a journey of the senses by FLACONNEUR
SANTAL MAJUSCULE – 2012 – ♂♀
Classification: Oriental Woody
Base: Rose, Tonka Bean
Price: $140 for 50ml bottle
The long-awaited arrival of another creation from Serge Lutens has come to fruition. I sat with bated breath in anticipation of something new from the spice master himself. This Fall’s release however was an unfortunate experiment with a huge lack of creativity entitled Santal Majuscule.
Santal Majuscule invokes memories of so many other important Serge Lutens fragrances it make me dizzy. The opening gets underway with the signature dry, aromatic Serge Lutens’ type sandalwood. Unfortunately, Serge has pull the pulled on the amp and this sandalwood is soft and virtually taciturn. Generally speaking, Serge Lutens’ sandalwood based fragrances live large but not so much in Santal Majuscule. The thing that troubled me the most was the similarity to, well, two or three of Serge Lutens’ other fragrances. I found myself checking the label on the vial to make sure I wasn’t sampling Rousse or perhaps Santal de Mysore. The heart note of cocoa brought me back to my beloved Five O’Clock Gingembre. It was if I were trapped in a time machine, being transported back to some other Serge Lutens masterpiece. The rose base was the only element of Santal Majuscule that was different and not so much the pretty rose in Sa Majesté la Rose. This rose was soft and supple and nicely paired with the cocoa and sandalwood. The rose element is something that I forgot completely about in only a few minutes. The dry-down was of many of the other Surge Lutens’ fragrances previously mentioned, interesting but previously experienced.
I hope that Santal Majuscule isn’t an introduction to a long line of rehashed ideas. I would be thoroughly disappointed if the king of spice gives me nothing new to look forward except more of the same.