Crabtree & Evelyn Indian Sandalwood Cologne ~ fragrance review

Ah, the wonderful, long-ago days of fragrance, when perfumers used real Mysore sandalwood (santalum album); now, I only get to smell it in my vintage perfumes — where delicious, irreplaceable Indian sandalwood appears like a ghost, a reminder of a loved one long departed. I probably won’t live to see the return of Mysore sandalwood, if it ever returns — the best sandalwood oil comes from trees fifty years or older. The Indian government’s effort to save surviving, old-growth sandalwood trees is in disarray (with trees, even almost-worthless ‘teenage trees,’ being chopped down all the time on government and private property by thieves who trade in sandalwood oil).

Crabtree & Evelyn says the sandalwood in their Indian Sandalwood Cologne1 (formerly named Sandalwood, and presumably tweaked) is from sustainably harvested sandalwood trees…

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2013, part 7

Our second-to-last holiday gift post for 2013 focuses on budget options and stocking stuffers. Next: luxury, coming up on Sunday.

If you missed them, check out Part 1: scented body products, Part 2: travel sizes & coffrets, Part 3: home fragrance, Part 4: gifts for men, Part 5: teas & sweets and Part 6: more travel sizes & coffrets.

More shopping ideas: see the Winter Holiday Shopping Guide at Chemist in the Bottle.

Yves Rocher Hammam Beauty Ritual Duo

From Yves Rocher’s Hammam collection, a “Beauty Ritual Duo” with soap (scented with jasmine, rose and fruits) and Nourishing Argan Balm (scented with orange blossom). Normally $48, currently on sale for $25 at Yves Rocher

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