Indian Sandalwood Returns to the Perfumer’s Palette


In fine fragrance, sandalwood is a popular and expected ingredient in both women’s and men’s fine fragrances, particularly as base notes. According to Michael Edwards’ research, sandalwood is so well liked, about 47% of all perfumes created since 1790 contain sandalwood notes. Unless you are a botanist, wood scientist, forester or perfumer, the term sandalwood is used generically for multiple species. In perfumery, there are two main types of sandalwood, Indian sandalwood (Santalum album) and Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum).

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