We've already talked about the prevalence of beloved notes like rose and vanilla in what feels like the majority of our favorite perfumes, and cozy sandalwood is another unanimous favorite. It manages to feel warm and woody, but it also possesses a creamy richness, which makes it the perfect base note for a wide range of fragrances—not just the sweet, spicy, or musky types you might initially assume.
Whether you're already a fiend for sandalwood like us or are new to or unsure of the popular note, we're going to go ahead and say adding a sandalwood perfume to your fall fragrance wardrobe is one of the best moves you can make this season (especially in the "you smell so good" compliment department). Thanks to its surprising versatility, we're of the strong belief that the perfect warm and inviting sandalwood perfume exists for anyone who loves to wear fragrance or who just wants to smell intoxicatingly lovely. Does that sound over-the-top? Just wait because we've rounded up the top 13 sandalwood perfumes to prove just how serious we are. Keep scrolling!
Mojave Ghost is one of, if not, the top-selling fragrance from cult-loved perfume brand Byredo. It smells like a crisp fall day—warm, woody, and, as you might have gleaned from its name, inspired by the Mojave Desert.
Serge Lutens (one of the premier fragrance houses in Paris) describes this sandalwood perfume as "sandalwood with a capital S," and quite honestly, we'd have to agree. Rich, velvety, and luxurious, this one is for the sandalwood hall-of-famer and not a rookie.
No sandalwood perfume collection would ever be complete without this icon from Le Labo, which, apart from the Chanel No.5s of the world, just might be the most famous perfume of all time. The addition of cedarwood strategically enhances the obvious all-star: Australian sandalwood.
Oud Wood is the ultimate perfume for anyone who doesn't like a scent that feels too precious or contrived. It features an expert strategy of foresty-scented woods that smell classic and comforting yet rare and enticing. According to Tom Ford, Oud Wood envelops the wearer (or sniffer) in rare oud, exotic spices, and cardamom before unfolding into a blend of smells that are rich, dark, and sensual.
Not only does Henry Rose's beautiful collection of perfumes smell amazing, but they're also some of the cleanest on the market. Created by Michelle Pfeiffer, the brand is one of the only perfume labels to boast 100% ingredient transparency in addition to being cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, and free of parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, and known or suspected carcinogens or endocrine disruptors.
Fun fact: Maison Louis Marie has been creating some of the most delicate botanical-based scents since 1792. This one is a true sandalwood star and is the perfect balance between spicy, earthy, and sweet. (And it's clean!)
Out of all of DS & Durga's fantastically unique scents, Radio Bombay has to be one of our all-time favorites. Sandalwood leads at the heart of this perfume, but unexpected accents from creamy peach, coconut, and musk keep it marshmallow smooth.
Key fragrance notes: juniper, green floral, sheer woods, patchouli, sandalwood
Another nontoxic, unisex favorite of ours is Dedcool's Fragrance 02. The blend of sweet juniper berries with rich, aromatic sandalwood is a unique flavor combination you can't really find anywhere else.