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Golden Santal Fragrance Oil
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Looking for something sensual? Golden Santal is a complex fragrance oil inspired by Le Labo’s cult favorite fragrance Santal 33. This scent has a strong base of sandalwood and musk that some of us found nostalgic, woody, warm, and alluring, while others found it outright naughty. In fact, we almost called it Naughty Santal.

In finished products, subtle top notes of fennel, ginger, and cardamom accentuate mid notes of rich amber, cedar, clover, and lavender. We’ve found that out of the bottle (OOB), this scent smells slightly sweeter than in the finished product.

Upscale home decor or luxury lines would benefit from the addition of this scent. It performs well in candles, melts, and tarts and also makes tantalizing soaps, lotions, and scrubs.

This fragrance is infused with essential oils, including cedarwood, patchouli, eucalyptus, elemi, carrot seed, cedar, coriander, clove leaf, nutmeg, fennel, caraway, orange sweet, and pine.

Blends well with: Toasted Coconut, Apricot Grove, Fig Tree, Rose and Oud

Alternative branding ideas: Santal, Naughty Santal, Sandalwood and Cedar, Sandalwood Cashmere

Suggested colors: Light Tan, Light Yellow

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Fragrance Notes


This product is Candle Safeusage: 3-10%
This product is Soap Safeusage: 2-5%
This product is Lotion Safeusage: 1-2%
This product is Phthalate Free
This product is not Diffuser Base Compatible
Soy Performance
3 of 3
223°F (106°C)
Vanillin Content
0.01% - 2%
This product is not Prop 65 Warning Required
*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. Bottles filled by weight, levels may vary.

Cold Process Soap Performance


Lye Water Temperature 108ºF (42.2°C)
Oil Temperature 113ºF (45°C)

We experienced slight acceleration but no separation. The oils and water were slow to come to an emulsion, but we found as soon as a stable emulsion was reached the batter began to thicken slightly. We continued stick blending to a medium trace and the batter stayed fluid. As we started to pour into the mold we found the soap was thickening quickly. After 24 hours, there was no discoloration and the scent was strong. Initially there did not appear to be any sign of gel phase, but after fully curing we were able to determine that all but the corners gelled. After 30 days there was no discoloration. The scent remained quite strong.

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3 out of 5 Stars.
Challenge with hot throw

I love this fragrance. It's beautiful! I just can't get hot through with it at 8 and 10% I currently use 464 soy, I've ordered Accusoy #10 to try and see if I have better luck with that.

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CandleScience responded: 2023-05-23

Hi Sonja,

Thank you so much for your review! A member of our Support team will be reaching out via email to learn more about your process and help assist with some tips to improve the hot throw of your candles.

4 out of 5 Stars.
Santal 33

Smells like Santal 33 to me. This is a good dupe. The key word is inspired.

4 out of 5 Stars.
Love this

I love love the way this smells. It's masculine, woody and sensual. This is exactly the type of scents my candle demographic goes for. It's really hard to find anything like this. Most masculine scents smell either like body wash or cologne. I wish there was more options for scents like this. As much as I love it, I still can't justify paying almost double the price though.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Way better than expected

Smells sooo good! Warm, masculine, and sensual! Love it.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Masculine and soft at the same time

Masculine scent but soft. I love this one

3 out of 5 Stars.
Not as expected. Just different.

**Tested in cured Soy Candle and Blotter strip. I have worn Le Labo for 5 years now. I was excited to try this one out even though I don’t wear the Santal 33 anymore. If you are expecting it to smell like Santal 33, it does not. So I totally understand the usage of the word “inspired” by. It’s a very distinctive cologne, and from what I’ve researched hard to match, because I have yet to find equivalent. Everyone’s personal scent is different, so for my experience, it was more of an aftershave smell to me. Definitely reminds me of my fathers aftershave growing up. We will not be moving forward with this in our collection but I think there’s a place for it out there. I don’t think it smells bad thus giving it 3 stars, Just not what I expected for Santal 33.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Me encantó

Compre este aroma para probarlo y me encantó su aroma fuerte y masculino, definitivamente lo volvería a comprar.

5 out of 5 Stars.
great one

For those who are saying it does not smell like Santal 33... let me tell you this.
it does not, and I do not think it would in any near future, because, CS was very clear when they used the word `inspired`. This scent is very beautiful and it has notes that makes it more complex and elegant. it smells much better in candles.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Sexy & sophisticated

I love it and it soaped beautifully. Not everyone in my house liked it but its a different type of scent, it's potent! I think it would make a wonderful candle so I will try that next!

4 out of 5 Stars.

I bought this as a sample on a whim and I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I ended up blending it with black cardamom and cream and it turned out beautifully! It turned out warm and cozy - really addictive!