"You Smell So Good" Compliments Are Directly Correlated to This Kind of Perfume

Erin Jahns
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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 10 sandalwood perfumes to prove just how serious we are. Keep scrolling!

Byredo Mojave Ghost Eau de Parfum

Byredo Mojave Ghost ($180)

Key fragrance notes: ambrette, magnolia, sandalwood, violet, cedarwood, Chantilly musk, crisp amber

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.

We also recommend:

Byredo Blanche ($180)

Key fragrance notes: aldehyde, pink pepper, white rose, neroli, peony, violet, blonde wood, musk, sandalwood

Diptyque Tam Dao Eau de Parfum

Diptyque Tam Dao ($180)

Key fragrance notes: sandalwood, cedar, cypress, coriander

This best-selling sandalwood perfume from Diptyque is inspired by Indochina forests—it's spicy but has, as the brand describes, a "velvety, milky" scent to keep it grounded and earthy.

We also recommend:

Diptyque Oud Paolo ($180)

Key fragrance notes: oud, rose, vanilla, incense

Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule Perfume

Serge Lutens Santal Majuscule ($150)

Key fragrance notes: sandalwood, bitter cacao

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.

We also recommend:

Serge Lutens Santal de Mysore ($290)

Key fragrance notes: sandalwood, saffron, wild carrot

Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum

Le Labo Santal 33 ($192)

Key fragrance notes: cedarwood, sandalwood, cardamom, iris, violet, ambrox, leather

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.

We also recommend:

Le Labo Tubereuse 40 ($315)

Key fragrance notes: tuberose, bergamot, tangerine, orange flower, cedar, sandalwood, oakmoss, ambrette absolute, musk

Acqua Di Parma Yuzu Eau de Parfum

Acqua di Parma Yuzu ($275)

Key fragrance notes: yuzu, bergamot, Sichuan pepper, lotus, mimosa, violet leaves, jasmine, musk, licorice, sandalwood

Practically fizzy but with an earthiness unlike other fruity fragrances on the market, Yuzu is one of the most unique, compliment-worthy sandalwood perfumes on our vanity.

We also recommend:

Acqua di Parma Sandalo ($275)

Key fragrance notes: bergamot, lemon, orange, petitgrain, lavender, cardamom, sandalwood, amber, tonka bean

Tom Ford Oud Wood Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Oud Wood ($250)

Key fragrance notes: exotic rosewood, cardamom, oud wood, sandalwood, vetiver, tonka bean, amber

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 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.

We also recommend:

Tom Ford Métallique ($195)

Key fragrance notes: vanilla, sandalwood, pink peppercorn, heliotrope, balsam

Frédéric Malle Dans Tes Bras Eau de Parfum

Frédéric Malle Dans Tes Bras ($290)

Key fragrance notes: violet, cashmeran, heliotrope, sandalwood, white musk

The brainchild of legendary perfumer Maurice Roucel, this warm and luxurious-smelling sandalwood number is said to be inspired by the comforting feeling of an embrace.

We also recommend:

Frédéric Malle Dries Van Noten ($223)

Key fragrance notes: bergamot, saffron, sandalwood, vanilla, sacrasol, white musk

Henry Rose Queens & Monsters Eau de Parfum

Henry Rose Queens & Monsters ($120)

Key fragrance notes: violet leaf, neroli, freesia, jasmine, vanilla, cocoa musk, sandalwood

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.

We also recommend:

Henry Rose Torn ($120)

Key fragrance notes: freesia, muguet, rose, violet, jasmine, sandalwood, musk, vanilla bean, patchouli, praline

Maison Louis Marie No.04 Bois de Balincourt Eau de Parfum

Maison Louis Marie No.04 Bois De Balincourt ($85)

Key fragrance notes: sandalwood, cedarwood, vetiver, nutmeg, cinnamon, amber wood

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!)

We also recommend:

Maison Louis Marie Antidris Cassis ($85)

Key fragrance notes: cassis, bergamot, black pepper, white rose, oakmoss, musk, tonka

DS & Durga Radio Bombay Eau de Parfum

DS & Durga Radio Bombay ($260)

Key fragrance notes: radiant wood, copper, cedar, sandalwood, radiant iris, boronia, balsam fir absolute, coconut musk, ambergris

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.

We also recommend:

DS & Durga D.S. ($350)

Key fragrance notes: frangipani, gardenia, saffron, yellow lotus, rose absolute, agarwood, sandalwood, vetiver, musk ambrette

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