Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sweet, sensual scent great for guys... plus it's a skincare superhero!

Sandalwood essential oil has a deep, exotic scent that warms you up, lifts your mood and creates a softly sensual atmosphere.

Enjoy exchanging massages with your partner using a few drops of sandalwood essential oil diluted in a carrier oil.

Sandalwood incense is very popular and can help promote calm and focus during meditation.

In addition to its grounding, de-stressing effect on the emotions, sandalwood is also excellent for nourishing dry, sensitive skin and helping alleviate eczema, scars and stretch marks. It's a good oil for anti-aging formulas.

Aromatherapists often use sandalwood to help relieve bronchitis and laryngitis. Gargle with one drop of sandalwood oil mixed into a cup of water.

Choosing Eco-friendly Sandalwood

The better quality (and of course more expensive) sandalwood essential oil traditionally comes from India, but unfortunately it's being over-harvested and is in danger of becoming extinct. A less expensive, less prized sandalwood oil is produced in Australia. It has a less intense scent, but it's a more eco-friendly choice.

I found that buying a less expensive sandalwood was a big mistake - the scent and therapeutic properties just are NOT the same when you economize here. It's not worth it - if you're going to buy sandalwood, go for the good stuff!

Click to buy sandalwood essential oil from Mountain Rose Herbs or read on to learn more...

Botanical Name and Characteristics

Santalum album (India) or Santalum spicatum (Australia)

Sandalwood is a parasitic evergreen tree that burrows its roots into other trees. It can grow up to 30 feet (9 meters) tall. The essential oil is steam distilled from the wood.

Sweet but subtle, rich, exotic, woody scent that lingers nicely.

Therapeutic Action

  • Lifts mood; antidepressant

  • Calms nerves, reduces stress

  • Brings out feelings and encourages communication

  • Aphrodisiac

  • Promotes good sleep

  • Good for meditation

  • Relieves pain by reducing inflammation

  • Helps relieve bronchitis and laryngitis

  • Alleviates and moisturizes chapped, dry, sensitive skin and balances oil production in oily, acne-prone skin; also good for eczema

  • Helps reduce scarring and stretch marks

  • Fixative for fragrances

  • Disinfectant

Buy sandalwood essential oil from doTerra.

doTerra's website is a little clunky, so it takes about 4 steps to add it to your shopping cart, but if you want something that's super effective, the few extra clicks are  worth it!

You can shop retail by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on the wholesale thing - why spend more than you have to, right?


Sandalwood's medium-strength base note blends well with most oils including: 

  • bergamot
  • clary sage
  • clove
  • coriander
  • cypress
  • frankincense
  • geranium
  • jasmine
  • lavender
  • palmarosa
  • patchouli
  • pepper
  • rose
  • vanilla
  • vetiver
  • ylang ylang


No known cautions.

Buy sandalwood essential oil from Amazon.  Just remember that inexpensive oils are likely to be lower in quality - how else do they get the cost so low?

What Next?

Sandalwood Recipes

Sample a few soothing, skin restoring recipes using sandalwood essential oil...

Sandalwood Lotion Recipe

This rich, creamy homemade lotion recipe soothes, hydrates and alleviates dry, suffering skin. Plus it's not too girly, so it's a great moisturizer for men.

Relaxing Bath & Body Oil

Deeply restful and grounding, this aromatherapy bath oil recipe will leave you calm and at peace - not to mention especially rejuvenating for skin! The deep woodsy/floral scent is particularly nice for men.

Sensual Massage Oil

Sweet, spicy and exotic, this is one of the yummiest aphrodisiac massage oil recipes you can make - it warms, opens and relaxes your body and your senses.

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage

Learn More About Essential Oils

Click on the links below to learn more about properties, safety and blending of some popular essential oils.

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