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Sandalwood one of the oldest known perfume materials, has at least 4000 years of history and uninterrupted use. It is believed that the oil of sandalwood was known in Ceylon over 1000 years ago, but it is only within the past century that the oil has appeared in European and American perfumery.
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A Sandalwood tree must be over 30 years old before its wood is considered suitable to distillation.
The scent of has an extremely soft, sweet woody and almost animal balsamic odor. The oil blends so excellently with rose, violet, clove, lavender, bergamot. It is considered a 'blender' fixative in countless woody floral and Oriental floral bases.
Sandalwood has long been considered the wood and oil of choice for meditation. Reputed to quiet the chatter that can distract a person meditating. Also, recommended for the preparation of healing work.
Associated with the Crown Chakra,
External use ONLY.
Do NOT use undiluted on the skin.
Keep away from children & pets.
Steffen Arctander Perfume & Flavor Materials of Natural Origin.
pgs: 574, 575
Salvatore Battaglia The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy