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This or That: Sandalwood Essential Oil

This or That: Sandalwood Essential Oil

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.  

Grab The Essentials Here:

Sandalwood- East Indian Essential Oil from $ 37.95
Sandalwood- East Indian Essential Oil
Sandalwood- Hawaiian Essential Oil from $ 45.95
Sandalwood- Hawaiian Essential Oil
Sandalwood- Australian Essential Oil from $ 17.95
Sandalwood- Australian Essential Oil
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Edens Garden

April 30, 2019

Hi Alice! You may want to start with Frankincense Carterii and Sandalwood East Indian and see how your skin reacts.

Alice Ling

April 30, 2019

Hi…I’m a newbie to Sandalwood and Frankincense EO.
Which sandalwood or frankincense EO is best for acne-prone skin and to fade acne scars? Thanks.

Edens Garden

April 18, 2019

Hi Lea! That’s difficult to say, because aroma is subjective. Also, in my experience, Ceylon spice is similar to Cinnamon – in which case, I don’t believe Sandalwood’s aroma is similar to Ceylon spice.

Lea Williams

April 18, 2019

How does East Indian Sandalwood fragrance compare to Ceylon Spice Essential Oil? Ceylon Spuce is my all time favorite fragrance and I’m unable to find a seller for it any longer.

Edens Garden

April 10, 2019

Hi Martha! We don’t currently offer samples, but we do have a 30 day return policy if you’re ever unsatisfied with a product.

Edens Garden

April 10, 2019

Hi Erin! Aroma is subjective, but in this aromatherapist’s opinion, Sandalwood Australian is the most masculine.

Martha West

April 10, 2019

I would like to know if you have samples of each? I have a aroma in my mind but I don’t know which one I think it is.

Erin

April 10, 2019

Which sandalwood do you recommend for a very earthy, manly scent? Thank you!

Karen Branch

March 29, 2019

So far I have used the Australian Sandalwood to make a salve for precancerous skin lesions. I got the recipe from an old blog by Robert Tisserand and Ron Guba. Your oils are what I used and I am so happy to say the formula worked. Every single precancerous lesion on my face and arms are gone after 6 weeks. I reduced the amount of EO’s to 5% and it is now my favorite perfume and calming scent. Thanks for providing such fantastic EO’s at an affordable price. I am now ordering something from ED every month and I have less pain (making my own pain blends) and less stress all thanks to the use of Edens Garden EO’s!

Edens Garden

March 01, 2019

Hi Erin! Try East Indian Sandalwood for supporting symptoms of PCOS, and you may also want to look at oils of Fennel, Yarrow, Clary Sage and Rose as well.

Erin

March 01, 2019

I’ve read sandalwood is good for helping balance hormones and for PCOS type symptoms. Which variety do you think would be best for this to apply diluted to skin? Thank you!

Edens Garden

February 11, 2019

Hi Melissa! All three of our Sandalwood oils can be used for this purpose.

Melissa Cordova

February 11, 2019

Hi, I am seeking to make an anxiety relief blend for my daughter and the recipe calls for Sandalwood… can you tell me if there is a specific one to use for that purpose or would any of the three be OK?

Edens Garden

February 08, 2019

Hi Cassie! We have not seen Sandalwood used for damaged hair in any studies or research, other than to say that because of its nourishing properties for the skin, it may also be nourishing to hair. With that said, the properties of Australian Sandalwood may be the best at improving the appearance of skin.

Cassie

February 08, 2019

Which sandalwood oil would you recommend for damaged hair? I’ve heard sandalwood in general is amazing for hair, but wouldn’t know which one is best. Thank you!

Edens Garden

January 08, 2019

Hi Vivian! Each of our Sandalwood oils have benefits that help to comfort and support those with fibromyalgia.

vivian

January 08, 2019

Which sandalwood is best for Fibromyalgia?

Edens Garden

September 03, 2018

Hi Christina! You can use any of these Sandalwoods for that purpose, but Hawaiian Sandalwood is our most popular.

Christina

September 03, 2018

Hi, which sandalwood would you recommend to put in an anti-aging face moisturizer I’m making?

Thank you in advance. :)

Edens Garden

April 23, 2018

Hi Sherry! We kindly ask that you contact customer service for any return inquiries: info@edensgarden.com

Sherry Anderson

April 20, 2018

I purchased the East Indian sandalwood roll-on. I have a good nose for any smells and this one had absolutely no smell. It’s been over 30 days since I purchased it so I can’t return it. I didn’t immediately open it-I waited until I was ready to use it. It seems like I received 10ml of just plain FCO. Why is there no smell to this oil that should have some sort of fragrant smell, even a tiny bit? At the same time of this purchase I did purchase a 2nd roll-on of a different oil and that one is fragrant, you can smell the EO in it. Am I stuck with an East Indian sandalwood “dud” roll-on?? Thank you.

Edens Garden

February 26, 2018

Hi Karen! Did you receive a Sandalwood roll-on? We’re sorry you feel this way. Everyone has a different nose and aroma is subjective.

With that said, all of our oils excluding our roll-ons are 100% pure, undiluted. Our oils are not synthetic and come from nature, meaning we do not enhance, adulterate or interfere with the pure oil to reach a desired aroma.

Karen letourneau

February 25, 2018

I purchased your east indian sandalwood and was disappointed. I have used sandalwood since the late 70’s and it is so hard to find that true scent anymore. I thought your sandalwood oil smelt more like just
oil. I was wondering how diluted you make it and if you don’t then why did it not have scent. If I smelt hard enough I could slightly say I smell sandalwood. I’m sorry I spent the money. I will keep looking for
sandalwood perfume.