Often sandalwood is associated as a 'masculine' smell but it's actually used in loads in 'feminine' marketed fragrances out there.
Sandalwood used to be thought of as a masculine or manly scent because it was primarily used in men's fragrances. But nowadays, sandalwood is hugely popular in many fragrances made for women as well.
If you want to attract the ladies, get yourself some sandalwood cologne. In a 2006 study published in Planta Medica, researchers found that inhaling the scent of sandalwood could increase mood and arousal (see claim: “Sandalwood oil elevated pulse rate, skin conductance level, and systolic blood pressure.”)
A: Sandalwood is unisex, it is for both men and women.
The main smell of sandalwood is, unsurprisingly, woody, which comes from the fraction santalol. It's also earthy, but can also be described as creamy and rich. If you smell sandalwood on its own, you'll pick up on balsamic, sweet and floral notes too. We love using sandalwood in our candles.
Patchouli oil has been in use for thousands of years, but it gained tremendous popularity because of its use by the hippies in the 1960s. Experts suggest that regular use of patchouli oil by hippies is because of the raw, earthy and natural nature of this oil.
It's a precious-wood scent that is instantly recognizable once you know what sandalwood smells like. Sandalwood adds nuance, warmth, and complexity and is often paired with woody fragrances like rosewood, or cedar or other essential oils like patchouli, vetiver, and vanilla.
Floral: No surprises here, as floral tops the charts when it comes to the most seductive fragrances a woman can give off. Some 85% of men (out of nearly 4,000 surveyed) ranked it as their favourite scent on a woman.
Sandalwood has a very distinctive, creamy and soft scent. Originating from the Orient, it has been widely used as an aphrodisiac to treat impotence and relieve anxiety. When combined with soft florals, such as orchids, sandalwood makes women become irresistible to men.
Sandalwood is a very common ingredient in many fragrances, especially men's colognes. It provides scents with a smooth woody aroma with a bit of sweetness which lends itself well to the world of perfume. Since so many people enjoy this note, some want to find colognes where sandalwood is the main attraction.
Vanilla and amber scents, spicy shades or balsamic notes are all ingredients that invite seduction. Chypre perfumes intrigue as much as they fascinate with their almost erotic freshness. Bewitching white flowers such as tuberose or ylang-ylang embody the femme fatale, while gourmand notes make you salivate.
Other research suggests fertile women are attracted to men with high levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which may be involved in stronger immune systems. Then, female volunteers sniffed the men's shirts and rated the pleasantness, sexiness and intensity of the smells (on scales from 1 to 10).
The people of India venerate sandalwood because they believe it emanates a great spiritual radiance and protective energies. They also consider it a symbol of vitality. Sandalwood is used in incense and perfume and is regarded as an aid to meditation and spiritual devotion.
It's called androstadienone (AN-dro-STAY-dee-eh-noan). Other scientists have shown that when women smell this compound, their hearts beat faster and their mood improves. In much the same way, a chemical in women's urine — estratetraenol (ES-trah-TEH-trah-noll) — lifts a man's mood.
This research concluded that the scents of Lavender, Licorice and Donuts, Pumpkin Pie (cinnamon), Orange, and even Popcorn lead to increased arousal in men. This makes sense as these scents probably remind men of happy memories, positive emotions and an overlying feeling of comfort.
Cinnamon. Spicy and revitalizing, cinnamon has been proven to activate arousal in animal studies. 12 Cinnamon has many reputed benefits and is said to improve mood and lower blood sugar. A smoky and pungent scent with sweet undertones.
And thanks to its incredibly light, slightly musky finish, sandalwood happens to be one of our go-to fragrances for summer and fall. It's the kind of second-skin scent that makes you lean in just a little bit closer.
Sandalwood is known to calm your mind and body and put you in a meditative state where you can find inner peace. Because of these properties, it is known to be a natural healing option for those who may have anxiety, nervousness, and depression.
Yes, musk is a note that can be defined as woody, earthy, animalistic, and intoxicating, whereas Sandalwood is a woodsy and musky scent with a warm, rich, and sweet-spicy scent. This fragrance is a part of woody oriental characterized as musky and earthy.
Patchouli is quite a polarizing fragrance – many people seem to either love it or hate it. It has an earthy, spicy, and slightly sweet aroma that's sometimes associated with the smell of health food stores. While some find it pleasantly rich and exotic, others seem to perceive it as musty or herbal.
It is because Patchouli perfume activates the pituitary gland of those who smell it, causing endorphin, the love hormone, to be released into their bloodstream. Endorphin is certainly out of place on the morning of the commuter's train.
However, hippies were known to wear patchouli, musk, sandalwood, and strawberry oils. They often burned incense as well, which contributed to their particular aroma and helped to mask the smell of marijuana.
Sandalwood not only opens up our hearts, it also helps the third chakra, so that love may be sustainable, constant, nourishing, and grounding (as opposed to fleeting, harmful, destructive, or inconsistent). It keeps us introspective and reflective, compassionate, thoughtful, and considerate.
What is this? Mentioned in the Bible several times… it was known as Aloe but the plant is what we now call Sandalwood. Psalm 45:8: “All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia (CASH – AH); from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad.”