABO that I find appealing. The same case was with this perfume, it has a strange underline quality of something watery and green, on some points it actually smells like cucumbers. So I was slightly disgusted by the fresh/watery cucumber and warm, spicy sandalwood combinitation as it feels very unnatural for me.

Nevetheless I have to admit the quality of LE LABO perfumes, it was very rich, very long lasting and very unique. I think it's definetely worth a try as you might love it.

Jan
01
2014
raw umber
raw umber

The first few times I sampled this fragrance, I didn't love it, but I also didn't hate it. It was complex and unique to say the least. I also didn't get the pickle element so many people have mentioned.

Now, I know what it means to dislike a fragrance so much, that it actually RUINS other fragrances for you when you detect any similarities between them and it. I hate Santal 33. This may be a first for me. It damn near made me turn my back on every cardamom fragrance I own, which would have been serious b.s..
There are many watery cheap unremarkable fragrances out there which I don't like, but I also don't respect them. I respect Santal 33 enough to hate it.

There is something about the sheer potency of the opaque SUGAR encrusted sandalwood, cardamom, and leather, that I find to be sickeningly cloying and nauseating. This fragrance is a sillage/longevity beast, so it's definitely worth the investment if you love it, but for me, it's a nightmare on wheels. I got it on my mouse and keyboard at work and now I am trying to change jobs. That's how much I hate this stuff.

Nov
30
2013
JoeMacchiato
JoeMacchiato

I love the beautiful drydown but am still ambivalent about the sweet top notes(i guess it's from papyrus). I spray it on, wait for 3 hours, and then get wowed by it.

Nov
29
2013
Kelle
Kelle

The sweetness (which seemed a mix of sugar and cardamon?) overpowered the sandalwood too much. Not for me. I like Sandalwood with more of an edge and not so sugary.

Oct
18
2013
Germany
Germany

Santal 33

A green , herbal take on sandalwood!!

Its a dry woodsy ceader with sandalwood .
It has a figgy milky note to it and its really powdery due to the iris and the violet, earthy and powdery, very natural and herbal almost minty , it has a medical feel to it, a little like a natural herbal medicine Cabinet and bandaids
. I smell Vetiver , but its smoother than Vetiver. It's not sour or pungent like Vetiver can be. I think what I smell is the combo of the cedar with the iris that gives it that dry herbal feel , very natural, extremely earthy I can see where some people get the herb dill from this fragrance, not far off. I do smell smooth leather there somewhere but it's not what comes to mind first. Not overly feminine but I like it.

My husband says it smells like pine tree air freshener , ah again he doesn't approve :(. He says strong harsh and pungent.

I will update upon wearing this for a few days to get a better grip on this very earthy beauty :)

Sep
27
2013
scentnewbie
scentnewbie

I liked this but stopped wearing it because nobody around me cared for it. "What smells like guinea pig bedding?" was the most memorable comment I heard while wearing Santal 33.

Sep
12
2013
Xanovia
Xanovia

I've worn my fresh sample of this from Luckyscnet a few times now and I must say, I am not really a fan of this one. I thought it was kind of 'meh' and was just not what I wanted nor what I was expecting. Just a meh fragrance.

However. my wife for the first time in our almost 20 years together told me that I smelt offensive. She said I smelt like a bad bitter dill pickle. O_o; She said that she has never been so repulsed by a smell of any type in her entire life more then this fragrance. She smelt the opening before I went to work in the morning, the mid when she met me for lunch and then the dry down when I got home. She was a fan of NONE of it to the point that when I got home she asked me to NEVER wear it again and to throw away my sample to make sure I never put it on by mistake. Crazy hate for this fragrance by the wife.

No one @ work liked it at all. Some of the people said it was bitter and strange and finally one of the people said I smelt like a pickle. After this comment everyone else said it smelt like a bad dill pickle.

My personal take though... What did I think???

