Let's get one thing out in the open - this doesn't smell like sandalwood. Once you get past that fact, it does smell rather nice, and makes a nice addition to the masculine-leaning scents in the overpriced Hermessence collection.
This reeks of the now-ubiquitous Ellena style (and rightfully so, as he did create it). It's not miles away from the likes of Declaration or Poivre Samarcande, but adds an unexpected twist with some of the creaminess borrowed from Osmanthe Yunnan. All-in-all, a well-made, dry woods concoction with some vague fruity undertones and I'm guessing, a bucket of Iso E Super, in the end giving the impression of sandalwood without actually containing any of it.
Worth the price? Not really, but putting a price on the art of fragrance is a controversial topic on the best of days. I will say that the suede cap is a nice touch, and the taupe-greige colour matches the contents of the bottle perfectly. I hope to see a travel bottle in my future.
Perfumer: Jean-Claude Ellena
Notes: Sandalwood, Massoia