Scents are difficult for me to describe in words, so I'm afraid I can't offer much concrete help. Special 218 is complex and multi-layered. I think I can detect spruce somewhere in there. The Sandalwood scent is absolutely delightful IMO; it smells nothing like other sandalwoods I've tried, and which I haven't liked. It's one of those I find myself sniffing now and then just for the pleasure of it.
QED soaps are made with essential oils, and contain no artificial fragrances or colors, so you get the "real deal", even if it means, e.g., that lavender soap is amber in color. I have seven QED soaps (not B&B though), and to my nose all the scents are superlative.
I don't think so, but I couldn't say for sure. My advice would be to email Charles at QED. He's always very responsive and helpful. The soaps are his own personal creations, and he's very knowledgeable and particular about what goes into them. Here's the address: [email protected]
All have sandalwood EO. The sandalwood soap is just that - the real deal; dry, balsamic, intense sandalwood. The 218 and B&B are similar. B&B has the sandalwood mixed with a strong pine scent. Awesome scent. 218 is similar, but is more complex and multi-layered with Blue Tansy, pine (or spruce - not sure), and other floral elements. Needless to say, you need to have them all.
This thread is killing me. I know I should just be happy with my Sandlewood. But that combined with pine? Oh my. And then with other great layers to add to a more complex outdoorsy scent. I am going to order both. I DON'T NEED ANY MORE SOAP. But I have no choice. And I will get the Juniper as well, if he releases it. ARRGGG!!!