Antique Sandalwood (Discontinued)
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As of 06/16/2019:

This version of Antique Sandalwood (Discontinued Version) has been discontinued and replaced with the new Library. Click here to check it out!


REVISION NOTICE: It is CandleScience policy to notify customers if any part of a fragrance was changed for any reason.

As of June 11, 2019 our Antique Sandalwood was revised to meet our new stringent safety standards to remove ingredients with similar characteristics to those on the Prop 65 List. See new Library.

A woody, musky heart made from sustainably harvested sandalwood and cedarwood essential oils, softened by warm amber and a touch of nutmeg and lemon. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils including Cedarwood, Patchouli and Sandalwood. Note Profile:
Top: Nutmeg, Lemon
Middle: Cedar
Base: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber

Suggested Colors: Ivory, Light Brown
See our complete list of candle making dyes and soap colorants.

Note: Bottles filled by weight, levels may vary.


Candle Safe Yes Usage: 3-10%
Soap Safe Yes Usage: 3-6%
Vanillin Content 0%
Soy Performance
Flashpoint 208 °F
Phthalate Free Yes
Prop 65 Warning Required No
Diffuser Base Compatible Yes; Up to 25%

*Usage amounts are recommendations only. Individual usage amounts can vary based on your desired fragrance strength, wax type, soap base, or lotion base. See IFRA certificate for max usage levels.


Cold Process Soap Performance
Acceleration Discoloration Separation
None Light Tan None

Oil temperature 110ºF
Lye Water temp 120ºF

We did not experience acceleration or separation. After 24 hours the soap was a dark tan shade with very strong scent throw. After a 30 day cure, the color lightened to a tan shade with strong scent throw. Due to discoloration a simple color design or no color is ideal.

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Average Rating:

(based upon 51 reviews)


Yeah, so I have had a lot of people ask for Sandalwood, but never had anyone ask for the scent of a library (Characterized by the smell of musty old books.) Another bad decision. Someone at Candle Science needs to be held responsible for these bad decisions.



I'm REALLY upset that this scent has been discontinued. It has been my #1 seller for years. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE bring it back! If candlescience values the opinions of it's customers at all.......bring it back.


It was unique. I brought antique sandalwood from different company it was complete different Scent. Please bring it back we love it soooooo much


Say it ain't so!!!!

NOOOOOO!!! I think I'm going to cry! I received a bottle of this lovely FO from a friend & held onto to it for awhile while I smell-tested other Sandalwood FO's. This beat them all out, hands-down! It's rich, woody & warm, complex, but not complicated... It's GORGEOUS! I used it as part of blend in a CP batch for a custom order (equal parts "Antique Sandalwood" to a "Lemon Verbena" FO I had from another supplier that was missing something... "Antique Sandalwood" completed it!). It behaved great! No A or R, and no D with use of mica colorants. My client LOOOOVED the soaps! They were for her AirBnB, & she said her guests couldn't get enough of it! I just came back to order more, as my client has requested that the soaps keep coming, and idk what I'm going to tell her now :( I'll have to find another sandalwood, but I already know that nothing is going to hold a candle to this one (I've smelled most of them already). I'm so bummed! I understand if CS must discontinue this, but it doesn't hurt to kindly ask to reconsider (pretty please)!



Why discontinued? I visited today with this #1 on my list to buy and now I can't. Due to scornful reviews ppl leave on here at whim? Well, wasn't mine. My customer in NY will be so disappointed and I don't think your Library Book will suffice.


Awesome specific scent

This isn't a scent I would use alone. Its a very musty fragrance but AMAZING for mixing to get that antique note for specific scents. There's nothing like it out there! love it!


True to Description

This FO scent is very true to its description, a very musky, musty and earthy wood scent. It reminds me a lot of an old wood cabin on a lake that I spent time in growing up. Scents like this are rarely done realistically and are usually excessively powdery or perfumey, so this FO is a rare gem if you like genuinely musky/earthy wood scents. Throws strong and true in paraffin candles. Will be getting a big bottle of this next time I place an order.


Surprised - great scent

I wasn’t sure if I would like this smell but wanted to give it a try. Surprisingly I love it. I love the soft sweet wood smell. I definitely feel this is more of a man’s scent but I use it in the bathroom and love walking in smelling this soft scent.


l personally love the scent. strong cold throw. recently launched my jar candle and still gathering feedbacks.



