Sandalwood | Latin Name: Santalum album | Family: Santalaceae | Extraction: Distillation | Plant Part: Heartwood & Roots
A yellow, thick oil with a sweet, balsamic, woody aroma with fresh overtones and a comforting base.
It is a small, evergreen tree about 9 metres high, it has brown-grey bark, leathery leaves and small pink flowers. The tree has to be over thirty years old before it is ready for the production of essential oil, which is extracted from the heartwood of the tree. The Australian type produces a very similar oil but with a dry-bitter top note. The so-called West Indian Sandalwood or Amyris is a poor substitute and bears no botanical relation to the East Indian type.