Aroma: rich, oriental woody
Sandalwood is obtained from the trees of the genus Santalum. The best quality used to be the Mysore sandalwood variety from India, nowadays greatly reduced to the point of extinction from perfumery due to shortage of the natural material (the species is protected from harvesting because it’s an endangered species). Australian sandalwood and New Caledonian sandalwood are different species with a harsher odor profile. It is used in preparing all types of perfume compositions as a base note and as an excellent fixativeנwhich reduces the evaporation rate and allows the original composition to last longer while keeping its true fragrance. It is used also in aromatherapy and cosmetic industry. Sandalwood has been valued for its carving and medical qualities.