Huh? How did the king of Latin rock go from Woodstock to department store beauty counters? From “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va” to women’s perfume, men’s cologne, and fragrant gift sets for both? It seems incongruous, and yet the last 40 years have led logically to this state of affairs.
Carlos Santana Cologne and Perfume
Having ventured into the arenas of sound, sight, and taste, Carlos now steps into the world of scent. To this end, he has introduced lines of products for both men and women, that include cologne, perfume, deodorant, body wash, and body lotion.
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Carlos Santana for Women
In the words of one website, “Carlos Santana For Women Perfume blends subtle florals with exotic fruits and fills out the scent with soft, sensuous musk to produce a warm, seductive fragrance.” This is achieved by combining the following “notes” into a whole (“notes” are the distinct, individual elements with which a man-made scent is created):
Neroli Flower, California Pear Skin, Cassis, Coconut Water, Freesia, Japanese Plum, Calla Lily Accord, Iris, Chocolate, Musk, and Sandalwood.
The Carlos Santana for Women line includes perfume (two sizes), silk body lotion, and moisturizing body wash, — all of which can be purchased separately, or in a nicely packaged Carlos Santana for Women Gift Set.
Carlos Santana for Men
Described as a “woody” fragrance for men, Carlos Santana Cologne combines the following “notes” into a complete scent:
Although not as strong as a perfume, or “Eau de Parfum,” the cologne embodies a subtle scent that is especially effective at close quarters. While it may not command attention in a crowded social situation, it is well-suited to more intimate encounters.
Also available in Santana’s men’s line are a deodorant and body wash. The three come packaged in an attractive Carlos Santana Gift Set as well.
Scent of Carlos Santana
Over the last decade, since the release of 1999’s Supernatural album that captured nine Grammy awards and supercharged his career, Santana has taken advantage of the opportunities that have presented themselves. No longer just a guitar player, songwriter, and bandleader, Carlos Santana has evolved into a brand name: a cultural icon that exceeds the sum of his musical talents.
Even before “Smooth,” “Maria Maria,” “Game of Love,” and other songs introduced Santana to a younger crowd (and reinvigorated his standing with previous generations), Carlos had developed his own line of Paul Reed Smith guitars, and helped launch the Mesa Boogie amplifier company. More recently, he has built a line of women’s footwear (Carlos by Carlos Santana shoes), opened a chain of eateries featuring innovative Mexican cuisine (Maria Maria restaurants), and created a charitable organization — The Milagro Foundation — through which much of the profits of these ventures are funneled to children’s charities around the world.