It did have a strange bitter green smell over all that after she said smelt like a pickle had me smelling a dill like vibe. Then after about 2ish hours it got to more of a leathery smoke type scent for a few hours (but not a really good one or anything special) to finally end with a strange greenish leathery bitter dill type 'meh' smell that was just weird and kind of off putting.

All and all it was not a bad smell but nothing to write home about nor something I would really want to smell like. Just really different and really weird. Needless to say I will not be picking this one up.

HOWEVER, if you like the smell this stuff does last like 16+ hours. So there is that, but that just makes it worse when you don't care for it...

Overall I give it a 4/10... (Slightly below average and one point above a bad scent... ^_^)

Jul
05
2013
2746cstreet
2746cstreet

This is interesting and not what I expected from a sandalwood fragrance. It's slightly animalic, the leather is very strong on my skin. There is a green, bitter note in here as well and I find the cedar to be quite prominent before it dries down and becomes softer and more ambery.

Jun
28
2013
Ovaltine Jenkins
Ovaltine Jenkins

Sweet sandalwood with just a hint of floral. I'm not detecting much leather at all in spite of the ratings above. Leans towards the feminine side of unisex due to the sweetness but still very wearable for a man. It seems like it needs some darker notes to balance against the sandalwood in order to be full bottle worthy for me, but its still enjoyable.

Jun
11
2013
natrance
natrance

I smell dill...???

May
22
2013
gabymassey
gabymassey

I have never ever worn a perfume that has elicited such responses - complete strangers ask me what my perfume is, and I have never ever so loved a perfume.

Apr
10
2013
Hélio Sérgio Rocha
Hélio Sérgio Rocha

Spicy and powdery opening.

Then, i feel the cedar, being so dry, with some accord of coconut (strange!).

A green note is detected too but then sandalwood appears. Sandalwood here is also dry and intends to be main note and lasts till the end.

I found something animalic since the opening too..haha.

It is a dry and woody scent. Very intriguing.

:)

Apr
04
2013
Fmorejon14
Fmorejon14

Smells sophisticated sexy rich creamy boozy semi sweet well balanced woody balmy sent

Mar
10
2013
Thomas Mahendra
Thomas Mahendra

This fragrance has truly captured the aftermath of chopping a cedar tree down.

Feb
01
2013
zola0203
zola0203

Very similar to Encre Noir with the following exceptions;
a) Appears a better quality scent
b) Excellent sweet note in the dry down
c) Poorer Sillage

I love this scent but as I can get Encre noir at half the price I won't be buying it just yet...maybe when I run out of the L'Alique depending on how flush I'm feeling.

Feb
01
2013
chweintr
chweintr

This is sandalwood...more genuinely sandalwood than any other sandalwood fragrance I have smelled. The opening is too much for me...sort of self-consciously masculine - and smells dated. It reminds me of some colognes from the 70s or 80s my friend's father used to have in their family bathroom. The bottles had names like Trouble and Rebel or Macho...things like that.. and I remember them smelling equally predictable and off-putting.

So I'm not thrilled with the opening. But it's not long before this turns terrific. Santal 33 is a little bitter- in a good way--, creamy and amber-y at the bottom... long-lasting.
Excellent.

Jan
29
2013
nicenspice
nicenspice

This perfume is the exception to the rule of violet perfumes for me.( I usually cannot bear them)and,boy,is it a violet perfume.I can't believe violet is only 6th in the order of note prominance;for me it's third in line after sandalwood and leather.

It starts off with a dominant woody/pencil shavings vibe..quite masculine in a gentle way..and you can tell the quality from the outset.
Slowly but surely it morphs from all wood and leather into a luscious mix of powdery violet and dry woodiness.
The sillage is nothing to write home about,but it does project a little,and the longevity is very good.I could still smell it after 5 hours,by which time it smelled quite sweet and vanillary.
A 'cashmere sweater and log fire' kind of fragrance,I would say,in the same mould as Chergui.

