The Best Sandalwood Oil Ever
For centuries, Indian Sandalwood has been regarded as the Sandalwood essential oil.
With the European settlement of Australia we are beginning to discover it’s amazing floral diversity including our own Sandalwood species.
Our Sandalwood Oil is described as …
Respected perfumier, Valerie Gearon, describes our sandalwood oil as ‘dry, sweet, slightly terpenic top note, lactonic heart, with slight hay aspects, very woody, balsamic base, very tenacious, sweet dry down’.
Our Sandalwood oil appears as a clear, crisp, bright oil, just a little viscous (like honey) and has no fine particles.
History in Australia
Australian Sandalwood timber and logs were first harvested and exported around 1845. In the 1800’s the timber was a significant Western Australia export to Asia. The Australian company Plaimar first produced Australian Sandalwood oil in the early 1900’s.
The oil was used as a medical treatment in Europe via capsules between World War I and World War II. Antibiotics after World War II saw the end of Australian Sandalwood oil being used as a mainstream medicine.
Sandalwood essential oil has remained an oil of use amongst aromatherapists in Australia and around the world.
Why Our Supreme Sandalwood Oil Is Now Here
During the last decade the pioneering of a high quality Sandalwood essential oil has been perfected in Western Australia. The Sandalwood oil we use has the highest santalol content (minimum 25%) of any Australian Sandalwood oil produced in the country.
What Makes Our Australian Sandalwood Oil The Best In The World?
The Plant Part
One important step in developing the best Sandalwood essential oil was to determine the choicest part of the tree to harvest. Over several years of trials it was found that the best parts of the tree were the larger logs and lower parts of the tree, including the roots.
Santalol levels measured in leaves and upper branches was as low as 5% while the santalols levels in roots could be as high as 38%.
Different regions of Western Australia produce populations of Sandalwood with different levels of santalol (and other vital constituents like farnesol).
A population of Sandalwood trees in the central-north of Western Australia has proven to produce a highly aromatic and high quality Sandalwood oil.
It is from this region that our superior quality Sandalwood is sourced. The population is entirely harvested and managed by an Indigenous community.
Expert Sandalwood Essential Oil Distillation
The final process is as important as any, and the distillation process for our unique, superior grade Sandalwood oil has been developed through many trials over a decade.
Sandalwood oil can contain unpleasant burnt notes if the distillation facilities are poor. Poor steam control, poor steam supply and uncontrolled condensor temperatures will add burnt notes to the Sandalwood oil.
Some components of Sandalwood oil have a low boiling point, usually these are terpenic constituents. These unpleasant components must be removed at the early stages of distillation, if not the Sandalwood oil will be tainted by terpenic notes.
Any water that remains in Sandalwood oil will tarnish the aroma. The essential oil is also affected by water in the base container or if the distillation equipment is imperfect.
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