Sandalwood Essential Oil (Africa)

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Botanical Name: Osyris lanceolata

Plant Part: Wood

Extraction Method: Steam Distilled

Origin: Tanzania

Description: African Sandalwood is tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms. The species is found mainly in East Africa and it is a semi-parasitic plant. African Sandalwood is said to have a high concentration of santalols (approx 32% max) and santalyl acetate content (approx 35%).

Color: Pale yellow to golden yellow clear liquid.

Common Uses: There are many therapeutic properties of Sandalwood African Essential Oil. Sandalwood Oil is said to be relaxing, soothing, cooling, and sensual. It promotes restful sleep and helps to ease an anxious mind. It's considered an aid in meditation and prayer - a common practice is placing a drop of sandalwood oil on the third eye. It is grounding in times of emotional distraction and aids with peace and acceptance in times of loss. On the skin, it is believed to be soothing and effective for anti-aging skincare. The astringent action has a great toning effect and can be used to prevent the skin from forming ugly scars. Sandalwood Oil is also widely used in the perfumery industry and in soap making.

Consistency: Thin

Note: Base

Strength of Aroma: Medium

Blends well with: Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Rosewood, Patchouli, Vetiver and Rose.

Aromatic Scent: Sandalwood African Essential Oil has a strong sickly sweet note which rapidly gives way to a woody note slightly reminiscent of Cedarwood. It is much less crude and more pleasant than the top note and more similar to East Indian Sandalwood.

History: The documented use of Sandalwood goes back 4000 years to India, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Many temples and structures were built from Sandalwood and the Egyptians used it in embalming.

Cautions: Sandalwood African Essential Oil is considered non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing oil.

Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping), be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.

IMPORTANT: All New Directions Aromatics (NDA) products are for external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner. Please refer to our policies for further details, and our disclaimer below.

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This Sandalwood smells very different from the East Indian Sandalwood, which smells much more like the stereotypical Sandalwood I was looking for. I've tried this one and the East Indian one in both the undiluted version and the 3% dilution, and the 3% dilution actually ended up being my favorite. I found it to be just as strong as the undiluted version, which was a big surprise to me, and also to have a more pleasant aroma than either of the other two Sandalwoods I've tried. This African version is my least favorite, since it has almost a bitter smell to it. That said, it is stronger than the East Indian version and still has great therapeutic properties, so if you're not going just for the smell, this could be a nice, inexpensive alternative.

By: Lauretta, San Diego, California
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Loyal Customer Since: 19-Jun-2010

Rating: Star
Love this oil! Closest sandalwood to the East Indian Mysore region type I\'ve found, though it is different,(less depth, but does improve with age) nothing compares to the best, but hey, for the price it\'s well worth it, thanks NDA for offering another great essential oil!

By: Candice, Sarasota, Florida
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Loyal Customer Since: 29-Jan-2006

Rating: Star
Have it, love it, coming back for more! I used to take sleeping pills (even natural) and have quit taking the sleeping pills and just use Sandalwood Africa mixed with your Body Butter and/or Cream Base for a night time moisturizer and sleep very soundly and peaceful. Great price point also.

By: Kim, Plano, Texas
Loyal Customer Since: 28-Apr-2009

Rating: Star
Blends well and smells nice. Not bad for the price.

By: Stephanie, Sewell, New Jersey
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Loyal Customer Since: 11-May-2009

Rating: Star
I bought a bottle of African Sandalwood essential oil from New Directions and was initially not impressed with the aroma. It was a bit disgusting, actually. However, after six months of letting the bottle sit on my shelf, I opened it again to discover that the aroma was wonderful. Maybe it's one of these essential oils which improves with age? Anyway, I'll certainly buy this variety of Sandalwood again. Thanks for all the choices!

By: Velma, Powell River, British Columbia
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005

Rating: Star
This smells great! perfect for blends and mists, I was surprisingly impressed!

By: Clare, Waterloo, Ontario
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Loyal Customer Since: 09-Nov-2005

Rating: Star
Not really what I think of as a Sandalwood smell. I cheaped out and I'm sure the theraputic uses of this oil are good, but it smells like anise to me. I wish I would've paid the extra and got what I was really wanting.

By: Seneca, Kooskia, Idaho
Loyal Customer Since: 20-Feb-2009

Rating: Star
Did this oil get better in just one month of age? Less depth than an Indian Sandalwood, but beautiful and therapeutic in its own right. One drop lasts on the skin for quite a while.

By: John, Brooklyn, New York
Loyal Customer Since: 10-Dec-2008

Rating: Star
Smells nice and blends well with other scents. I used this to make some sandalwood rose cream and it's lovely. I'm pleased with the quality and the affordability of this oil.

By: Desiree, Los Altos, California
Loyal Customer Since: 11-Mar-2009

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