Sandalwood is one of the most popular and most expensive aromatic woods due to its rarity. In powdered form, Sandalwood was being used in solid perfumes and incense in ancient Arab culture. In India, Sandalwood has been used as an aid to meditation in spiritual traditions.

Sandalwood comes from Santalum album which is a parasitic plant feeding on other trees. Although Sandalwood is native to India and southern Asia, modern sandalwood oil is mostly coming from Australia because of extinction fears in India.

The wood has a long-lasting magical scent and can be extracted with steam-distilling the wood or root chipping which can last 2 to 5 days. The heartwood is the most valuable part of the plant. The most precious heartwood comes from the roots with a sweet, sensual, and long-lasting aroma. The good quality sandalwood should have at least 90% Santalol which is the main aromatic component of the wood. Sandalwood binds the other ingredients together in a perfume composition and enhances the longevity of the more volatile notes.

Sandalwood has a warm, smooth, creamy, woody aroma and earthy nature which makes it an excellent ingredient in masculine perfumes. However more recently, exceptional feminine fragrances have come to existence by combining sandalwood with floral and fruity notes such as Iris.

Below are our top five sandalwood fragrances ideal to wear in all four seasons by men and women. You can purchase this set with a bundle discount here.

 

1- TAM DAO EDP by Diptyque

"A memory from the holy forests of Indochina, and the velvety, milky scent of sandalwood burned in temples. Yves Coueslant, one of diptyque’s founders, has never forgotten this fragrance from his childhood illustrated by stately sandalwood from Mysore." - A note from the brand

 

2- SANTAL 33 by Le Labo

"Imagine sitting in solitude on the rugged, wide plains of the American West, firelight on your face, indigo-blue night skies above. There is nothing around save for the soft, desert wind. You. Are. Free. 

From this defining vision was born SANTAL 33: a perfume that touches the vast and wild universality of this dream... that intoxicates... It combines a mix of cardamom and notes of iris and violet, which crackle in the formula. Added to this smoking wood alloy (Australian sandalwood, cedarwood) are some spicy, leathery, musky notes, giving this perfume its signature and addictive comforting scent.

Here is, in a few words, what SANTAL 33 is... An open fire…The soft drift of smoke…Where sensuality rises after the light has gone." - A note from the brand
 
 
3- DANS TES BRAS by Frederic Malle
"A moment of closeness full of promise and the addictive feeling of mutual dependency. Cashmeran, which performs like a vibrating musk, is crowned with violet, warmed by heliotrope and imbued with the saltiness of moist skin. Sandalwood adds a milky softness, and white musk, a clean magnetism, evoking the scent of someone you couldn’t live without." - A note from the brand
 
 
4- SANTAL CARMIN by Atelier Cologne
"Personal satisfaction is what you are striving for. With every challenge comes experience. You know it. But sometimes enough is enough. You need to take some time off to think about what you really want from life. And whom you want in it. At that very moment, a warm, woody scent puts your thoughts on standby. You suddenly feel relaxed.

Rich and deep, the wood perfume Santal Carmin by Atelier Cologne creates pleasant sensations. Made of sandalwood from Australia, bergamot from Italy and guaiac wood from Central America, this unisex perfume helps you feel confident and comfortable. This sensual fragrance will add a touch of softness and roundness to your personality." - A note from the brand
 
 
5- SANTAL COMPLET by Fragrance Du Bois
"The perfect antidote to a cold, winter’s day, Santal Complet’s delicious coconut opening makes you close your eyes and dream of sunny days in paradise. Bright, lemony notes cede to an unfettered heart of violet and black pepper, before creamy base notes of sandalwood, amber, musk and vanilla provide the crowning glory in what is a soft, sensual and meditative santal and coconut fragrance." - A note from the brand

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