Have you ever walked into a hotel lobby or spa that smells incredible? Chances are they are scenting the space with sandalwood. Not only is sandalwood a popular fragrance for perfume (we're looking at you, Le Labo Santal 33) but thanks to its grounding scent, it also makes a great scent for the home, and particularly for candles and reed diffusers.
So, what does sandalwood smell like? Sandalwood is an aromatic wood (and one of the most expensive fragrances used in both perfume and home fragrances) which smells warm and woody, yet has a subtle sweetness and floral scent to it. You might have smelled it already in Byredo's Mojave Ghost and Diptyque's Tam Dao fragrances. Its subtlety makes it a great base note to mingle with other scents, whether they be floral, citrus or creamy musk notes. It also makes a perfect scent for day or night, and works for all seasons of the year.
At Who What Wear, we're obsessed with candles (we practically collect them), so, it was only right that we followed our noses to the best sandalwood candles our noses could find. From Byredo and Diptyque to niche and independent candles brands, these are the very best sandalwood candles you can buy.
Don't sleep on & Other Stories' candles. This is quite literally a holiday poured into a candle and will guarantee to bring back memories of summer. It has notes of creamy coconut and vanilla for a subtle sweet scent that is tempered beautifully with sandalwood.
For an affordable sandalwood candle, why not try John Lewis & Partner's? For £15 it has glowing reviews and will no doubt leave your home smelling wonderful with patchouli, clove and sweet orange notes alongside the hero sandalwood fragrance.
Firstly, how great is this three-wick candle for just £17? Secondly, it looks so stylish and also smells great too. This sandalwood candle also features patchouli. balsam and mandarin, which are perfect notes for unwinding.