Sandalwood (10%) – Santalum album – Indonesia
Family: Santalaceae (Sandalwood Family)
Extraction: Steam distilled from heartwood
Volatility: ? Note ? (Floater)
Colour: Yellowish to light amber
Aroma: Soft, woody, exotic
Alcohols – Sesquiterpeneols: a-santalol (45-55 %), b-santalol (19-25%), farnesol & nuciferol (Spicatum)
Terpenes – Sesquiterpenes: santalenes (5 -11 %)
Cautions / Safety Data
Do not use on the skin full strength. Always dilute in appropriate carriers before use. Not for internal use. If pregnant or suffering from serious medical conditions, consult a qualified health professional, experienced in the use of essential oils.
This is a classic floater oil. It does not have a dominant aroma, rather a soft unassuming oil. Creates synergy and harmony in a blend. While not always directly detectable in a blend, it may be conspicuous by its absence.
What does 10 mean%? We carry certain precious oils (Oakmoss, Jasmine, Neroli and Rose Absolute for example) in a diluted 10% version. For an oil to be precious it means that it is very difficult – and expensive – to extract and produce. For example, Rose must be cultivated at dawn and is processed immediately to obtain the maximum yield of oil. It is one of the highest priced oils to obtain due to the substantial number of petals required to produce a relatively small amount of oil. Precious oils are also very potent, and only really needed pure if you are doing something such as making perfume.
We provide a 10% dilution of our precious oils to keep them accessible and affordable. We carry all of our precious oils pure along with their more affordable 10% dilution.
We dilute all of our 10% essential oils in fractionated coconut oil. It is the best choice as it is light, has no odour, and will not oxidize essential oils in the mix. Clear jojoba oil can be used but it is approximately 3 times the price.
Essential oils are not meant to be a replacement for traditional medical treatment of diseases and conditions. When in doubt, please consult a physician.
Image credit: Photo of Sandalwood tree by J.M.Garg. Licensed under CC Attribution Share-Alike International 4.0. This image has been remixed/edited.