Our Mona di Orio Santal Nabataea samples and decants are rebottled by Scent Split from genuine fragrance bottles. Scent Split is a wholly independent entity not affiliated, connected, or associated with Mona di Orio.
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Original bottle not included with purchase. Scent Split rebottles the genuine fragrance into smaller bottles.
Inspired by the shifting red, pink, and cream layers of the sandstone at Petra, Jordan, Fredrik Dalman wanted to create a perfume that might bring the memory of the 4th century BC Nabataean Kingdom, for whom Petra was the capital city, back to life. A nomadic tribe by nature, Petra was a touchstone for the Nabataeans, and the main focal point of trade in the region. Santal Nabataea honors the inspiration of Petra in two ways: via references to the exotic fruit and spices traded in Petra at the time, and by using certain materials to emulate the dusty, rosy colors and textures of the sandstone of this haunting city.
And wow, does it succeed. In exploring the dusty and sometimes astringent heart of true sandalwood, rather than its famously creamy facet, Santal Nabataea is that rare thing – a perfume that smells genuinely exotic in and of itself, rather than simply stuffed with as many exotic notes the perfumer can think of. A pared-back structure demonstrates confidence in its own ability to deliver its message without unnecessary embellishment. All the other notes here exist to showcase the sandal – the black pepper creating a spicy darkness at the back of your throat, the coffee deepening its masculine growl, and the black currant leaf and apricot notes giving off a tannic tea-like nuance that matches the wood in astringency. If it’s the brusque, aromatic dryness of real sandalwood that you love, then make sampling Santal Nabataea a priority. Featuring sustainably-sourced santalum album from Australia as well as Indian sandalwood, it’s the (rare) real deal.
black pepper, black currant leaf, apricot, nerium oleander, opoponax, Australian santalum album sandalwood, Indian sandalwood, coffee
If Indiana Jones wore a fragrance it would be Santal Nabataea. I wouldn’t make it my signature or my daily, but if I was a gent, I absolutely would have it in heavy rotation especially during the warmer months. I definitely adore wearing it on a dry hot day, or as a power scent when I'm giving that Katherine Hepburn vibe. It strikes me strongly of that dry wood smell inside a sauna, in the most pleasing sense. I requested Scent Split to pick this fragrance up , then shortly after my husband gifted my with a full bottle. For those who love to layer fragrances, Santal Nabataea layers so beautifully with Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino or for vintage fragrance lovers the classic Muehlen's 4711. I like to think it gives it a little Indy meets Marion vibe, if you catch my drift. Once I struck on this combination I gravitated to this mix all summer long and it was a compliment getter. For sandal wood lovers looking for something unique or any archeologist at heart, I highly recommend playing it adventurous and picking up a decant of Mona Di Orio's Santal Nabataea . While you're at it you can't go wrong adding Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino to compliment your selection.
I’m not a fan of this scent - it leads with black pepper but the back notes make it a little nauseating. I’m not sure why, can’t put my finger on it, but it has a little bit of a medicinal smell.