Some of the best male perfumes feature sandalwood as their main note and there’s a good reason why.
Sandalwood is a special ingredient, made from a special oily wood that gives colognes a strong, woody aroma.
With a partially musky, light finish, sandalwood colognes are perfect for any event at any time of the year and will give you a long-lasting scent without the aroma fizzling out.
This article will take a closer look at some of the best sandalwood colognes on the market, touching every price range while at it.
Obviously, some of these colognes are already household names, but there are a few wild cards that should thrill users with a surprisingly great smell.
At A Glance: Our Top Picks for Sandalwood Colognes
If you’re in a hurry, you can jump straight into our top picks (these are the perfumes that most people buy).
- Diptyque Tam Dao
- Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule
- Taylor of Old Bond Street
Top 6 Best Sandalwood Colognes – Our Reviews:
1. Diptyque Tam Dao
If you have been a big fan of sandalwood colognes for some time, chances are you may have heard of Tam Dao from the House of Diptyque.
To be clear, Tam Dao features an EDP and EDT version.
The EDT concentration is considerably peppery and focuses more on cedarwood while the EDP version concentrates more on the woody note with a creamier finish that is long-lasting.
Tam Dao EDP opens with sandalwood and spicy cedar while ginger and lime citrus complete an interesting top note.
The heart note features creamy sandalwood, sprinkles of green and a bit of vanilla.
It finally settles into base notes of dusty buttery sandalwood.
With this cologne, you’re getting that fresh smell of natural wood that’s unmistakable.
This fragrance has been termed unisex, but in truth, it’s more masculine than feminine.
2. Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule
If you’re looking to impress or announce your presence in grand style, this is the cologne for you.
Santal Majuscule basically translates to sandalwood in French.
Obviously, its name won’t score high marks for originality, but the House of Serge Lutens has put a lot of thought into this cologne to make you forgive the generic name.
Santal Majuscule opens with top notes of spicy sandalwood, cacao powder, and powdery rose.
Its heart notes consist of woody notes before settling to base notes of creamy sandalwood with a spicy, sweet aroma.
This cologne is highly versatile and will fit perfectly with your casual and official wears.
It is also a great fragrance to wear at any time of the year and is great for men and women.
3. Taylor of Old Bond Street
If you’re on the look for a sandalwood cologne with an impressive sillage, then you can’t do much better than Taylor of Old Bond Street.
Clean, fresh and with a seductive aroma about it, this cologne is perfect for those nights when you need to impress your companions.
It opens with top notes of amber, geranium, rosemary, and lavender while the middle notes include orange blossom, fern, and carnation.
It finally settles to base notes of sandalwood, musk, vetiver, patchouli, labdanum, guaiac wood, and cedar.
As it is with most sandalwood colognes, Taylor of Old Bond Street is a versatile fragrance and is suitable for every weather and any occasion.
4. Tom Ford Santal Blush
Tom Ford creates some of the most coveted colognes on the market and there’s a good reason why.
Attention to detail, intricate designs, and carefully chosen notes mean you can only expect quality and class whenever you grab a cologne off a Tom Ford catalog.
Santal Blush is a fresh, not so heavy fragrance with such quality and personality that people can’t resist giving a compliment when it hits their nose.
It opens with top notes of fenugreek, Indian spices, carrot seeds, cinnamon, and cumin.
Its middle notes include rose, ylang-ylang, and jasmine while the base notes are oud, benzoin, cedar, musk, and Australian sandalwood.
This cologne is perfect for all occasions and all-weather.
The only downside would be its expensive price, but quality doesn’t come cheap and quality is what you get with Santal Blush.
5. Byredo Parfums Blanche
We’ve seen many colognes make it through the gates of approval over the years, but few will be able to stand on the same pedestal as the Blanche Eau de Parfum.
This cologne opens with top notes of aldehydes, pink pepper, and white roses while its middle notes consist of peony, neroli, and violet.
It close with base notes of musk, sandalwood, and blond-wood.
This is the kind of cologne you’d want to wear on a regular day.
If you love light sandalwood fragrances, then you’re going to love the sweet, clean scent that Blanche Eau de Parfum produces.
What’s more? It’s not going to cost you a fortune.
This is one of those mid-range colognes that delivers amazing performances on a budget.
6. Xerjoff Richwood
If you’re looking for a cologne that is fancier than your regular fragrances, perhaps you don’t need to look any further than Xerjoff Richwood.
Created by the House of Xerjoff, an Italian perfume company that is known for producing luxury perfumes, this cologne is one of the high-end brands on the market.
It opens to notes of deep rose, bergamot, woody notes, and orange citruses before moving to a middle note of spicy patchouli, and Mysore sandalwood.
It finally settles to an exotic base of fruity blackberry and rose.
One of the more intriguing compositions in this cologne is the Mysore sandalwood, an incredibly rare ingredient that is only featured in a few special colognes.
As you would expect, this cologne is versatile and can be worn by men and women.
That being said, it is worthy of note that this fragrance is for the big spenders who love a bit of luxury.
It doesn’t come cheap, but one look at its packaging and you can appreciate that this is a truly special cologne.
Sandalwood is popular note and a favorite of many cologne enthusiasts who know the quality of the smell it brings.
On this list, you’ll find affordable options, and some expensive ones as well.
The bottom line is there’s an entry that should fit your budget.
While there are other amazing sandalwood colognes on the market, there’s little chance you’ll get any that is better than the six fragrances on this list.