Perfumes with sandalwood notes are easy to come by, but it’s not as easy as you think to find a genuine sandalwood note as an ingredient. The problem is the cost and rarity of sandalwood oil, which in turn makes certain companies replace it with other similar notes, whether they are synthetic or natural in origin.
You will probably want a perfume that has sandalwood as the dominant, and not just a supporting note of your perfume. Luckily, there is a wide assortment of sandalwood perfumes for both men and women, and you can see some of the best perfumes based on this exquisite note on the right side of this article.
He who ruled scent ruled the hearts of men.
– Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
The origin of the scent
Sandalwood is one of the oldest and one of the elementary incense materials, particularly in Japanese culture. However, this oil is harder and harder to come by, and it takes up to 20 years for the oil to develop in the roots and heartwood of its tree. The highest quality sandalwood oil currently comes from Tamil Nadu, because the oldest trees grow in the area, and other forests which were previously rich in this essential oil producing trees are now almost depleted, and the trees that are there are not mature enough to produce high quality oil for these perfumes.
Sandalwood perfumes for men
Men will want their sandalwood perfume to be a bit simpler and with lingering base notes. For men, it’s better that the perfume is smooth and not to sharp, because they do not want to be stopped and asked why they are wearing a women’s perfume. In the section to the right, you can find several handpicked men’s perfumes with a note of sandalwood.
Sandalwood perfumes for women
Women can have a bit more freedom when choosing perfumes, especially the ones with oriental notes. Sandalwood is perfect for a women’s perfume, and it will not matter if it’s the main, dominant note or the underlying, supportive scent. Women will love it, and it will also linger in the memory of any man who catches its subtle note in the air. Some great examples of fantastic perfumes with this note can be found on the right.
We hope you will find your desired perfume from this small collection.