Creed Original Santal, originally released in 1995 by the venerable House of Creed under the direction of master perfumer Olivier Creed. The fragrance is unisex and inspired by Asia, falling squarely in the woody and oriental scent families. As with almost all Creed fragrances, the scent is released in millesime strength, which is comparable to Eau de Parfum, the highest concentration possible with the exception of pure parfum. This makes it last longer because each drop of this enchanting elixir is stronger.
It is no exaggeration to say that the Creed Original Santal is one of my favorite scents in the world, from any perfume house. The bottle on my desk is already heavily used and I find myself enjoying the softer base notes hours after the first spritz was applied.
Creed Original Santal Notes
According to the official Creed literature, Original Santal is “made with heartwood essence of royal sandalwood trees from Mysore, India and other pure ingredients revered for their capacity to soothe.” The top notes, middle notes, and base notes are as follows:
- Top Notes: Royal Indian Sandalwood, Cinnamon Evoking Calm and Home, Divine Coriander, Fragrant, Cleansing Juniper Berry
- Middle Notes: Tender Lavender, Leaves of the Absolute Orange Tree, Fragrant Rosemary, Revitalizing Ginger
- Base Notes: Soulful Tonka Bean, Dreamlike Vanilla
Famous Wearers of Creed Original Santal
Creed Original Santal has been worn by David Beckham, Queen Noor of Jordan, Beyonce, George Clooney, and Bob Costas, among other celebrities, executives, politicians, and world leaders.
Available Sizes and Price for Bottles of Creed Original Santal
If you decide that Original Santal is the perfect fragrance for you, there are several sizes from which you can choose.
- A 1 ounce / 30 ml travel size bottle that retails for $130.00
- A 2.5 ounce / 75 ml bottle that retails for $225.00
- A 4.0 ounce / 120 ml bottle that retails for $270.00
- A 8.4 ounce / 250 ml flacon bottle that retails for $350.00
You should note that Creed controls its distribution model tightly. You cannot buy Creed fragrances at a discount. The only way you will ever see a bottle of Creed selling for less than retail is if it is 1.) counterfeit, 2.) past its shelf life date and department stores won’t sell it for the sake of their reputation, or 3.) used. Really. We promise – it just isn’t possible and you will probably be cheated out of your money if you try to be clever.
Related Original Santal Products
There are several products offered by Creed in the Original Santal family, including bar soap, hair and body wash, deodorant, shaving soap, and more.
Where You Can Buy Creed Original Santal
Creed fragrances including Original Santal can be purchased at fine retailers throughout the world. In the United States, this includes Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Halls, and Neiman Marcus. You can also order online from the official Creed Boutique, which operates a store in New York City.