Find Your Scent: What Does Sage Smell Like

Chances are that if you’re familiar with sage, it’s likely because you’ve tossed it in a marinade or a pot of pasta — and although sage is a great addition in the kitchen, it is also often used in perfumery and aromatherapy. 

In this article, we’ll take a close look at the smell of sage and what it pairs well with so that you can find the best fragrance for you this summer. 

What Is Sage?

Before we get to what sage smells like and pairs well with, we have to cover the essentials. 

Sage is a Mediterranean plant, whose official name is Salvia officinalis, that’s now grown all over the world. In fact, sage has become so popular that if you have an herb garden, you likely have a sage plant. 

In the past, sage was used in cooking, medicinal, and spiritual practices. Talk about a plant that knows how to do it all. When it reaches its full height, a sage plant is at the most three feet tall and has rough leaves that are used as herbs. Sage essential oil is extracted from these leaves. 

There are several types of sage in the world (over 900), but the most popular are white sage, clary sage, and bergamot sage. Given that sage comes in so many different varieties, the plants produce flowers of all different colors and have distinct fragrances. 

In many ancient spiritual rituals, burnt sage is used to ward off negative energy and evil spirits. Nowadays, it’s still common for people to buy sage sticks to burn at home. The bundle of sage often burned in houses is called a smudge stick and can help attract positive energy to your space. 

In terms of traditional medicine, sage is used to reduce stress, serve as a cleansing agent, and is well-known for its purifying properties. Sage is also said to have mood-boosting properties that may be able to help combat feelings of stress and improve your overall well-being.

What Does Sage Smell Like?

We have the basics covered which means it’s time to get into the components that make up the scent of sage. In this section, we’ll break down the smell of sage so that you’re prepared to identify it next time you catch a whiff. 


Probably the first note you’ll get when you smell sage is an earthy, herbaceous scent. Undoubtedly warm and woody, sage has a green, piney fragrance that is reminiscent of other herbs. 


Another distinctive characteristic of the smell of sage is its musky quality. Musk is one of those fragrances that’s hard to put your finger on, but you’d know it as soon as you smell it. Powdery and clean, musk is part of what makes sage, a dried herb, still feel so fresh. It might also be the reason sage has a more woody and grounded smell. 


As a member of the mint family, sage has an edge that makes it an energizing, enticing fragrance. Thanks to the bright, minty side of sage, it’s considered a sharper fragrance that will help you feel invigorated and awake on even the groggiest of mornings. 

What Scents Pair Well With Sage?

Now that you know all about the earthy smell of sage, it’s time to take a look at the scents that pair well with it. In this section, we’ll dive into three fragrances that pair well with sage and the Snif scents you can find them in. 


Vanilla is one of those fragrances that feels both familiar and sophisticated at the same time. Sweet, creamy, and altogether irresistible, vanilla adds a touch of richness to the grounded, natural smell of sage. 

You can find vanilla and sage in House of 8, a chocolate vanilla fragrance that features chocolate, heliotrope, iris, lavender flower, and sandalwood. The balance of earthy, floral fragrances with the more sweet, gourmand scents in House of 8 make it the perfect fragrance for a warm night in. When you want to create a sensual, sultry vibe, spritz on some House of 8. trust us, you won’t regret it. 

Green Tea

If you’ve ever had a cup of green tea, then you already know that it would pair well with sage. These two fragrances have plenty in common. Much like sage, green tea is earthy and fresh. That said, where sage has a minty twist, green tea is more of a classic woody scent. 

Golden Ticket is a green tea scent that features a combination of sage, green tea, bergamot, black tea, golden maté, galbanum, incense, amber, and vetiver. Ideal for the tea-lovers among us, this fragrance is simultaneously light and musky, making it the kind of scent that can transition with you from day to night with ease. 


Where sage is warm and versatile, rosemary is bold and herbaceous. Although the smell of rosemary is totally distinct, it features a combination of different smells, such as evergreen-like plants and lavender. Known for being aromatic, fresh, and woody, rosemary is often paired with sage in both cooking and perfumery. 

You can find this unbeatable due in the Pacifico fragrance. Effortlessly cool, like a road trip up the California coast, Pacifico is a summer scent that offers a taste of west-coast living in a bottle. 

Along with rosemary and sage, this scent combines salted jasmine, water lily, plum, California oak, and manzanita. The result is a fragrance reminiscent of a blooming garden near the sea. 

Bottle the Bliss

In this article, you’ve examined where sage comes from, the benefits of sage in aromatherapy and medicine, what it smells like, and the scents that pair well with it. Needless to say, you’re officially a sage expert. 

Regardless of whether the chocolaty sweetness of House of 8 or the chill vibes of Pacifico are calling your name, there’s certainly a sage-based fragrance for you. All that’s left to do is try as many scents as you need to until you find the one (or at least the one for right now). 


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