I'm not sure quite what I was expecting when I tested this; it definitely was not to be blown away! Jeffrey Dame is certainly not someone to ignore or to NOT expect great things from, however it takes quite a bit for me to get excited by a new take on a rose - but this did it for me.
In the interest of full-disclosure, I was suffering from a severe migraine when I applied this scent to my right hand for testing - I was uncertain as to whether or not I would want to smell it or not, but rose has the ability to sometimes soothe, so I thought: "why not?".
I was so entranced by the entire scent - though I will admit that my nose did not detect the sandalwood, it may have been so well-blended that I was simply unaware. I just know that I awoke this morning with the gentle vestiges of the scent still lingering and the knowledge that this would soon join my collection as a full bottle.