There is a short interview with Serge Lutens in the latest catalog from Barneys. Among other things, he links Santal Blanc to the smell of fresh bread from the bakeries in Lille where he was born, and when asked what fragrance he is wearing now, he replies:
I don’t often wear them but my favorites remain “Sa Majesté de Rose”, “Amber Sultan” et “Clair de Musc”. I constantly create new compositions and take note of their chemical reaction on my own skin.
I can only assume these are his favorites from the export collection only.
Nobody asked, but my favorites from Serge Lutens: Tubereuse Criminelle, Iris Silver Mist, Douce Amere, Santal Blanc, and Fleurs de Citronnier. There are at least 5 others that I wear occasionally. I still have not tried the new Miel de Bois, but it seems to be more popular on Basenotes than Makeupalley, so I assume it has a masculine slant.
Huge thanks to Annie for sending the article to me!