January 31, 2022 3 min read

Sandalwood is a fragrance well known for being bright and fresh when experienced. It serves as a woody base note serves as a way to complement the other aroma notes, making it ideal for blending stronger fragrances. Naturally, we love sandalwood for its easy qualities and talent for enhancing other ingredients. 

Sandalwood is extremely popular, selling in vast numbers as perfumers clamor to incorporate the wood fragrance into as many blends as possible. However, despite its near-total ubiquitousness, sandalwood still feels like something of a mystery to most. 

So, in today's blog, we aim to rectify sandalwood's murky origins and give you a comprehensive idea of sandalwood as an ingredient and as a fragrance. 

Read on! 

Far East Origins

Sandalwood in Oak | Santal en Chene

Sandalwood is most readily associated with the Far East. To a degree, this is correct.

However, sandalwood has much closer ties to the southwest Asian area of India and Pakistan. 

Even during the initial days of human civilization, sandalwood was already a popular addition to many wealthy homes, having been imported from ancient Indian city-states to the great classical powerhouses of Rome, Egypt, and Greece. 

Sandalwood proved invaluable to ancient Egyptians, who made sandalwood a crucial part of the entombing process for deceased Pharaohs.

Similarly, Hindu temples across classical India used sandalwood as a burning incense for ceremonies and rituals. 

Modern Application

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Of course, while it’s nice to think about how ancient civilizations used sandalwood, it still doesn’t explain its current-day usage. We need to dive into what makes up the sandalwood aroma to answer that. 

Sandalwood gives off a bright, sweet scent that at once feels woody and fruity while also velvety and exotic at the same time. Its deep origins and ceremonial value have made sandalwood popular for modern travelers, as it speaks to an unrealized sense of adventure. 

Sandalwood pairs perfectly with aroma notes that feel subtle but can kick into a higher gear if given a chance. As a result, the most common companion of sandalwood in most fragrance blends is vanilla. Vanilla's creamy, calming texture of smell makes it the perfect foil for the bright, woody intensity of sandalwood. 

When combined with other aromas, such as smoky sea salt, or leather, the resulting experience can quickly become extraordinary. 

With Scents of Wood, we try to ensure our sandalwood is brought to its full potential, applying the powerful fragrance to both our bottle and candle-based fragrances. 

Key Applications

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Sandalwood is an ideal partner for certain scents and fragrance types due to its evolving versatility and enhancing qualities. Below are a few examples of how the sandalwood aroma shifts and changes with each application and how this can be used to strengthen other fragrances: 

  • Wood: As an ingredient for a wood-burning-based fragrance, sandalwood provides a wealth of deep and luxurious aromas that become deeper as the wood itself burns. What was previously bright and fruity becomes a darker, tangy aroma that feels spicy and sophisticated. 

  • Leather: As a leather-based fragrance, sandalwood becomes more citrus-based in its experience, evoking ectopic imagery of far-off adventure. 

  • Oil: In a diffuser oil, sandalwood evolves dramatically, turning it’s into a passionate, luxurious base note for other, more seductive, aromas to leap from. 

That’s it for today’s blog, be sure to check back in the week as we delve deeper into the exciting world of luxury barrel-aged scents for the home and personal use.