Scent 101: What Does Sandalwood Smell Like?

Scent 101: What Does Sandalwood Smell Like? - Haze Fragrance Studio

A spoonful of sandalwood chips

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Sandalwood has always been popular as an aroma for candles. Sandalwood candles have a rich and woody scent that’s instantly recognizable and loved by many people around the world. If you are unfamiliar with this scent, we would like to take this opportunity to take you on a journey to discover this complex yet incredible fragrance!

What is Sandalwood?

Sandalwood is a type of wood from trees in the genus santalum, and it originated in Southern India. The woods are yellow, heavy, and fine-grained; they can retain their unique fragrance for many years. Sandalwood trees have been grown for their oil for thousands of years, and they're famed for their aroma and complexity. Although it is a more expensive type of wood, it’s used in many fragrances, and we also love featuring it in our candle scents to give the scents an extra unique base note. 

What Does Sandalwood Smell Like?

When you first see the name “sandalwood,” you’ll probably connect with the typical woody scent. However, it has a particular scent profile that distinguishes it from other types of woods. Sandalwood is exotic, warm, creamy, smooth, and smooth - you will remember it forever after smelling it. Due to its versatility, it is applied as a base in many fragrances to bind with other scents and add warmth to the final scent. 


What Scents Go Well With Sandalwood?

Sandalwood plays particularly well with floral scents, especially the white flower family, such as jasmine, ylang-ylang, gardenia, magnolia, and orange blossom. Citrusy fragrances also go great with sandalwood, usually combined to accomplish a more intact profile. 

Haze Fragrance Candles with Sandalwood Notes

There are plenty of reasons to love sandalwood. It’s a great scent for both men and women, can make you feel relaxed and positive, and has been used for thousands of years. We have used it in several candle fragrances:

Sandalwood + Blue Sage Candle

One of our favorite scents is Sandalwood + Blue Sage. The scent of warm sandalwood and sage blend with hints of bergamot to create this clean, fresh fragrance. Smooth and soft, it's perfect all year round.

Sandalwood and Blue Sage Scented Wood Wick Candle


Cereal Candle

The sweet fruity fragrance of this cereal scent is bursting with flavor. We have included the slightest sandalwood fragrance in our cereal candle to achieve the ultimate scent profile. The notes in this candle blend together to create a warm and yummy fragrance that’s perfect for your home.

Cereal scented wood wick candle with a bowl of fruit loops beside it