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Sandalwood- Hawaiian Essential Oil

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Sandalwood essential oil exudes one of the world’s most famous aromas and is a favorite for many religious, spiritual and personal rituals. Its distinctive aroma is reminiscent of antique wood, rich leather and very complex, warm notes suggesting earth, herbs and a regal stability.

Sandalwood is often the base oil in well-known colognes, perfumes and body care products. Exceptionally precious Hawaiian Sandalwood is best used conservatively in simple diffusion or mixed in a carrier oil.  Its subtle, yet sweet, rich and woodsy aroma blends well with flowery Jasmine, Orange and similar oils to balance its heavier presence. 

The legendary Sandalwood species of trees are all aromatic. They are found in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), Australia and Hawaii and other Pacific Islands. They all share similar chemistry and can be used interchangeably, depending on your specific preference for their very subtle aromatic characterizations. 

Hawaiian Sandalwood is called 'ili-ahi’ in Hawaiian and was considered a sacred, ceremonial plant used, secured and traded by Hawaiian royalty. It grows at higher elevations on the Big Island.

Not sure which Sandalwood is right for you? Check out our blog on the differences here!


Botanical Name: Santalum paniculatum

Origin: USA

Method: Steam Distilled

Plant Part: Wood

Note: Base

Family: Santalaceae

Blends Well With: Vetiver, resins, Coriander, spices

Aroma: Pungent, woody, musky

Consistency: Thick

Color: Clear- Pale Brown

Safety & Shelf life

Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.

OK For Kids: 2+

Kids Max Dilution: 1%

Adult Max Dilution: 2%

Shelf Life: 4-8 Years

Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
What note is Sandalwood essential oil?
  • In perfumery, scents have ‘notes.’ A scent can be a top, middle or base note. Sandalwood is considered a base note. Each aroma note reacts differently based on its volatility. Top notes tend to be the most volatile, meaning they don’t last that long after they’ve been exposed to air. However, top notes are generally the strongest aroma when you first smell a scent. On the other hand, base notes are the least volatile, meaning they last much longer and are not the strongest aroma when you first experience a scent but they grow stronger after being exposed to air.
Can I use Sandalwood essential oil while pregnant?
  • Sandalwood essential oil is safe to use while pregnant when following proper safety guidelines. It is not recommended that you use essential oils in the first trimester, which is considered the most delicate time in pregnancy. It is recommended that you do not use essential oils frequently, but rather minimally. Dilute your essential oil to 1% during topical application that you don’t overwhelm your system. Lastly, if you’re having complications, it may be best to avoid essential oils.
Can Sandalwood essential oil be taken internally?
  • Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use them are by way of inhalation and topical use. Using Sandalwood essential oil internally is rarely necessary or recommended, no matter the brand. Essential oil ingestion can lead to adverse reactions such as medication contraindications, mucous membrane irritation, sensitization and nausea if done incorrectly. Therefore, if you wish to drink essential oils, we strongly recommend consulting with a knowledgeable professional with experience in internal use.
Does Sandalwood essential oil lighten skin?
  • Essential oils, including Sandalwood, have not been shown to lighten skin. However, they do offer numerous skin-nourishing benefits and can help reduce the appearance of dark spots and discoloration through collagen generation. When skin problems arise, dilute this oil to 1-3% and apply to the skin. Use twice daily as needed. Additionally, like most oils belonging to the sesquiterpenols family, Sandalwood is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to heal and moisturize skin.
How to use Sandalwood essential oil?
  • There are several ways to effectively use Sandalwood essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water. 2.) Dilute 12 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil and use in a skin-nourishing massage. 3.) Add 6 drops to 1 ounce of castille soap and 1 cup of Epsom salt for added magnesium absorption.. Add the mixture to your bath and soak up the goodness. 4.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use.
Comments from GC/MS report:The analysis of this Hawaiian Sandalwood batch sample meets the expected chemical profile for authentic essential oil of Santalum paniculatum. No contamination or adulteration was detected. The results provided in this GCMS quality analysis reflect the chemical composition of the oil and lot referenced above on the date of analysis.

How to Use

Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.

Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.

DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.

COLOGNE: Add 5 drops Sandalwood Hawaiian, 3 drops Douglas Fir and 2 drops Vetiver to a 10 ml roll-on bottle. Top off with Prickly Pear Seed carrier oil and roll-on to pulse points.
HOARSENESS: Mix 7 drops Sandalwood Hawaiian, 7 drops Eucalyptus Smithii and 4 drops Spearmint with 1 oz Sunflower carrier oil. Apply a small amount to outside of throat. Alternatively, add two drops of this combination (without carrier oil) to a bowl of steamy water. With eyes closed, place face over the bowl and cover your head and the bowl with a towel. Breathe in for as long as you can stand it.
COOL BATH: Blend 2 drops Sandalwood Hawaiian, 2 drops Ylang Ylang and 2 drops Geranium with 1 oz Cucumber Seed carrier oil. Add mixture to 1 oz pink Himalayan or Epsom salts and agitate into lukewarm bath water.

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