Jan
05
2013
littleitaly
littleitaly

So when I first put my nose on this it was repulse at first smell. I respect it for the quality, you can tell its made with quality ingredients. though the actual smell is not something I find appealing. It screams at you in the opening and those top notes last forever 4-5 hours plus. This thing projects like a monster too. I tried to wash this fragrance off and was unable too. I went to the gym after taking a shower to get rid of the smell. well I guess the heat activated it again and It was projecting off of me like crazy. If you like sandalwood, amber fragrances that project like a monster this may be for you. i just find it to be too much for the fragrance that it is.

Jan
02
2013
poirot303
poirot303

For reference, I am a woman and this is my Holy Grail scent. For me, this smells professorial. Leather, wood, books...The only drawback is the price. I believe I paid around $275 for 2oz. Well worth the price, though!

Dec
25
2012
ladykarl
ladykarl

Hmm. I look at the notes and this this is something i should like very much;
Normally I love the way sandalwood oil smells ect.

however there is a heavyness or a dryness or something here that is really
not suitable for me

but definitely worth a test to find out if it will do well for you

Dec
21
2012
joplinbaby
joplinbaby

beautiful, it remindes me of something in the past, don't know what, but something good. A great time travel.
It smells the same 24h, there's no head, middle or base notes, there's only notes!

Dec
07
2012
sweetnspicey
sweetnspicey

Santal 33 is yet another example of the quality and craftsmanship that is distinctive of Le Labo, a niche house that has stolen my heart one striking fragrance at a time.

The reviews of this perfume seem vastly different from one another, and I already know that my perception of Santal 33 will be different from everyone else's. On my skin, it is certainly woody, with clear notes of birch and sandalwood. There is also a distinct green bitterness in the fragrance, which I love.

While others smell fig, I detect something much more fruity. As I went about my day, I realized this scent was too familiar. Mango! I grew up eating mangoes quite frequently and still do from time to time. Sometimes I eat them while they are green and crunchy, and other times I eat them when they are fully-ripe, soft and sweet. This is like the sweet flesh of a ripe mango blended with the green skin of an un-ripened mango, with some woody notes thrown in. Unexpected; but also irresistible. Fig, coconut, or mango...this woody fragrance is distinctly tropical for the first 20 minutes.

Eventually the fruitiness settles down, and the perfume begins to smell almost completely like aromatic woods. Each time I catch a whiff, I have vivid memories of winters in Tahoe. When I open the door to the ski lodge, the crisp, cold air gushes in and mixes with the scent of the cozy wooden lodge.

Santal 33 is breathtaking!

Oct
04
2012
johngreenink
johngreenink

This is probably the most challenging fragrance I've smelled. In the process of wearing a sample of this, I've discovered the one note in perfumes that I dislike the most: Papyrus. Papyrus must share some of the same components as seaweed or algae, because the scent is exactly the same. Santal 33 is an extremely aquatic and almost fishy-scented concoction. Spraying it on, you're taken directly to a Japanese restaurant because you smell: Fish, Wasabi, Soy sauce, ginger, miso and mustard. It's interesting as a 'concept' perfume (like, 'how do I capture the essence of a Japanese restaurant?') but I can't possibly imagine someone wearing this. I cannot detect any sandalwood, leather or amber in Santal 33, so I'll probably be forever in a state of confusion about the real intent of this perfume. One good thing I can say about it - It's so similar to the scent of low-tide at the beaches in Connecticut and New York that it DOES transport me back in time... but that's as good as it gets.

Jul
07
2012
Garyjames
Garyjames

Maybe it's just the batch I got, but I am getting straight up, eye-watering, extra strength cedar and little else. Smelling like a 2 x 4 is of little interest to me, but may appeal to some.

Jun
21
2012
nikkimouse
nikkimouse

Very nice, a little to masqueline for me. but on a man? yes yes yes the drydown much more mellow.. that it's macho beginings.

I normally do not like coconut in a perfume, unless it's a straight coconut pefume, what I mean is coconut is often used in perfumes, it's very common, even if it's not listed in the notes it's usually there. It's cheap and it works in softening or making sandlewood more creamy.

