The increased scarcity of sandalwood and Mysore sandalwood in particular, considered to be the best of sandalwoods, has become the bane of the perfume industry. Fragrance supplier Symrise has now announced through perfumer Jean-Claude Delville that they were able to create a more natural-smelling sandalwood accord thanks to two newly designed synthetic molecules from the company: Sandal 80 and Sandranol,
"With Sandalwood being extremely expensive in India, and of varying qualities and accessibility elsewhere, the company created Symrise Sandal 80 and Sandranol, innovative new synthetic materials which bring a more real and natural effect,"...
The new sandalwood odorants were put to the test and finalized into three prototype compositions. Perfumer Christelle Laprade created Sensual Woods 1 a white floriental theme which "...captured the feeling of floral petals in a pool of milk, while bringing Sandalwood to the composition for texture and exploring the trend of Attar for women."
The top notes featured Bergamot, Pink Pepper, and Saffron opening up on a heart of Rose, Violet, Raspberry and Gardenia and lingering on with a Sandalwood finale including Indian Sandalwood Oil, Milk, Musk, and Rice.
Perfumer Emilie Coppermann (Black XS for Her; Karl Lagerfeld Floriental; Six Scents Diagonal (with Gareth Pugh)...) illustrated these new possibilities with Sensual Woods 2. She "...rediscovered the preciousness of a classic oriental woody structure revamped through the character of the Sandalwood, which was modernized with Symrise's creation of Sandal 80 and Sandranol."
Top notes: Bergamot, Peach and a Green note; heart notes: Jasmine, Rose, Ylang Ylang and Carnation; base notes: Sandalwood, Orris, Tonka Bean and Vanilla.
Finally perfumer Mark Buxton, who is well-know for his avant-garde projects with Comme des Garçons and has his own brand now, was the author of Sensual Woods 3. It was described as "a sublimation of natural Incense" further featuring Symrise Ambroxide, Ambrettolide, and Macrolide. "Top notes included Clove, Elemi, and Pink Berry, while its heart was Incense, and its base notes included Amber and Musks."