Sandalwood Essential Oil (Mysore)
Botanical name: Santalum album
Plant part: Wood from mature tree
Cultivation: Wild harvested (Sustainable)
Extraction: Steam distilled
Origin Country: India
Product color: Very pale yellow
Aroma profile: Warm, rich, sweet, dry, delicately fragrant, woody and floral.
Perfumery note: Base
Consistency: Medium to thick
Shelf life: 10-12 years
Extraction date: Aug. 2019
Mysore aka East Indian Sandalwood is obtained from the wood of mature (30-80 years old) Santalum album a tree native to the Mysore (Mysuru) district of Karnakata in India and the quality of essential oil produced is directly influenced by the tree’s age i.e. older tree, better oil.
The main and most important constituent that gives a lot of its amazing benefits and its primary active components are the Sesquiterpenes: α-Santano and β-Santanoll, Santyl acetate and Santalene, which occur in the highest quantity in Santalum album but are also available in lower quantities in other lesser Santalum spp.
Unfortunately, the ever-increasing demand for this gorgeous essential oil has led to over-harvesting and as a result, Santalum album is rapidly in danger of extinction in and has been placed on the Conservation Red list of Critically Endangered species.
This has prompted the Indian Government to place very strict restrictions on felling these trees and or exporting its derivatives as well as initiating an ongoing effort to create sustainability by planting more trees. Sadly, this is not an easy tree to propagate as it needs to host off other plants with strict not totally understood environmental requirements plus the time it needs to mature, if one can lay one’s hands on a bottle of this amazing ancient oil, it is advisable that they use it sparingly, not just because of its ever skyrocketing price (half a liter of pure Santalum album essential oil can cost over $3,000), but replacing it is becoming increasingly difficult year in year out. On the bright side this oil, unlike many others, only improves with age.
All these factors have made Mysore Sandalwood one of the most scarce, rare and expensive essential oils on the market and not surprisingly, one of the most adulterated.
Blends well with:
Essential Oils of Balsam Gurjun, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardomom,Cedarwood, Chamomile Roman, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Coral Jasmine, Cypress, Fennel-Sweet, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Labdanum/Cistus, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Myrrh, Neroli, Oakmoss Absolute, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Rosewood, Ruh Khus, Siam Wood, Tuberose, Vetiver and Ylang-Ylang.
Note: Product colors and aroma profiles are intended to represent the typical and approximate color and scent of each oil. However, both can vary based on harvesting, distillation and other factors. These variations should not affect the efficacy of the product.
How to use: Diffusion, Topical, Skin & Hair Care
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