Amazing multifaceted, rich oud fragrance from Cartier!
Oud & Santal take the best of both worlds - agarwood and sandalwood - and present a delightful amalgamation that just puts me immediately into the right mood! Oud is genuinely rubbery and smoky, and the sandalwood dreamy and creamy in a superior way. I swear there's amber in this, though it's not listed in the fragrance triangle: A cinnamon-y, somewhat sweet quality that deepens the experience.
This is honestly one of the best amber oud perfumes I've tried.
It's a classic buttery lumberyard sandalwood mixed with benzoin, incense, and vanilla to form a wonderfully rich amber. There are pie spices and hints of dried fruits on top, while a charred, lightly rubbery oud gives depth of character while adding rich smokiness to the amber.
This sort of reminds me of Costume National's excellent Homme, with it's smoky buttery amber, though I think Oud & Santal's use of oud for smoke instead of the Iso E Super used by Homme is an improvement. Very well done.