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What is Sandalwood Scent?

Sandalwood, one of the most exclusive and precious ingredients in the world of perfumery

Sensual and sophisticated, the precious ingredient sandalwood is often used as a base note in the most exclusive fragrances you will find, adding depth and warmth to a scent. Although this ingredient is quite common in perfumery, Clive Christian only use the most rare and exclusive type of sandalwood you can find, as part of our dedication of using the finest ingredients in the world.


Base notes in a perfume form the foundation on which the entire perfume is built, providing the last impression of the scent. These are the notes that add depth and fullness to a fragrance, lasting for up to 12 to 24 hours in the most concentrated perfumes. Mossy woods are among the most common base notes, and these distinctive and rich notes can be found in every one of our sandalwood perfumes.


Sandalwood belongs to the woody fragrance family and as the name suggests it is distinctive by its woody character with notes coming from bark and roots. Both warm and soft, the scent of sandalwood is ideal for winter providing a creamy and subtle feel. However, this exquisite ingredient is also perfect for warmer climates when combined with more fruity notes or florals, enveloping the wearer in a balmy veil of fragrance.


Sandalwood oil comes from the tree Santalum album, native to India and southern Asia. It is the second most expensive wood in the world, for its rarity. First discovered and used over 4,000 years ago, it remains a sacred and protected tree in India where it is widely considered as a tree that brings you closer to the divine in the Hindu religion.


This slow-growing tree can retain its fragrance for decades and its rich yellow-gold oil is extracted by steam distillation of the heartwood and roots of the tree. The heartwood is the most precious part of the Sandalwood tree, and the best heartwood comes from the roots and has a long-lasting, sweet, sensual aroma. Sandalwood oil has been used by the world’s finest fragrance houses for centuries, and its creamy base perfectly enhances the longevity of other, more volatile, notes.

Clive Christian only use 50-year-old aged sandalwood in our sandalwood perfumes, to ensure the most exquisite and luxurious quality.