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    Default Re: What does sandalwood smell like?

    This is a tough one... Mysore sandalwood has an earthy damp almost fungus( but not in a bad way) smell... It's rich, deep and powerful

    Sandalwood in some forms can smell either piney( like art if shaving sandalwood) or like fresh cut wood with a little varnish on it( tam dao) or creamy and spicy( like egoiste, trumper sandalwood, or costume national 21)

    It can smell very different depending on who you talk to, I like it very much wen it is creamy but not when it's sharp and herbal

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    I'm also going with the "creamy" description. When it's sharp, spicy, piney, etc., I think that's usually because it's mixed with other notes, which become difficult to separate from the sandalwood itself.

    Think rich, milky wood.

    I think the most literal interpretation is Floris Sandalwood (not Santal).
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    To me, sandalwood is the smoothest and sweetest of all of the wood notes. The sweetness from sandalwood is not like most sweet notes; the only sweetness I can compare it with is vanilla. As both of these notes are creamy, sweet, and have a little spice. They both have the same construction and feel.

    I bought this "Spa Collection" brand scented potpourri spritz from Dollar Tree. The name is actually "Sandalwood and Amber" it doesn't really have amber in it to my nose, more of a direct sandalwood spray. It's a very good take on sandalwood actually, I recommend looking for a cheap sandalwood potpourri spray if you can find one. Sandalwood is a very very cheap fragrance oil/essential oil, one of the cheapest made, so it's common to find good sandalwood potpourri/room sprays for relatively low prices. Same with vanilla potpourri/room sprays.

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    There is more than one variety of sandalwood. Recommend you get samples of Mysore Sandalwood and Australian Sandalwood from profumo.it (or The Perfumed Court) and you will be able to judge for yourself what the non-synthetic components smell like as liquid.
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    I agree that the beauty of good sandalwood is its inherent creamy sweetness, but it also has a bitter/sour side. It's wood, after all.

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    Sandalwood does not smell spicey, piney, sweet or turpey at all. These typical sandalwood smell associations are from cedar or other woods or spice that are often mixed with sandalwood. Sandalwood is a gentle creamy scent with an effortlessly elevating almost unnoticeable resinous body. I have several samples of pure Sandalwood oil and it is very pleasant but a little boring to wear by itself - it is too neutral to wear alone, imo. Sandalwood serves in most scents as a nice stabilizing backdrop and ground to enable other notes to soar. Even in fragrances that are called Sandalwood, it is usually a recessive background note that is colored by the addition of one or more of cedar, rosewood, patchouli, myrrh, vetiver, vanilla, opoponox, cinnamon or cedar. Sandalwood usually stays kind of in the background radiating creamy uplifting good vibes.
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    I've heard the smell of sandalwood compared to unsalted butter on BN. I checked this myself recently, and it does seem a fair point of reference.

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    Aside from being a creamy spicy smell to me, it's very soothing and relaxing to me.

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    This page could be helpful for everyone:
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    You really have to smell it... descriptions don't really do it justice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepSilence View Post
    This page could be helpful for everyone:
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    thanks!

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    It smells soft, sweet, clean and gentle. I agree it's boring by itself. The oil was -and probably still is, somewhere- used for carrying incense smoke. Apply to hands. Hold on incense. Rub.

    Oh and the wood itself smells forever.

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    You're welcome
    I'm with Mrclmind. As i see in Sandalwood and Musk pages, we have difference type of notes. It's difficult to recognize them by description. We should try them one by one !!
    (But Musk is easy between other ones IMO)

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    There can be some sweetness, but it is also tangy and can have a bitterness. And a sample I have definitely has a turpey note.

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    Default Re: What does sandalwood smell like?

    I used to get cut sandalwood animal figurines when I was a kid, and I got some sandalwood bookmarks back in the '80's - they all had a powerful, spicy/creamy wood odor. It's a very "fine" spicy odor - not like most spicy notes. Very distinctive.

    A great frag to smell modern Australian sandalwood is Quiksilver - $19.95 for a gift set at Marshalls. I actually find that to be more creamy than the old Indian wood.

