This Particular Candle Scent Makes Your Home Smell So Expensive

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) 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. 

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 to Diptyque to independent candle brands, here the best of the best...

Best Sandalwood Candles 

1. Boy Smells St. Al Scented Candle

The name St. Al is a play on santal, which is French for sandalwood. This one is paired with clay, clove flower, oud and ylang-ylang. The WWW team are big fans of Boy Smells.

2. Byredo Bohemia

Byredo feature sandalwood in many of its candles. Bohemia pairs sandalwood with opoponax, rum, fresh geranium, rosemary, and sweet vanilla.

4. Cire Trudon

This sweet yet woody candle is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. It has notes of bergamot, honey and waxed wood that combine with sandalwood, musk, patchouli, and sweet tonka beans.

5. Saint Fragrance Sunday Papers

With notes of vanilla, orange blossom and sandalwood, this is a great fragrance for hunkering down inside.

6. Dior Le Colle Noire Candle

With an eye watering price tag, this is the ultimate candle treat if you're looking for an investment purchase. Dior's candle pairs sandalwood with cashmere and leather for a rich yet cosy candle.

7. Diptyque Santal Candle

Inspired by freshly cut sandalwood, this candle burns beautifully and throws woody, spicy notes into your home.

8. Byredo Ambre Japonais

Black peppercorn mingles with coriander seeds in this Byredo candle, which has notes of vanilla and sweet sesame that blend beautifully with sandalwood.

9. Trudon Tadine

Another Trudon sandalwood candle that we can't get enough of. This spicy candle has notes of cardamom, sandalwood and guaiac wood.

10. Aery Indian Sandalwood Scented Candle

Housed in a chic vessel, this Aery candle has notes of sandalwood with pink pepper and raspberry paired with tonka and tobacco aromas.

11. The White Company Noir

Like more of a citrus twist with sandalwood? The White Company's Noir candle features citrussy mandarin, warm amber and sandalwood.

12. & Other Stories Perle de Coco Scented Candle

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. 

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