Having smelled a few different takes on sandalwood, I have absolutely NO idea on actual sandalwood smells like. I can only contribute the following
AOS sandalwood CREAM smells wonderful
Prairie Creations Teak and Sandalwood smells wonderful as well
C&E sandalwood is very nice
TOBS sandalwood is a tad harsh, but still nice
AOS sandalwood SOAP is @#$#@ stanky!
I like Jagger/Muhle sandalwood interpretation, but it seems probably heavy on the fragrance oil. Didn't care for GFT sampler cream, hated DR Harris sw aftershave. So I'm a little wary of buying another type of sandalwood.
Caswell-Massey makes a great Sandalwood soap. I abosluletly love it. I have Sandalwood Essential Oil at home and it's no the most pleasant so it has to be mixed . Its like Lavender, the Essential oil, not so good but thayers lavender witch hazel, wow. There the different scents from the floral and the essentail oil. The floral scents sometimes hard to come by. Usually you have find the hydrosols. But I like Caswell-massey the best.
This for me is very hard, since I always thought I didn't like sandalwood. To begin with I have never smelt a "Sandalwood" unlike a rose. I know what a rose should smell like. My first sandalwood experiences were with both C&E's cream and soap. Someone here on B&B said that C&E's SW Cream smelt like a ashtray. I went home and gave it a whiff, and he was right. However once I tried AOS Sandalwood Soap I was amazed at how great this stuff smells and shaves. I have now added AOS sandalwood cream to my den. Both AOS Sandalwood scents will be in my den for years to come.
I only have a sample of the Taylor Sandalwood shaving cream and I love it. A friend just emailed me that the cologne was awsome so that is a next for me. I have a Geo Trumper cologne called Marlborough on order but have no idea what it smells like other than "spicy" and is recommended by the ladies at the store; it maybe sandalwood from what I know.