This Or That? Sandalwood Essential Oil

January 29, 2017

In Ayurvedic texts, Sandalwood is said to impart excellence in all that it touches and can be found in holy Indian purification ceremonies. In ancient China and Egypt, Sandalwood was used in medicine, religious rituals and perfumery for its deep, soothing aroma. Today, Sandalwood is still valued for its renowned aroma and therapeutics.

So why offer three types of Sandalwood? Some have said that we should reduce consumer’s choices or “overchoice,” and while that might be true for Netflix, when it comes to Sandalwood essential oil, we believe more is better! Let's look at the unique qualities of EG’s East Indian, Hawaiian and Australian Sandalwoods to find out why that is…

Chemical components

East Indian and Hawaiian Sandalwood each contain very high amounts of santalol alpha which often make up half of the oil’s constituents. Santalol beta is the second most prevalent component in East Indian and Hawaiian Sandalwood, and may constitute anywhere between 10-30% of the oil. In general, Australian Sandalwood contains less santalol than the East Indian and Hawaiian varieties and significant amounts of farnesol  and nuficerol, which makes it a standout amongst other EG Sandalwoods in regards to its chemical makeup.

Therapeutic properties

Like most oils belonging to the sesquiterpenols family, Sandalwood is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and ability to heal and moisturize skin. Furthermore, Sandalwood is a sore throat remedy, decongestant, disinfectant and balances the nervous system in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Sandalwood is both grounding and calming.

We know that Australian Sandalwood shares the therapeutic properties of most Sandalwoods, because it contains santalol and belongs to the family of sesquiterpenols. However, not many studies have been done, which isolate farnesol and nuciferol to observe or know the therapeutic properties of these constituents. As a result, the full therapeutic potential of Australian Sandalwood is not known.

Aroma profiles

One whiff may leave one to wonder why Sandalwood’s aroma is so renowned. At first, Sandalwood is quite subtle, but the aroma develops and becomes more complex when applied topically and diffused or burned. These oils are unique, in that they blend well with variegated classes of oils, such as florals, resins and spices.

East Indian Sandalwood may be the truest to a traditional Sandalwood aroma. It’s rounded, smoky with a hint of sweetness, and musky, making this oil a favorite in colognes for men.

Hawaiian Sandalwood is pungent, Cedarwood-like, and the strongest of Edens Garden’s Sandalwoods. Its aroma carries, making it a nice base in blending.

Australian Sandalwood is subtle, with toasted nut nuances and pine undertones. It is delicate, feminine and delights the senses.  


  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Saundra! East Indian or Hawaiian would be best for what you need.

    On February 28, 2017

  • Saundra Sweeney says...

    Which of the sandalwood oils would be best in making the Cold Sore & Blister recipe?
    Thanks so much!

    On February 28, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Kristine! Sandalwood is too thick to diffuse alone in a nebulizer, or any diffuser that uses tubing. We recommend combining Sandalwood with a thin oil before diffusing in a nebulizer.

    On February 23, 2017

  • Kristine K. Spring, says...

    Is it ok to dispense sandlewood from the nebulizer you sell? I have one and wanted to make sure it would not ruin it since it is so thick. Thanks, Kristi

    On February 23, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Betty! Sandalwood is notoriously thick, and doesn’t dispense well through traditional droppers. Try running the bottle under warm water to thin the oil out. Also, widen the dropper by inserting a pin or toothpick.

    On February 13, 2017

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