From melting toffee to sweet and salted wood, Palo Santo is a strange one, but it's a familiar kind of strangeness. The odour profile from start to finish is dense and buttery, but as the projection is a bit tentative, it doesn't overwhelm. This toffee-impregnated woody with slightly boozy breath has a kind of maple syrup and bacon meatiness about it which is perhaps aiming to achieve an olfactory umami sensation. If Jeux de Peau rocked your boat, then this may also be worth your while.
I think the listed notes in Palo Santo (2015) of guaiac wood and cedar may be the dominant smell of this in the top, based on similar-smelling fragrances with those notes, such as Affinessence Cèdre-Iris (2015, which lists both) and Olympic Orchids woodcut (2014, which lists cedar).
This one also lists warm milk, which does seem to match.
Into the base, I started liking it and switched from neutral to thumbs up.
I have tried Palo Santo cone (thanks to Hat and Beard) and liked it. This is not like that at all. I thought maybe Carner meant Guaiac wood when they say Palo Santo but nope, not getting that either. The other problem with this fragrance is that it sucks.
So not Palo Santo and not good.
A quiet and somewhat gauche duo of sweet milky caramel and difficult dry woods.
The opening flourish of disinfectant and acid fruity syrup hints at interesting things to come but sadly these fade out far too soon. This leaves the field open to a vaguely unsettling and unpalatable dry woody iris set against a thick and creamy comfort-food caramel.
The obvious tension in this repulsion / attraction gourmand theme has potential to be developed but the challenge is ducked. What could have been a meditation on the complexities of taste and eating issues gets lost as the edgy appetite sapping wood is swamped by an excess of sweet caramel.
There's a mildly surprising twist that leads to a drydown of orange inflected woods, which is ok, but between the first act and the finalé of this teenage Samsara there lies a long boring interlude and a missed opportunity.