Here in our Studio, Sandalwood is a huge favorite. Sandalwood is very versatile, it smells fantastic on its own, and it is great in blends with fruit (such as Pomegranate) and Vanilla.
Did you know that it is sold only to perfumers, craftsman, and incense makers from India at auctions under armed guard due to its high value. One sandalwood tree in a forest makes the whole forest smell of sandalwood as the scent clings to other trees.
Sandalwood is a root parasite and extracts nutrients from the host plant by means of special formations called haustoria.
It is endangered due to modernization and strictly controlled by the Indian Government. The most valuable part of the tree is the scented heartwood.
Sandalwood trees are a minimum of 30 years old before they are harvested although 60 years is more normal.
The documented use of Sandalwood goes back 4000 years to India, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Many temples and structures were built from Sandalwood and the Egyptians used it in embalming. This practice has steadily decreased to the point where Sandalwood East Indian is now only being used for the distillation of oil. The largest reason for this is the over-harvesting of the tree coupled with the 30 year period required for the regeneration.
Sandalwood Essential oil is often used in Alternative medicine and in Ayurveda.
Our favorite Candle blend with Sandalwood is our Vanilla Sandalwood: Sexy, languorous, blend of woody Sandalwood & musk infused with just the right amount of Vanilla.
We also now offer Sandalwood Floral Water, (which makes an excellent facial toner.)