In this example Instead of creamy Indian Sandlewood being used (because it's rare and expensive to use) Australian sandlwood was used, I believe the coconut was added to give that illusion of creamy indian sandlewood, and I think they did a decent job.. I also love the addition of the cedar adding to the alluring dryness I love in perfume

This is all about the sandlewood, with leather and spice .... iris is also used to smooth it out (although not listed here) and violet also helps out, it also adds a touch of sweetness.. The amber plays more of a role in the drydown...

This is long lasting... very nice, and believe for the right woman it would work, however that is not me, but cheers to the woman who can pull this one off :)

May
23
2012
shoguns2480
shoguns2480

SMELLS LIKE THE BEST SANDLEWOOD ON EARTH WITH SOME HINTS OF GREEN!

I like it,I love it,I want some more of it! give me more Le Labo give me more!

Seriously though,the sharp green drenched creamy sandle wood is gret for all your tropical adventures or just sitting by the fireplace reminiceing about my trips to the Amazon or watching The River!

Mar
31
2012
syndromes
syndromes

magnifico! comprende! ok now listen up, who has an idea of a badass JASMINE/leather/boozy/chypry/dark- key words badass and jasmine. peace

Feb
12
2012
s2164059
s2164059

Right of the bat you can tell this is a quality fragrance. Very well balanced with a development that is interesting while subtle. The wood, musk and leather are very well done. I have zero idea what papyrus smells like so I wont comment on it. Unfortunately I wont be buying a full bottle of this. On my skin the spices that come through are not particularly pleasing. The spices make me thinking of taking all the bottles from your spice rack and opening them at the same time. I don't want people to think I smell like a kitchen.
Further more, not unisex at all. Masculine.

Feb
09
2012
prot72
prot72

I hope that everyone understand obsession and dreaming of some fragrances. For long long time I didn't have opportunity to be in the cities where Le Labo has it's store. Fortunately I decided to spend New Year's eve in Berlin. So finally it happened... now I'm happy owner of newest Le Labo creation - Santal 33. This is so wonderful, and so mysterious fragrance that I can't resist ... Every moment I'm keeping my nose in my wrist. Life is more colorful :-)))) The fragrance is made with passion, extremely well balanced. It develops to extremely woody and dry sandalwood. It is not creamy or delitious at all. When I'm wearing Santal I feel that I'm in India ancient temple. It creates very peaceful aura as for meditation. Beside the sandalwood the most prominent notes, however not listed, are figs and coconuts - I promise both have to be present in this composition. These accords are perfectly balanced wits papyrus, one of my favorite notes. Papyrus gives Santal 33 some sharpness and freshness similar to cut grass (this is probably coumarin prominent in fresh hay). The silage is amazing ... Fragrance lasts on my skin for hours and can be easily recognize even day after use. So I have new discovery for the New Year.

Happy New Year to everyone!

Jan
02
2012
alfarom
alfarom

Love it! I was ready for another prentetious (and disappointing) release from the guys at LeLabo but Santal 33 is just amazing.

Opens with a transparent and very dry cardamom note joined by cedar and a light violet. Papyrus and iris follow right away adding a slightly green, sort of wet, note that's just perfect and preserves the fragrance from being too overpowering or too loud. In this phase Santal 33 introduces a moderatley sweet, subtle yet remarkable, fig/coconut accord that enhances the creamy undertones throughout while a nutty-woody sandalwood make its appearance to drive the fragrance towards the spicy-woody-ambery drydown.

Personally I wouldn't classify this as a sandalwood prominent composition and while the main note is surely remarkable, the fragrance is so well blended and orchestrated to leave enough space to all the other elements to properly shine and play their roles.

While being definitely different, Santal 33 made me somehow think about Papyrus De Ciane, Jardins De Kerylos and Calamus (expecially just right after the opening). It doesn't exactly shares many similarities with the aforementioned fragrances but the papyrus note is not very distant from the transparent interpretation Guillame gave us in PDC while the fig/coconut accord is just as refined and sophisticated as the one in Jardins De Kerylos (even if definitely toned down in the LeLabo). Last but not least, I experience the same slight wet/green, sort of cardboard-like, vibe that I much enjoy in Calamus.

