Santal Sacré is one of four perfumes in the new Decennial line, launched by perfume e-tailer Lucky Scent to celebrate their tenth birthday -- and their home in Los Angeles.
Baby Lucky Scent grew up to encompass Scent Bar, the Hollywood smell spot where celebrity fumeheads include Morrissey (Comme des Garçons Avignon), Tilda Swinton (Etat Libre d'Orange Like This) and Debra Messing (Bruno Acampora Musc).
Lucky Scent lads Adam and Franco invited me to have a sniff round the Decennials and swoop in for a close-up on my favorite. I liked them all: Nuit Épicée -- an earthy, boys-y gourmand; the dry sweet powder of Lys du Desert; Bois Bourbon, with its creamy saffron/almond booze cloud.
But it was Santal Sacré that seized me. It's a pleasing, peppery swirl of incense, sandalwood, cedar and musk. Santal Sacré's underlying vegetation indicates that one's sacred space might be found in the chaparral of the Hollywood hills, somewhere between the Hollywood Sign and Griffiths Observatory.
Fans of robust, outdoorsy incense fragrances like Satellite Padparadscha and Sonoma Scent Studio Incense Pure will enjoy holy-rollin' with Santal Sacré.