A must-have in any perfumer’s arsenal, sandalwood forms the base note of countless fragrance compositions. Its milky, suave facets make for a deliciously blendable fixative that has inspired perfumers for millennia. It’s a woody and ambery note with a pervasive warmth that is both velvety-smooth and decadently creamy.
Bois des Iles de Chanel was one of the first feminine woody fragrances, giving pride of place to sandalwood. Republished in 1983 and again in 2007 for "Les Exclusifs" collection, it inspired its masculine version: Egoïste, in 1990, which was a resounding success.