Thought I would hate it, just smelling the bottle, but it actually smelled great once it was in the candle.



Unfortunately, I assumed that I was going to love this smell so I bought the 4 oz bottle...big's so strong it made me gag when I opened it..normally I love woodsy and earthly scents, but this one will definitely not be bought again.


MEH!!! No, thank you!

Ended up not liking this and sending it back. I love strong fragrance & this just wasn't to par.


Just Okay

It's an alright scent. Not my favorite but I need a sandalwood scent for a candle. Too powdery and a bit unpleasant, maybe I'm just unfamiliar with sandalwood. I personally found it had a VERY strong cold throw. Waiting to see if this will be replaced with a better balanced fragrance.

Modern Magix

Sandlewood review

Fragrance is not strong enough, people aren't thrilled about this scent at all.


Smells like a can of bleach that spilled on a bag of licorice in my grandmother's dimly lit, moldy basement.

Crazy Candle Lady

Great to Blend.

I got just 1oz as a sample on my last order and oh my goodness! It is the perfect base to make your own blend for more woody scents. I used it for soy container candles, but I think it would be great for a more masculine soap as well. I don't know that I would use it on its own, BUT I think this will become a must have in my collection.

Susy V.P.


I soaped AS this week and I love it! Accelerated a bit, so I won't stick blend in the future. A softly sweet version of sandalwood, classy and just beautiful!


Perfect antique scent

This scent is awesome and one of my best sellers! It's perfect if you want to make an antique-y, book smell


Great Blender

By itself a bit powdery but serves well to round and anchor other scents. I've cp soaped 1:1 with no acceleration or discoloration; again with this FO as a Blend. No fading.
I received this as part of the 99 cent sample sale and will buy again.


Beautiful scent!

I am so shocked by other reviews, I have to stick up for this fragrance! In cold process soap, it smells amazing! Even my husband loves it and asked me to order a larger bottle. Stays strong after curing, no ricing, discoloration, separation, but did accelerate a bit. Although, this may have been my recipe. I kept a couple of bars for myself!


Too Musky

I'm not a sandalwood fan, and I knew this going in. However, I was making candles with my mom, and she is typically a sandalwood fan. After using this in GB464 (1oz sample in about 18oz wax), we were not pleased. The scent is just very one-dimensional and smells like cologne you forgot about in your cabinet since the 1970s. We much prefer Caribbean Teakwood, which seems to have a more well-rounded scent, while still woody.


This Smells Like a Grandma

Unfortunately, this wasn't at all what I was expecting. A true sandalwood scent should have woodsy spice scent. This scent reminds me of my grandma and her old perfume. It's just too powdery for me. I'm still searching for a true sandalwood fragrance oil that smells more like the incense from India.

Mystical Alchemist

Not so much!

This scent was not a favorite - smells like leather and too earthy! Good hot and cold throw, but not a fan favorite. Clients response was not good.


Earthy musky scent! Behaved well in CP soap!

Received 2 x 1oz bottles to sample from a fellow soaper. It soaped beautiful, no acceleration and smells great! Coloured my soap red with black swirls, I'm loving it!


Pumpkin Soufee

REALLY LOVE THIS!!!!! I used it in two different waxes with no problem at all! Throws well cold and hot. My customers love it. Only issue I have is I'm now having to order from a different vendor due to the shipping fee.



I wax a little wary of this fragrance while it was in the bottle, as it kind of smells like old man cologne. BUT I was pleasantly surprised that once it cured into the candles, it has a very rich, musky fragrance that, to me, is reminiscent of Egyptian Amber and Amber Noir. Will definitely use this again!


Performed well in GB 464. I didn't care for the smell, but people that like sandalwood really seem to like it.

The Burning Mitten

Soft and Subtle

I made my first bottle candle and tea lights with this scent using 1oz FO per 1lb GB464 and using CSN wicks. I have only lit the tea light so far and it smells soft and with a subtle musk scent. As the candle has cured over 1 week, I can definitely smell the wood-y scent (candle is unlit). I can't wait to make more of these!


