Got a small atomizer decant of this from the Perfumed Court. Tried a spritz of it on my wrists tonight.
Holy CRAP, guys. This stuff is intense. The opening is a real blast, I mean it really announces itself. I don't have an educated sniffer but even I could pick out the mixture of lavender, rose & sandalwood that came roaring out of the atomizer. It's been a little over an hour since I sprayed it on and it's starting to dry down to really nice, really dry, very true sandalwood.
This is quality stuff.
Here's one of the reviews from basenotes:
As usual with a Lorenzo Villoresi fragrance, Sandalo begins with an explosion. Its primary character in its opening is probably accomplished by the rosewood / lavender combination Ė quite aromatic, and, to my nose, developing an aoud-like quality. I do find the combination of rosewood, lavender, neroli, and rose a bit reminiscent of the original Ungaro III (the ORIGINAL Ungaro III, not the inferior recent re-issue). Sandaloís opening certainly is potent, and the rosewood accord stays around for a long time. I would guess that I get the top and the middle notes together, all at once, because I can immediately identify most of the top and mid notes, and because the first accord lasts a very long time. In fact, the strong wood notes substantially destroy my ability to appreciate the floral notes of the middle because the florals stay very much in the background. With the drydown, the fragrance considerably quiets down, finally, to a full, rich sandalwood skin scent Ė about as good of sandalwood note as Iíve experienced. I originally thought that this fragrance was short lived. But Iíve found that this is another scent that quickly tires my nose. The sandalwood comes back when I leave off sniffing for a quarter hour, and then try it again.
Since I donít get the clarity of the opening and mid accords that others get, but instead I get a basically undistinguished and undifferentiated rosewood accord that overwhelms, I'm tempted to vote a neutral, but the drydown is too good for that.