This Particular Candle Scent Makes Your Home Smell So Expensive

Have you ever walked into a hotel lobby or spa that smells incredible? Chances are they are scenting the space with sandalwood. Not only is sandalwood a popular fragrance for perfume (we're looking at you, Le Labo Santal 33) but thanks to its grounding scent, it also makes a great scent for the home, and particularly for candles and reed diffusers

So, what does sandalwood smell like? Sandalwood is an aromatic wood (and one of the most expensive fragrances used in both perfume and home fragrances) which smells warm and woody, yet has a subtle sweetness and floral scent to it. You might have smelled it already in Byredo's Mojave Ghost and Diptyque's Tam Dao fragrances. Its subtlety makes it a great base note to mingle with other scents, whether they be floral, citrus or creamy musk notes. It also makes a perfect scent for day or night, and works for all seasons of the year.

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At Who What Wear, we're obsessed with candles (we practically collect them), so, it was only right that we followed our noses to the best sandalwood candles our noses could find. From Byredo and Diptyque to niche and independent candles brands, these are the very best sandalwood candles you can buy.

Best Sandalwood Candles 

1. Boy Smells St. Al Scented Candle

2. Byredo Bohemia Candle

3. Byredo Tree House Candle

4. Trudon Cire Candle

5. Saint Fragrance Sunday Papers Candle

6. Dior Le Colle Noire Candle

7. Diptyque Santal Candle

8. Byredo Ambre Japonais Candle

9.Trudon Tadine Candle

10. Aery Indian Sandalwood Scented Candle

11. The White Company Noir Candle

13. John Lewis Sandalwood Scented Candle

14. Marks & Spencer Tranquil 3 Wick Candle

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Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.

Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.

Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.

When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.