Santal Basmati by Affinessence is a Floral Woody Musk fragrance for women and men. Santal Basmati was launched in 2015. The nose behind this fragrance is Alexandra Carlin.
The deeply fragrant aroma of Basmati rice is one of the best smells in the world, and frankly, we’re a little surprised it doesn’t turn up in more perfumes. In Santal Basmati, perfumer Alexandra Carlin, taking her cue from founder Sophie Broneau’s passion for basenotes, cleverly pairs the scent of cooked rice to the most precious and fragrant of woods: Mysore sandalwood (s. album), grown sustainably in Kerala. Why clever? Well, you’ll notice that basmati rice has a lot in common with sandalwood – they share a certain creaminess, as well as a steamy, nutty undertone akin to grains toasted in butter and cooked long and slow in milk. Santal Basmati simply identifies the facets they have in common, unites them, and serves us up a bowl of pure bliss.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that, given all these milky, woody notes, Santal Basmati is a rather heavy concoction – but it’s really not. A remarkable sleight of hand injects the composition with an airiness that ensures that, while certainly comforting and warming, the scent wears as lightly as a silk cardigan. The sweetness level is nicely judged too, with a buttered popcorn nuance adding a hint of salt, and a supporting framework of woods that stops the scent tipping over completely into rice pudding territory. If you love the triple crème comfort factor of woody gourmands such as Santal Majuscule (Serge Lutens), Palo Santo (Carner Barcelona), or Praliné de Santal (Pierre Guillaume), then let us tell you straight: you need some Santal Basmati in your life.
Santal Basmati by Affinessence Fragrance Notes
Mysore sandalwood, basmati rice, patchouli, iris, cashmeran.
Important info: Here, we sell decants only. Affinessence Santal Basmati perfume sample is a hand-decanted fragrance sample from the original licensed design house fragrance. The original bottle on the main picture is not for sale, it just shows the original bottle from which perfume will be decanted. Therefore, the customer will receive the authentic fragrance poured from the original bottle into a new sterile vial.