Did you know that sandalwood is in the same botanical family as European mistletoe. Technically the botanical name is santalum album. It is grown only in Asia and the pacific islands, in countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and oddly enough Hawaii. The most prized sandalwood is harvested from southern India from trees that are at least 15 years old. The larger and older, the deeper the scent of the essential oil harvested.
Sandalwood oil has a soft, warm, smooth and distinctive scent. It falls in the woodsy oriental category for perfume making and pairs well with jasmine, gardenia, plumeria, orange blossom or tuberose. The essential oil is distilled through steam distillation involving boiling, steaming, condensing and separating the oil from the wood and c an take between 14-36 hours to complete.
So we make several products with sandalwood. Our bar soap is a best seller. Interestingly enough sandalwood essential oil added to our gentle cold processed soap formula has some fabulous and helpful uses:
- Hydration – for dry skin the soap made with sandalwood essential oil provides the epidermis with a powerful hydrating effect, penetrating deeply to delivery moisture in the layers of skin.
- Rejuvenation – Sandalwood naturally tones and tightness skin, which may help with reducing wrinkles.
- Soothe – The compounds in sandalwood essential oil are proven to renew complexion, soothing the epidermis and even out skin tone.