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The newest arrival from EX NIHILO’s INITIALE Collection, SANTAL CALLING was designed around one of High Perfumery's most iconic ingredients, Sandalwood Album from Australia. Converting his fascination for this precious and almost mystical note, French Perfumer Antoine Maisondieu faced the creative challenge of expressing the compelling attraction ‘the call of Sandalwood’ through a pure Parisian prism.

His idea was to mix contemporary Parisian inspirations with the mystical energy of this ingredient to create a bright and soothing scent that leads to an ultimate addiction.

As a captivating spell for the skin and for the soul, he creates SANTAL CALLING, subtly mixing delicate Musks with an irresistible Milky accord. The smooth essence of Sandalwood is then curled up in an intense Vanilla Bourbon from Madagascar, for a mesmerizing sillage.

Celebrating the best know how and the finest materials of Haute Parfumerie. The INITIALE Collection is available for personalization and features the House’s most iconic olfactory creations.

Olfactory notes

•Top: Milky Accord | • Heart: Iris, Rose, Casherman | • Base: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Musks

Olfactory Family

Woody Floral


Born into a family of Grasse's perfumer, grandson of Albert Camus and cinema lover, Antoine Maisondieu wanted to dedicate his career to film and photography before realizing how much perfume was the perfect medium to express creativity.

Antoine Maisondieu draws inspiration from Visconti, Kubrick and many other geniuses of the 7th art. He develops through his perfumes an original and singular vision of the world, with a beautiful simplicity.

He is now a Senior Perfumer at Givaudan. Some of Antoine's notable fragrances include Armani Code and Burberry Brit. In the niche world, he has collaborated heavily with Comme des Garcons, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Etat Libre d’Orange. SANTAL CALLING is his first creation for EX NIHILO.



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