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11 Scents That'll Make You Love Sandalwood

  • 11 Scents That'll Make You Love Sandalwood
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  • Santal Majuscule Eau de Parfum
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    Let’s start things off with a fragrance that the perfumer himself describes as “sandalwood written in capital letters”: Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule Eau de Parfum ($150)

    Notes: Sandalwood, fresh rose, bitter cacao

    What to Expect: A warm, woody opening note tempered with light floral notes and a snap of cacao at the end to keep things sharp.

  • Parfums Blanche Eau de Parfum
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    As the name suggests, Byredo Parfums Blanche Eau de Parfum ($220) was built around perfumer Ben Gorham’s perception of the color white.

    Notes: Blonde woods, sandalwood, musk, white rose, pink pepper, violet, neroli, peony

    What to Expect: The lighter side of sandalwood—a great option for everyday wear. 

  • Coco Eau de Parfum
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    Chanel Coco Eau de Parfum ($85), a classic fragrance created by Jacques Polge, was inspired by Coco Chanel’s home.

    Notes: Coriander, pomegranate blossom, mandarin orange, Bulgarian rose, mimose, cloves, amber, sandalwood, Tonka bean, vanilla

    What to Expect: A sensual but not overpowering scent that’s great for date night. 

  • Addict
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    Dior’s classic fragrance, Dior Addict Eau de Parfum ($82), blends fresh top notes with the warmth of bourbon, vanilla, and sandalwood. 

    Notes: Mandarin leaves, mulberry flowers, orange flower, bourbon vanilla, sandalwood

    What to Expect: Reach for Addict if you love vanilla but want to try something a little more complex. 

  • Tam Dao Eau de Toilette
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    Diptyque Tam Dao Eau de Toilette ($120) is a tribute to sandalwood, inspired by Goa, India.

    Notes: Rose, myrtle, Italian cypress, sandalwood, cedar, spices, amber, white musk, Brazilian rosewood

    What to Expect: The masculine notes of this fragrance give it a ‘borrowed from the boys’ appeal. 

  • Dries Van Noten
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    Frederic Malle Dries Van Noten ($265) is the first in a series of “olfactory portraits of extraordinary individuals” by the niche French fragrance house.

    Notes: Sandalwood, guaiac wood, Tonka bean, vanilla, saffron, jasmine, musk, bergamot, lemon, nutmeg, cloves

    What to Expect: This comforting unisex scent was just released last year and is already a classic.

  • Premier Figuier Eau de Toilette
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    L’Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier Eau de Toilette ($145) is one of the sweetest on our list.

    Notes: Fig leaves, almond milk, sandalwood

    What to Expect: The fruity fig and dries down to warmer, woodsy notes—this scent feels just as right mid-summer.

  • Pure DKNY Scent Spray
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    DKNY Pure DKNY Scent ($65) is a clean sandalwood experience.

    Notes: Dewdrop petal, lotus flower, Bulgarian rose, jasmine, freesia, orchid, white amber, creamy sandalwood

    What to Expect: Our favorite wood serves as a backdrop for soaring vanilla, making it perfect for those interested in trying out the note within a bouquet of classics. 

  • Sandalwood Essential Oil
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     Maybe a sandalwood scent isn’t for you. Instead, try adding a few drops of this C.O. Bigelow Sandalwood Essential Oil ($24) oil to hot water before steaming your face; it’s both healing and moisturizing. 

Think of sandalwood as a gateway note—it’s an easy place to start if you’ve been loyal to scents like floral and vanilla, but are looking for something slightly richer and more sophisticated. Its smooth warm notes feel particularly right mid-winter, so we suggest taking the plunge now. From spicy to sweet, you’ll find a wide spectrum above.

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