Words: Emily Venables
When you look at the list of notes in a bottle of perfume, you’d be forgiven if some of the ingredients go over your head. An ingredient which is most commonly found in perfume, that you may not come across in other places regularly is sandalwood. Popular within masculine scents, but gaining popularity in feminine blends too, it gives a scent depth and warmth – but what does it smell like?
What does sandalwood smell like?
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that sandalwood has very woody tones to it. But there is a lot more to this beautiful, light scent than the name gives away. It is often described as creamy, as well as earthy, rich and exotic.
The amazing thing about sandalwood is, even though it has its own soft, subtle notes, it works wonderfully as a carrier for other aromas. When blended with other woody or earthy scents, it creates an uplifting fragrance with real depth. It works especially well with cedar, rosewood, patchouli, vetiver and vanilla. So, if you see any of these combinations together – you know you’re on to a winner.
Where does sandalwood come from?
The highest quality of sandalwood can be found in India, and it is extracted from the bark of the Santalum tree by steam. However, due to extremely high demand, there are limitations on the harvest of these trees now. Other types of sandalwood can be found in New Caledonia, Australia and Indonesia – but these trees are considered to have a harsher smell.
Sandalwood fragrances for her
Good Girl by Carolina Herrera
Effortlessly elegant, Good Girl features sandalwood at the heart and is complemented by almond, jasmine, coffee and Tonka bean.
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.
Sandalwood fragrances for him
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.
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.
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