Original, sophisticated and if moderately applied, very easy to wear. A big winner.

Rating: 8.5/10

Dec
20
2011
Scentrist
Scentrist

I've had both Creed's Original Santal and Le Labo's Santal 33. Of the two, Santal 33 strikes me as the more interesting composition for a few reasons.

There is a nice augmentation with cardamom and spices, along with papyrus wood and cedar. It's woody yet has a certain spicy character. As it hits its stride and moves into a base, you begin to then feel a leather/amber vibe to it that seems to augment rather than overpower the sandalwood. Longevity and sillage are amazing, especially when compared to the Creed fragrance. It lasts very well, and still unfolds as the experience progresses.

None of this takes anything away from the Creed, which I found much lighter and more linear by comparison; however, if I had the choice, I'd gravitate toward Santal 33 almost every time. For me, the combination 'feels' very natural and rugged, perhaps a little less 'refined' and conservative than Original Santal, and it may not be an entirely fair comparison.

Le Labo can often be a bit hit-or-miss. As for Santal 33, it's definitely one I'd say that they've hit the mark.

Nov
07
2011
missk
missk

Santal 33 has re-sparked my adoration for Le Labo. This fragrance is oh, so perfect in terms of being leathery, smooth and woodsy. I am once again reminded that Le Labo can capture my heart time and time again.

The opening of this fragrance is a fine blend of Australian sandalwood, cardamom and an array of exotic spices. I particularly love the use of Australian sandalwood here, as it evokes many memories for me as a child having grown up surrounded by Australian bushland. Although quite masculine, this composition is easily unisex on my skin, with a delicious, dry smokiness.

The leather kicks in towards the heart, where it proves itself to be just as good as any other popular leather fragrance on the market. This fragrance has guts and attitude. The raw and slightly dirty aspect is what draws me in and keeps me interested.

Although the sandalwood features strongly in the opening, it's the cedar that compliments Santal 33 in the drydown. The papyrus and amber create an added sharpness, that can appear to be biting at first, but rather unique and pleasing after the initial shock has subsided.

The Santal 33 experience will mostly likely vary from person to person. From this fragrance I detected a vast amount of country aromas, particularly that of the Australian bush in Summer. There is also an occasional hint of milky woods, that aren't really creamy, but instead fresh and white.

In terms of longevity and sillage, Santal 33 projects well, lasting well into the next day if you permit it. All in all, I'm impressed by this new inclusion to the Le Labo range.

Oct
08
2011
Yamba1
Yamba1

I had forgotten the listed notes when I tested this and on opening, detected what I thought was a strong fig note, albeit leaning towards the woody side, rather than gourmand. I was surprised to see there is no fig listed and can only conclude this must be the violet (??)
Longevity and sillage of Santal 33 is impressive and after the strong opening, the scent matures and the complex leathers and woods start to take front stage.
For those peole who enjoy 'unravelling' a scents layers, I would recommend Santal 33.
As with all Le Labo offerings, the quality of the ingredients is evident, as is the creativity.

Jun
18
2011
al.to
al.to

premised: i'm not an expert
Very interesting!
unusual like Le labo know-how.
A little bit of fresh fruit..melon maybe prickly pear
dust sandalwood and a lot of soft vintage leather
The idea is Malboro man-cowboy in Texas?
ok to me remeber old grandad's mountain boots
vintage and cover of dust with a smell of soil.
it blend with skin so much that seems to be your skin "taste"
nothing similar
for brave man
I like,perhaps I'll buy it

Jun
16
2011
qube
qube

Santal 33 sorprende por una candida calidez -perfecta para los primeros dias de primavera- a la vez que por un misterioso juego de notas. Mas diurno que nocturno este perfume masculino es, a mi parecer, perfecto para dias grises de lluvia en los que el suave aroma de las maderas nos traen ese sol que tanto esperamos despues del largo invierno...

Jun
03
2011

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