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.

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!

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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


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


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Sandalwood's medium-strength base note blends well with most oils including benzoin, bergamot, clary sage, clove, coriander, cypress, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, palmarosa, patchouli, pepper, rose, vanilla, vetiver and ylang ylang.


No known cautions.

What Next?

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

Or check out some soothing, skin restoring recipes using sandalwood essential oil...

Sandalwood Lotion Recipe

Relaxing Bath & Body Oil

Sensual Massage Oil

Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage

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