Sandalwood, a material known and used for thousands of years for its beautiful aroma as well as excellent fixative base note properties. Several natural varieties exist: Indian, Australian, New Caledonian and African. Also some very interesting synthetic blends have been developed.
Indian sandalwood (Santalum Album) has a warmer more ambery character whereas the Australian variety (Eucaria Spicata) has more of an extra dry-bitter top note.
It’s not always that perfumers specify which sandalwood they are using. It could even be a combination of several natural sandalwoods with some added synthetic highlights on top of that.
In the edit below and the corresponding sample pack we are trying to explore the effects a sandalwood note might have in a formula rather than learn how different species of sandalwood smell.
In this edit there are perfumes that illustrate most shades and effects of this note: bitter leathery, smoky, fruity, or as a smooth inconspicuous background for florals, green fresh woody (oozing sap), the exotic potential in spicy blends and as well as the classic use of sandalwood in old-school amber perfumes and finally a few synthetic (and proud of it) sandalwood options.