    I have some cheap synthetic sandalwood spray for potpourri - it has a definite buttered popcorn aspect, and doesn't do a good job of smelling like the real thing, IMO.
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    It smells terrible, i hate DHP cause of it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzlepuff View Post
    Sandalwood is a gentle creamy scent with an effortlessly elevating almost unnoticeable resinous body. I have several samples of pure Sandalwood oil and it is very pleasant but a little boring to wear by itself - it is too neutral to wear alone, imo.
    Totally agree - wouldn't call it boring, but it's a bit dull when it's by itself. Creamy is the first choice of word we should associate, if it's pure SW...An arid / dry aspect is the second word I would add in the description...
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    An even and balanced combination between slightly sulfurous smell of matches, slight incense, some resins and/or a few richer, more sensual, sultry, sweet spices on the wintrier side
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    Sandalwood is one of my all time favorite notes in the fragrance world.. Sandalwood smells very woody which makes sense because it is a wood, but it does not smell harsh at all.. Depending on the type of sandalwood there can be differences in overall scent, but for the most part sandalwood smells like a warm slightly powdery, and sometimes creamy wood.. It is not a harsh woody smell at all, it smells very pleasant and sensual to my nose.. Sandalwood smells very exotic, comforting, and meditative! I love sandalwood, I can not get enough of it..
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    Default Re: What does sandalwood smell like?

    My reference is the distinct, layered,ethereal, ancient, nutty,slightly varnished, aroma that enveloped me when I entered Chinatown shops in the 60's.

    The Cedarwood scent, used today as a replacement is related, however really is just an extract of one layer (camphor) of Mysore Sandalwood.

    Mysore, for me, is not unlike Nut Butter scented with Five Spice.

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    I've smelled the real Sandalwood (small and thin pieces of its bark).
    It has a smooth, soft, creamy scent of a woody category.
    I haven't smelled that natural and smooth scent of real Sandalwood in any perfume vividly yet.
    Though I haven't tested the above mentioned frags yet.

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    Including, but not limited too:

    both burnt and un-burnt matches, slight sweetness, certain hints of incense, resinous, even slightly powdery hints
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    Specifics are needed here as one variety smells different than the next. I can tell you what two varieties smell like. I have the newer "Indian Sandalwood" essential oil and some Mysore Sandalwood perfume from an 05' distillation. The Indian has some of the Mysore characteristics (smokey, woody) but it's not as buttery or creamy. I do however get the light piney scent, which at first I couldn't smell until the dry down. Now I can pick it up through most of the life of the scent. It's that clean smell I referred to in another post. I couldn't tell if it was do to it being a newer distillation, synthetics etc. My initial thought was white musk. But after seeing terpy and piney (which my Mysore is not) I think it's either Cedar in the "Indian Sandalwood" but now I'm not sure. I see some are saying the have pure oil that has these notes, which variety is this? Is it the newer Indian?
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    Beside the fact that this thread is 5 years old I am with Buzzlepuff's description when it comes to Santalum album. The smell to me is very soft. Soaps and perfumes with a strong sandal aroma to me are indicators, that synthetics are used in them (to substitute or amplify the natural), but I am not an sandal expert at all.
    There are other naturals that are called 'sandalwood', the Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicata/spicatum), for example, which at least belongs to the same genus. Or West-Indian sandalwood (Amyris balsamifera) and red sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinus), that aren't related to real sandalwood.
    To me cedarwood oils smell pretty different to white sandalwood oil, no matter if it be the real cedars (Atlas cedar, Cedrus atlantica; Himalaya cedar, C. deodara) or the New World cedars (Virginia cedar, Juniperus virginiana; Texas cedar, J. mexicana; Western red cedar, Thuja plicata). In dilution, the real cedars can show creamy aspects, yes, but still are very different to me.

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    Only 5? Ah well the last few replies were a few months ago. Lets keep it alive. Sandalwood rocks, especially Mysore!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    You really have to smell it... descriptions don't really do it justice.
    Sorry but, how do you try it? Usually when you smell a fragrance the notes are totally blended.

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    Default Re: What does sandalwood smell like?

    As it is a wood basically, so woody touch is for sure there. Overall, it is fresh, light, sweet, soft, creamy and warm.

    To my nose, along with its "own" fragrance properties, it shares some part with the followings:

    - some of sweet spices
    - some of jasmine flower
    - some of earthy
    - some of musky vanilla
    - some of cedar

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    Default Re: What does sandalwood smell like?

    Quote Originally Posted by Faqundo View Post
    Sorry but, how do you try it? Usually when you smell a fragrance the notes are totally blended.
    By getting some of the pure essential oil

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