The Scent Guide: What Does Teakwood Smell Like?

Teak is a dense hardwood that is native to south and southeast Asia. It has a golden color and features a smooth texture and grain. High in natural rubber and oils, it is strong and nearly impervious to rotting and extreme weather, even when left untreated. One of the fastest-growing tropical hardwoods, it is a popular choice for outdoor furniture. 

teak trees in forest

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Teak is a common material in boat building, too. Its moisture resistance and minimal maintenance needs make it ideal for marine environments. In addition to being durable, teakwood has an alluring aroma that has become a much-loved home fragrance. At Homesick, we have teakwood-inspired products, including our Black Tuxedo Candle, that will surely appeal to your nature-loving senses. So, what does teakwood smell like? Let’s take a closer look. 

What Does Teakwood Smell Like? 

Teakwood is a bold, woodsy fragrance. It is a complex scent that appeals to a wide range of people, but most tend to think of it as a masculine scent. It has a rich, warm, and slightly spicy aroma you need to smell for yourself to completely appreciate. Reminiscent of cologne, it has a pleasant earthy aroma. However, it does not smell quite as much like a stroll through the forest as, say, balsam or spruce. It’s an excellent option when you’re looking for a natural fragrance with just a touch of perfume. Teakwood fragrances often include top notes of musk and amber paired with light hints of tobacco and leather. Patchouli and sandalwood also pair well with the aroma of teakwood. What does sandalwood smell like? Though sandalwood is a tree, the fragrance is not as woodsy as you might think. Instead, it has a sweet, warm, exotic aroma that pairs beautifully with teakwood and many other scents. Once you’ve experienced the scents of sandalwood and teakwood, you will instantly recognize them. 

Benefits of Teakwood Fragrance

Teakwood doesn’t just smell amazing. It is thought to have healing properties too. Its aroma has a natural calming effect, so keeping a teakwood candle on your nightstand and indulging in its soothing aroma before bed could help you get a better night’s sleep. Teakwood oil has also been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Natural practitioners use it for everything from treating headaches and skin irritation to encouraging hair growth. The oil is also said to have antiasthmatic, laxative and antidiabetic properties. 

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Our Teakwood-Scented Candles

If you love — or think you would love — the scent of teakwood, we have you covered. Check out these teakwood-scented candles: 

homesick black tux candle

Black Tux Candle

Our Black Tux candle is just as classy and elegant as a black tuxedo paired with freshly polished shoes. As part of our Wedding collection, it makes a great gift for the newlyweds in your life. It’s also a sophisticated option for any man who enjoys the finer things in life. This candle features top notes of leather, bergamot and smoked tobacco, along with mid notes of brushed suede, dark bourbon and santal. Base notes of vetiver, teakwood and cashmere musk provide a clean finish. If you are looking for a teakwood-inspired candle with an unforgettable aroma, you’ll love this one! 

Capricorn Candle

homesick capricorn candle

Part of our Zodiac collection, our Capricorn candle is a lovely choice when you need a gift for someone born between December 22nd and January 19th. Featuring mid-notes of teakwood and tobacco, it’s also perfect for anyone who enjoys the intoxicating scent of teak. This candle also has base notes of white whiskey and cedar bark for a masculine, woodsy feel. Top notes of citron, bergamot and amber provide a citrusy boost. Keep your Capricorn candle in your home office and light it when you need some inspiration to get through a difficult day. Or enjoy its refreshing aroma first thing in the morning to give yourself a bold, uplifting start to your day. 


Teakwood is a unique fragrance with broad appeal. Though primarily a masculine scent, touches of ylang-ylang, bergamot and florals make it appealing to make women too. This invigorating woodsy scent is a popular choice in candles and home fragrance products because it does an excellent job of bringing a bit of nature indoors without being overpowering. If you are looking for long-lasting candles with the alluring scent of teakwood, we have you covered. Check out the products linked above or spend some time browsing our complete collection to discover your home’s new signature scent.