Dries Van Noten Santal Greenery Eau de Parfum opened with a milky fig with zesty citrus–tangy and fresh without leaning into bitter–that slowly morphed into the crisp, green leaf around the creamy fig, so it was never particularly sweet. Between the subtle fig fruit quality, the smooth, creamy nature of the sandalwood amplified the milkiness of the composition. I felt like the greenness helped to keep the fragrance lighter and more lifted overall.
Santal Greenery Notes
It is described as a balance between “resilient sandalwood with the lively, green leaf of fig.” Here are the notes:
- top notes: bergamot, grapefruit
- heart notes: violet leaves, creamy fig accord
- base notes: sandalwood, white musk
What does Santal Greenery Smell Like?
It opened with a slightly sweetened, creamy fig that was smooth with an undercurrent of acidity from the bergamot and grapefruit, which gave it a lift and a hint of freshness, lightening the overall opening without adding any bitterness. The greenery of the fig played a larger role after 10 minutes of development, which continued to lighten the scent to something breezy, summery, and smooth with hints of sandalwood in the background.
Santal Greenery smelled a lot like it was titled; there was a smooth, creamy sandalwood vibe (that actually reminded me of Le Labo’s Santal 33 at times) with fresher, slightly crispier greenness and a bit of milky fig, just barely sweet and fruity.
The musk crept in after four hours and started off as minimal and then amplified as the drydown was mostly sandalwood and musk.
It lasted for eight hours until it was a skin-scent and about 12 hours before it was quite difficult to detect on my skin. The sillage and projection were moderate with the sillage dropping faster than the projection within the second hour of wear.
Pleasant. That was the word that came to mind; it was kind of what I was hoping it would be, for me: something a little lighter and airier for summer, the milky quality of the fig giving me beach-going vibes (without going full-on coconut), while the green fig leaf kept it from being heavy, sweet, and fruity. The sandalwood was a beautiful backdrop across it all. At this price point, one, I definitely need to work my way through my discovery set and see which scents pull me in, and two, I’m not sure I’d wear it often enough to justify a bottle, but I thoroughly enjoyed wearing this one until the last couple of hours where the musk was stronger (not my favorite note).
These are more subjective feelings based on what I like (or don’t like) in a perfume as well as considering the fragrance against other perfumes I own and love.
For testing, I used a fraction of a 2ml sample vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist area. I used an unscented moisturizer prior to applying the scent as I found scent did not hold well here otherwise.
I purchased my sample as part of a discovery set in May 2022; fragrances are known to be reformulated over their lifetime, so be mindful of when a review was made, e.g. a review from 2010 may not reflect what the same-named perfume smells like in 2022.
Santal Greenery is available for $305.00 for 100ml or $375.00 for 200ml (refill).
If possible, I highly recommend trying a fragrance before purchasing a full bottle because fragrance can wear differently just because of skin chemistry. Skin chemistry can effect not just the longevity of a fragrance but also what notes are prominent or hidden.
Santal Greenery Samples
We recommend trying one of the brand’s discovery sets before investing in a bottle.