Sandalwood is a class of tree wood in the Santalum genus. The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained, and they retain their scent for centuries, unlike many other aromatic wood planks. Sandalwood oil is acquired from the forest for use.

What Is Sandalwood?

Sandalwood oil is widely used as a base note in modern perfumery and cosmetic manufacturing. The oil is extremely appreciated for its profound, woody flavor. The oil is generally steam distilled from the heartwood and Santalum album tree genus roots, which can retain their distinctive fragrance for centuries. Due to its increasing rarity, sandalwood is one of the most expensive perfume parts and is most frequently found in designer fragrances.

Where It’s Found

The main source of true sandalwood oil, Santalum album, is an over-harvested, slow-growing protected species that can not be met. As a consequence, many plant species within the Santalum genus (there are more than nineteen) are traded as “sandalwood.” The Santalum tree is mainly cultivated in India but can be discovered in more than 10 different areas of the globe.

What It Smells Like

An important sandalwood oil provides a striking aroma of wood to perfumes. It has a sweet, fresh aroma of chypre widely used as a base note in the fragrance industry. It has great mixing and harmonizing characteristics and is appreciated as a fixing ingredient for other perfume components.


Other Uses for Sandalwood

Sandalwood has been part of India’s religious and spiritual traditions for millennia, where it is used as an assistance to meditation and to calm and focus the mind. The wood is used to fashion representations of deities, and the essential oil is used as incense in temples or on personal altars, to anoint both deities and their worshippers.

In traditional medicine, sandalwood has been used for thousands of years as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, diuretic, disinfectant, emollient, expectant, hypotensive, and sedative agent.

Sandalwood Fragrances to Try

Some fragrances for women starring sandalwood in their composition are Estee Lauder Pleasures Sandalwood Amber Splash, Chanel Bois des Iles, Boucheron Femme, Bond no.9 Chinatown, Dior Dolce Vita, Diptyque Tam Dao, 10 Corso Como, Etro Sandalo, Cacharel Loulou, Guerlain Mahora, and Guerlain Samsara.

Scents for men that strongly feature sandalwood include Histoires de Parfums 1725 Casanova, Aramis, Hermes Bel Ami, Etro Sandalo, Black Jeans by Versace, L’Artisan Parfumeur Santal, Bleu de Chanel, Chanel Egoiste, Creed Santal Imperial, Burberry for Men, Donna Karan Chaos, Comme des Garcons, Contradiction for Men by Calvin Klein, Dior Fahrenheit, Yves Saint Laurent Jazz, Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male, Comptoir Sud Pacifique Le Roi Santal, and Rochas Macassar.

Sandalwood is Illegal

Growing sandalwood by people has been prohibited until 2002. Today we can grow the trees, but it is illegal to cut and harvest the wood, use it or sell it on the open market. The State Forest Department, which sends its officials to cut the tree and buy the sandalwood, needs approval.