A balanced, classic sandalwood scent with earthy undertones and an amber base gives this fresh cut wood scent layers of complexity.
Like so many others, I’ve tried my share of natural deodorants over the years in hopes of finally finding something to replace my use of the standard and reliable aluminum-based antiperspirants once and for all. Some have been moderately successful, more have failed, but I’ve always been most disappointed by their lack of options when it comes to scents. However, over the past decade, both old and new brands seem to be moving on from baby powder and eucalyptus to much more interesting and developed fragrances. Corpus is definitely one of these brands and Santalum has quickly become a favorite of mine.
Corpus Naturals is a newer brand founded in 2018 and offers several fragrance options featuring a variety of florals and citrus but it was Santalum’s and its woody notes of cedar and sandalwood that drew my attention most. When it arrived in its beautiful package landing somewhere between seafoam and mint green, I was excited to test it out.
The overall fragrance is relatively mild. In fact, upon opening the package, I was surprised that it wasn’t a bit more punchy. I was a little concerned on how it would hold up throughout the day. I had to really breathe it in to get a true sense for it, but rest assured, all the advertised notes of sandalwood, cedarwood, and amber were all present. The first two being the most obvious. There’s almost a mossy-ness to it as well which I appreciated quite a bit and the woody notes are more oily than dry. I really, really like it.
One of the main benefits of using a natural product is how it wears on the skin. Santalum goes on smoothly without any tackiness or wetness. It’s quite moisturizing, and after a few minutes, it’s not noticeable at all.
Of course, it’s hard to discuss any qualities of a natural deodorant without addressing the most obvious question of them all, does it actually work? At this point, and certainly during the past decade with aforementioned influx of options, the answer is still as ambiguous as they are for any other alternatives to the norm such as sugar, butter, or more similarly, toothpaste. The answer seems to always be, “it depends…”
Santalum can be very effective under the right conditions. I prefer to wear it, like any other natural option, either in the evening or during months and days with cooler temperatures. I’ve worn it out to dinner, as I run errands, and even during walks and light exercise. Under those circumstances, it hasn’t failed me yet, and the pleasant, moderate fragrance is present but not heavy which is exactly all I would want. In fact, I would say it projects much more while used that just sitting in its package which makes sense as it would be much more noticeable than I would prefer if it were any stronger.
Now where it doesn’t stand up as well without reapplication is during peak Texas summer and more strenuous physical activity like sports or yard work. It’s not an antiperspirant and the scent is only going to cover so much. So who really wants to reapply under those conditions, am I right? In my experience, it’s just better to save it for more relaxed activities and milder weather which is when it really earns its keep. I will definitely keep this around for just those instances.