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Article: What does Sandalwood Smell Like in Perfume?

What does Sandalwood Smell Like in Perfume? - My Perfume Shop

What does Sandalwood Smell Like in Perfume?

Sandalwood is now a common ingredient in many of today's most popular perfumes.

But what exactly is it, how does it smell, and is it suitable for you?

Sandalwood is a popular ingredient in perfume that you might not encounter in other places on a regular basis. It gives fragrance, depth and warmth, and it's becoming more common in feminine blends as well.

What Does Sandalwood Smell Like?

The tale of how the fragrant bark of India's Santalum trees enchanted the world is told in Sandalwood. It's been used in Hindu and Buddhist worship ceremonies for thousands of years.

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In the West, Sandalwood is frequently used as a home fragrance or as a base in perfumes. It has a warm relaxing quality that explains its immense popularity, but what exactly is the scent of the enchanted?

You won't be shocked to learn that sandalwood has heavy woody undertones. But there's a lot more to this lovely, light fragrance than meets the eye. It's frequently described as creamy, earthy, rich, and exotic.

The best thing about Sandalwood is that, while having its own smooth, subtle sounds, it is an excellent carrier for other scents. It produces an uplifting fragrance of real depth when combined with other woody or earthy scents. It pairs well with Cedar, Rosewood, Patchouli, Vetiver, and Vanilla, to name a few. So, if all of these variations appear together, you know you've hit a winner.

Sandalwood is frequently combined with woody scents like Rosewood or Cedar, as well as essential oils like patchouli, Vetiver, and Vanilla, to add nuance, comfort, and sophistication.

When paired with white florals such as Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Magnolia, Gardenia, or Tuberose, it is a key ingredient in the so-called floriental or floral-amber fragrance families.

But the reason sandalwood has become a mainstay in many men’s (and an increasing number of women’s) fragrances is that it works as an excellent base for many other scents.

Sandalwood Perfume Ingredients | Perfume for Men and Women | My Perfume Shop - Australia

It's a gently woody and long-lasting foundation for Oriental, Woody, Fougere, and Chypre fragrances.

Sandalwood is often used as a fixative in floral and citrus fragrances to extend the life of their more volatile oils.

Where Does Sandalwood Come From?

Sandalwood is the world's second most expensive wood (after African Blackwood).

As a result, instead of being cut at ground level like most forests, the trees are taken down to their roots and harvested to maximise benefit.

Sandalwood of the highest quality is found in India, where it is steam extracted from the bark of the Santalum tree. However, due to extremely high demand, the harvesting of these trees is currently limited. Other varieties of sandalwood can be found in New Caledonia, Australia, and Indonesia, but these trees have a more acrimonious odour.

Today, most of the sandalwood you see on the market now comes from Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Hawaii and Australia.

More recently a synthetic chemical fragrance Isobornyl cyclohexanol is used as an alternative to the natural product.

Sandalwood Fragrances For Her

1. Good Girl by Carolina Herrera

    Effortlessly elegant, Good Girl features sandalwood at the heart and is complemented by Almond, Jasmine, Coffee and Tonka Bean.



    2. Bamboo by Gucci 

      Sandalwood creates a warm foundation at the base of Bamboo by Gucci, holding Italian bergamot at the top, with notes of casablanca, lily, ylang ylang and extra comoros at its heart.

      Gucci Bamboo EDT Perfume for Women | My Perfume Shop - Australia

      3. Diptyque Tam Dao Eau de Toilette (Unisex)

        Tam Dao is a woody masterpiece for both men and women. Powerful notes of sandalwood and cedar are mixed with lighter notes of Italian cypress and myrtle, layered with white musk and spice, and inspired by the Tonkin landscape. It's a comforting, familiar scent that's adaptable and suitable for a variety of situations.

        Diptyque Tam Dao Eau de Toilette

        Sandalwood Fragrances For Him

        1. Fusion D'issey by Issey Miyake 

          This fresh scent uses sandalwood to create a tropical melody of lemon essence, coconut water, and mineral solar accord while patchouli essence grounds the piece at its base.

          Fusion D'Issey by Issey Miyake

          2. Boss Bottled Night by Hugo Boss

            Woody notes are at the heart of this seductive scent from Hugo Boss. Sandalwood sits as a base note and is joined by Bitter Birch leaves, Aromatic Lavender, Cardamom, Jasmine and the rich and exotic new Wood Musky Louro Amarelo.

              3. Creed Original Santal

              Creed's Original Santal is a spicy scent with heavy notes of ginger, cinnamon, and coriander balanced with soft vanilla and lavender if you want a bolder take on sandalwood.

              It's a perfect cold-weather scent because it's deep, creamy, and masculine. 

              It's also a praise magnet.



              4.Gourmand Sandalwood: Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule

                Sandalwood is typically paired with other wood or floral notes. Serge Lutens' daring decision to pair it with cacao and damask rose, on the other hand, paid off. Chocolate, sandalwood, and rose form a sumptuous unisex trio. The ideal scent for a romantic winter evening.

                Gourmand Sandalwood Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule

                Final Thoughts 

                Sandalwood is a perfume ingredient most people cannot do without. It is derived from India, however the charms have spread all over the world. It is a woody note and sometimes it is necessary for the conjecture of all other  of a perfume. If you are interested in a Sandalwood fragrance, order from us now.


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