Great Scent - Top Seller

My customers LOVE this scent. It's my top seller year-round.


I mix Antique Sandalwood 50/50 with Very Vanilla. The result is warm and sweet, but not too sweet. Love this combination. Great hot and cold throw in GW464.


Very good sandalwood scent

I give this scent 5 stars, I just love the way this scent smells. I made up a bunch of candles for a family reunion and this scent was a big hit! I used 1 oz to 1lb C3 soy wax! Will deff re order in a bigger bottle!

C-Light Candles


I LOVE LOVE LOVE this scent, so earthy. I used C3 wax with 1.5 oz to 1 lb of wax. Came out GREAT. This is defiantly in my line of scents! Will be re-ordering as soon as I run out!


Smells exactly like sandalwood. Not my favorite type of smell, but people who love sandalwood adore it! Works perfect in GB444, and gives a strong cold and hot throw!



I've had a lot of people test my candles. This fragrance is very strange. It smells like a musty old man to me, and to a lot of other people. It made probably 50% of people grimace after smelling. But then there's the other 50% that like it (haven't found anyone in love with it though.) This is definitely worth testing, maybe you have the market that would like this one. Men seem to like it better.


Antique Sandalwood

Just made cold process soap with this fragrance, it made me gag..but my husband likes it. I think this is a man's fragrance. My neighbor felt the same as I did. It is strong, but we will see how it morphs in my soap.


wonderful sandalwood

I am surprised at some of these reviews as I really like this sandalwood. It is woodsy, not as sweet as other sandalwood fragrances, but this is my preference in sandalwood.


Its a great mixer....

I mixed this with Christmas Tree in GB 464 and it turned out great!


oh. so. gross.

Used this in CB-XceL. It smells like old man cologne. Kind of woodsy, lots of musk, big overtones of geriatric. Smells like something you wood purchase in a gas station. I am wishing I could wash it out of my nostrils. It is not remotely similar to any sandalwood I have sniffed. Just ewwwww.


Very Strong Scent

Like I said in the title, it has a very strong scent. I personally don't like the smell, but men seem to be very partial to it.

Angel Shaw


I do not care for this at all. It does not smell anything like sandalwood. It actually smells like cheap cologne from a dollar store. Pew. Not for me...


Personal Favorite

This scent does smell more like cologne and is not a big seller. But I love it. Works well in comfort blend paraffin.

Michael P., Charlotte, NC

Actually ...for CS service

After visiting CS web site...decided to take a chance on several samples of new (for me) fragrance oils. That was at 7:13 my time (californee). At 7:27 ...I got an email saying the my order had shipped!!

Also shipping was very resonable several other sites I declined orders when I got to the shipping page! That is a pet peave for me...and when a company pulls that on me ...I will never shop there again.

I just hope the products are as good as the service. From all the positive looks good.

Will write reviews when order arrives.



This is a wonderful scent! Super strong throw, nice complex scent! The sandalwood is very prominent, just softened a bit by the florals. Soo nice!


Ordered Again...

This is not a pure sandalwood scent HOWEVER is there is something about it... Used this in CB-Advanced great throw hot or cold. There has been much interest in this scent with my customers, it has just enough mystery and wonder and they buy it! Men seem to like it as well as women.


very disappointed



Antique Sandalwood

Theres just something about it...nice :)

Alisha Nelson


I love this scent. It has a great hot and cold throw and a great sandalwood scent.


I had to order more

This is a great fragrance for the sandalwood lover. I had run out of room in my dispaly and stoped making it and customers were enraged and I had to reorder! This is a strong scent and we love it!


Great FO

I had a custom request for this and decided to give it a go, and for over a year this has been a wonderful seller for us!! Wonderful Scent throw!

Kayla - Simply Pure Soy Candles

smells nothing like the title

I got this as my sample scent and hoping I would love it but it smells to soap and chemical like and nothing like sandle wood or any woodsy smell to me.


Great woodsy scent

This has a wonderful hot and cold throw. Poured in a 6 oz tin and it quickly filled our bedroom. I love the notes in this scent. I picked up on lots of woodsy notes especially the cedarwood and some patchuoli. It is a sweeter type woodsy scent. I rated it a 4 because it is not a straight sandalwood.