Sandalwood, East Indian
Common name Sandalwood oil, Chandan
Botanical name Santalum album
Description Pale yellow to golden yellow viscous liquid, with a soft, sweet-woody, animal balsamic odour.
Main GC components Cis-alpha Santalol, cis-beta santalol, cis-alpha-trans bergamotol, Cis-epi-beta santalol
Plant parts used Wood
Extraction method Steam distillation
Region of origin India
Sandalwood is one of the most ancient and precious essential oils. It is an integral part of Brahmin, Buddhist and other religious rituals.
Today it is used extensively in perfumery for its tenacious base note that acts as a fixative and is able to blends and harmonise well with other oils.
Sandalwood oil is reported to have a diuretic effect and has demonstrated urinary anti-septic properties. In clinical trials alpha-santalol and beta-santalol have also demonstrated a sedative effect.
Topically, Sandalwood oil has soothing, moisturising and cooling properties. It may be a useful addition to formulations for dry and inflammed skin conditions as well as those for oily and acne-prone skin.
BLENDS WELL WITH
Bergamot, Black pepper, Geranium, Lavender, Myrrh, Rose, Vetiver, and Ylang-ylang
- Consultation with a suitably qualified practitioner is recommended prior to use
- For external use only.
- Do not apply to skin undiluted
- Not recommended for use during pregnancy
- Perform a patch test prior to use