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What does Sandalwood Smell Like?

Sandalwood comes from trees with heavy yellow wood. It is likely to hold its smell for decades. Sandalwood, by its name, has a woody fragrance, fitting for both masculine and feminine scents. It is one of the most profound ingredients, commonly used as a base note in major luxury brand perfumes. Other than using it for its fragrance, sandalwood is antiseptic as well. 

Why is Sandalwood Expensive? 

Sandalwood oil is an essential oil used in fragrances, cosmetics, and even mild flavoring in foods. It is 50-60% concentrated, depending on the species or the tree’s age. Sandalwood is expensive because it’s rare due to high demand. Mainly Indian and Australian sandalwood is used widely. However, due to excessive smuggling, the Indian government takes over all the plantations. Another reason why it is expensive is, sandalwood takes time to get mature enough so that the high-quality essential oils can be extracted. This elegant and delicate ingredient has Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi origins.  

What does sandalwood smell like? 

The scent is warm and smooth, which goes well with a variety of top notes. It’s subtle and profound with no bright or bold tinges. Sandalwood is also used for aromatherapy as its scent is calm and soothing. Ideally used for winter fragrances, sandalwood gives depth to a scent that lingers an eternity. However, pairing it with fruity or floral scents will give a fantastic summer fragrance. The sensual feels of sandalwood give a perfume the subtle notes of a little sweet yet creamy touch. 

Because of warm base notes, sandalwood works well with other spicy and earthy notes. Some of the sandalwood perfumes with such notes are: 

Vodka on the Rocks – By Killian 

With just the spicy top notes and all the woody base notes, vodka on the rocks have a teeny tiny bit of sweet rose scent, making it a whole clump of aromatic fragrances. Sexy and elegance is what it smells like. Find a similar note perfume at KDJ Inspired. 

Santal 33 – Le Labo   

this scent feels like a warm snuggle under a soft blanket on a chilly winter night. Sandalwood, cardamom, leather, cedar, and amber blended for a pleasant experience all day long.

Other than all the subtle notes, sandalwood can be a great combo with top fruity and floral notes. Following are the sandalwood perfumes with sweet scents. 

Chanel no 5 by Chanel 

Chanel no 5 is one of the classics in the perfume industry. The vibrant notes make it refreshing in the start; as it fades, the woody notes appear for a longer time.

A Goodnight Kiss – Roja Dove 

The sweet, powdery scent of all the floral notes gives a vintage feel. It’s soft as silk and light to wear—ideal for wearing from morning till evening for a fresh smell.

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