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Hindinol is a fine sandalwood odour. Fine in the sense that it is more subtle and doesn’t whack you in the face like many other synthetic sandalwood molecules such as Ebanol or the mutant wood Javanol. For me it picks up the top note – suede-like quality of natural sandalwood oil. I recently purchased this from Perfumer Supply House and I am still experimenting with it to find a use for me. I am currently blending it with firsantol, polysantol and natural santalol from Australian sandalwood and the result is like sandalwood sawdust with a touch of cedar. The dry down is richer and smells of natural sandalwood without the density sandalwood tends to have, which can flatten a composition when overdosed. For me, Hindinol wasn’t love at first site but I can appreciate it is an important molecule for reconstituting natural sandalwood.
This is a great value in sandalwood odorants and has some nice qualities that aren’t found in other sandal chems. It is sandalwoody-resinous and doesn’t have the fake “goopy” quality that some of the artificial chems have in concentration. More woody and less gourmand than ebanol or firsantol; to my nose it has a cedar aspect. Not as powerful nor as substantive as the star performers, and there is no chemical substitute for natural sandalwood, but it certainly hits the spot if you’re looking to take sandalwood in a woody-resinous direction (or to give body and richness to resins or cedar) and it doesn’t stick out as artificial, even in concentration. Don’t let the low price fool you, this is quality stuff.
Hindinol is a former Takasago captive. A high grade Sandalwood synthetic, at this price excellent value per money as well!
Very potent and already effective in traces, yet can also be used in fairly large amounts.
It doesn’t last into the final stages of dry-down like some heavy musk molecules or Javanol.
The higher homologue Dartanol / Levosandol is somewhat longer-lasting.
This is what I have written in October on basenotes:
I already had a sample of Hindinol, so I compared it with Sandalmysore Core today. In case you don’t know, they are basically the same molecule (also sold as Santaliff)
But the ratio of isomers is different:
The Hindinol is a clear winner. It is stronger, causes less odor fatigue and has a more natural quality (more woody, almost balsamic-cedarwood, less sweet synthetic).
before someone expects this molecule to be a 1:1 replacement or extender: you can clearly tell the difference to the natural oil, it has the typical “Campholenic-derivative” vibe to it. But don’t get me wrong, I like it very much. And certainly it blends well with other ingredients, creating a more realistic sandalwood (compared to other grades of the material).
Amazing price, and it works very nicely with natural sandalwood oil. I felt at times that it had an animalic/urine aspect to it, but then so too does the natural oil. A very nice staple material.