What Does Sandalwood Smell Like?

Mmmmm smell that? Likely, it is not the smell of sandalwood – maybe its your office mate in the cubicle next to you, or the beans are burning on the stove again. But today w’ere going to do a deep dive about on of our favorite exotic scents: Sandalwood. 

Sandalwood is a warm, woody scent with a slightly sweet with dashes of creamy notes. It has a soft, calming aroma that is often used in perfumes and incense. Sandalwood is a popular fragrance choice for its soothing,  and relaxing properties – which we are all about here at Sojourn.  Sandalwood is often used in meditation and yoga practices to promote inner peace and balance. You might already be familiar with the scent, if not its name. 

The scent of sandalwood is also associated with luxury and refinement, making it a popular choice for high-end fragrances and personal care products. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. Let’s first look at the origins and whereabouts of the Santalum Tree. 

What is a Sandalwood Tree?

The sandalwood tree, also known as Santalum, is a slow-growing, evergreen tree that is native to India, Indonesia, and the South Pacific.

The Santalum tree is known for its highly prized, aromatic wood, which is used in a variety of products, including perfumes, incense, and essential oil in candles (like ours!). Sandalwood trees have a distinctive, long taproot that allows them to thrive in dry, rocky soil, where other species of tree may not. 

They can grow up to 25 meters (80 feet) tall. The trees have a thin, papery bark that is pale brown in color, and they produce small, fragrant flowers that are typically yellow or white in color.

Sandalwood trees are also known for their small, round fruit, which contains a single seed. The tree has been used for centuries in traditional medicine and spiritual practices, and is highly valued for its unique, calming aroma.

Where to Sandalwood Trees Grow?

Sandalwood trees, also known as Santalum, are native to India, Indonesia, and the South Pacific. They are found primarily in tropical and subtropical regions, and are known to grow in dry, rocky soil with a high pH level. Sandalwood trees prefer a warm, humid climate and are often found in areas with high annual rainfall.

In India, sandalwood trees are primarily found in the southern states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala, where they are an important economic and cultural resource. The trees are also found in parts of Indonesia, including the islands of Bali, Java, and Sulawesi, as well as in parts of the South Pacific, including Fiji, Hawaii, and Tonga.

Upon his arrival to the Hawaiian Islands in 1778, Captain James Cook discovered a land of lush forests and enriching wonders. Among these exotic plants was ‘iliahi, more commonly known as sandalwood – an illustrious species exclusive to this region that thrived from its coastal lines all the way up into its mountainous terrain.

Sandalwood trees are slow-growing and can take up to 20 years to reach maturity. They are often grown on plantations, where they are carefully tended and protected. The trees are also grown on a smaller scale in some regions, where they are used for traditional medicine and spiritual practices. 

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What Does Sandalwood Smell Like?

Sandalwood oil is renowned for its deep, woody scent that blends floral and balsamic notes. Not just a pleasant aroma, this essential oil has many benefits – it’s known to act as an antidepressant, sedative , decongestant and more! 

The scent of sandalwood is also often described as warm, woody, and slightly sweet or creamy. It has a soft, calming aroma that is both soothing and relaxing. Because of its exotic origins, it is common to associate sandalwood with warm climates, luxurious resorts, and artistic carvings from remote destinations. 

Why Chose Sandalwood Fragrance?

Sandalwood is a type of wood that is highly prized for its unique, aromatic scent. The wood comes from the Santalum tree, which is native to India, Indonesia, and the South Pacific. Sandalwood has been used for centuries in traditional medicine and spiritual practices, and is also a popular choice for perfumes, incense, and other personal care products.

A 2006 Study also shows promising signals for Sandalwoods positive effects on alertness and attentiveness is humans, aiding us in feeling more present. 

Sandalwood is also associated with luxury and refinement, which is why it is often used in high-end fragrances and personal care products. Found in some of the fancier perfumes, sandalwood is often used as a base note, which means that it is one of the deeper, more long-lasting scents in the blend. It adds depth and complexity to fragrances, and pairs well with a wide range of other scents, including florals, spices, and citrus.

Therapeutic Benefits of Sandalwood

For centuries, sandalwood has been praised for its remarkable healing properties. With ongoing research uncovering even more applications of this special substance, it’s no wonder why people from Cleopatra to Queen Elizabeth have used Indian Sandalwood Oil (EISO) in their daily beauty regimes.

Varahamihira recorded 1,820 cosmetic formulations containing sandalwood as far back as the 6th century and the Tang Dynasty was known for using this magical ingredient! Experience these timeless benefits today with incredible skin treatments incorporating EISO – your complexion will thank you!

Anti-Aging Properties: As we age, signs of inflammation can become more prominent on our skin due to an increase in cortisol production. Indian sandalwood oil has been found to help reduce this alarming rate of inflammatory enzymes while stimulating a deactivating enzyme that helps prevent further damage. A 2017 clinical study involving pediatric patients with atopic dermatitis used formulations containing the beneficial essential oil and achieved a remarkable 50% improvement in their visual symptoms after just one application!

Furthermore, research suggests that the powerful antioxidant properties found within sandalwood oil actively protect collagen from oxidation – offering defense against wrinkles for those who use it topically or ingest it safely through aromatherapy.

Alpha-Santalol Rich: Alpha-santalol, a naturally occurring sesquiterpene derived from sandalwood oil, exhibits amazing benefits for good health. Studies have revealed its antitumour and cancer preventive properties which promote apoptosis and cell cycle arrest in multiple cancer models. Additionally, alpha-santalol has been shown to reduce inflammatory markers within skin tissue samples as well! This review will shed light on the latest advances of this plant extract against various diseases while exploring its associated mechanisms in greater detail.

Scents that Pair Well with Sandalwood

Sandalwood is a rich, warm, and woody scent that pairs well with a variety of other scents. Some scents that go well with sandalwood include:

Amber Scent: Amber adds a sweet and warm note to sandalwood, creating a luxurious and sophisticated blend. They pair perfectly well in out Tahitian Bungalow Candle .

Bergamot: Bergamot adds a citrusy and fresh note to sandalwood, creating a bright and uplifting blend. Unsurprisingly, we use Bergamot Essential Oil in a few of our Sojourn Company candles. 

Patchouli: Patchouli adds a deep and earthy note to sandalwood, creating a grounding and sensual blend.

Rose: Rose adds a floral and romantic note to sandalwood, creating a elegant and sophisticated blend.

Vanilla: Vanilla adds a sweet and creamy note to sandalwood, creating a comforting and cozy blend. You’ll never believe it, but we also pair Sandalwood with Vanilla in our Tahitian Bungalow Candle.

Frankincense: Holy! What a scent. Frankincense adds a spicy and resinous note to sandalwood, creating a spiritual and uplifting blend.

Jasmine: Jasmine adds a floral and sweet note to sandalwood, creating a romantic and sensual blend.

Musk: Musk adds a musky and animalistic note to sandalwood, creating a seductive and mysterious blend.

Lavender: Lavender adds a floral and herbaceous note to sandalwood, creating a calming and soothing blend. Lavender also boast many therapeutic benefits which you can learn more about here. 

Vetiver: Vetiver adds a earthy and woody note to sandalwood, creating a grounding and masculine blend

Where to find the best Sandalwood Candles

If you are looking for a candle that features the smooth, creamy scent of Sandalwood, and will transport your senses to remote island reaches, give our Tahitian Bungalow candles a try. 

Base notes of rich sandalwood pair with Vanilla, with hints of amber and cedar breaking through as top notes. You will love where this candle will take you. Check it out in our store now.