Australian Sandalwood Oil Spectacular


Post by Ainslie Walker


Hello APJ Peeps!

I hope you are all well and fabulously fragrant. I wanted to share a captivating documentary I discovered today. It takes an hour to view, but well worth the time invested for its fascinating content, based in Western Australia and France, all about delicious Australian Sandalwood and more!

Australian Sandalwood Oil Spectacular

The documentary outlines the Australian Sandalwood and Indian Sandalwood oil industries in Australia and highlights environmental issues, indigenous community involvement, poaching, uses of, industry’s worth and traces the oil right through to Givaudon’s laboratory in France where they now use both species of oils for fine fragrance and beauty products.

How would you describe the smell of Sandalwood Oil? Have you had the luck to smell both Indian AND Australian native sandalwood oil? What differences did your nose perceive?

I learnt so much from watching and hope you do too! Make yourself a cuppa or some popcorn, relax and enjoy!

Australian Sandalwood and Indian Sandalwood oil industries in Australia Documentary Link <<<JUMP

Here is an additional ABC news story, which outlines the dodgy poaching industry that is occurring in greater volume than the legal exporting of Sandalwood Oil from Australia. Who knew?!? SO interesting!

After watching the above my mind was inspired, racing in all different directions. My legs took me to my bathroom where I found a bottle of Mecca Cosmetica: Scrub Up Smoothing Body Polish. The reason I raced to find it was I knew it was the only product I had containing Sandalwood KERNEL (i.e. not from the wood) oil CO2 extracted AND the nuts themselves as the exfoliation component. It is from the species Santalum Spicatum which is indeed the Australian Sandalwood kernels. If you remember from the program they were the bigger nuts and sound like they often go to waste…perhaps not anymore!? It seems they have made a slightly more “luxurious version” of the traditional indigenous “chew and spit” kernel poultice/scrub. (..And I do recommend it!)

Sandalwood Mecca Cosmetica

We at APJ would love to hear your thoughts on the above programs including anyone who has personally visited the plantations in Western Australia.

Finally, which are your favorite Sandalwood containing fragrances and do you think they contain Australian or Indian oil…or synthetic molecules?

9 thoughts on “Australian Sandalwood Oil Spectacular

  1. Hi Ainslie,

    I’ve tried oils of both the Mysore and Australian versions of S. album as well as the Australian native S. spicatum. One would expect the two S. albums to be the same but there are slight differences, perhaps having to do with the age of the oils? My Indian Mysore is older than my Australian album, which was created a couple of years ago. I was able to try this new Australian S. album thanks to a draw by Jordan River.

    I perceive the big difference between S. album and S. spicatum to be the top notes. The indian type sandalwood oil is sweet, woody, creamy and balsamic (in varying degrees) from top to bottom. The S. spicatum seems to have a slightly bitter edge, a resinous and dry top note that eventually settles down to the sweet, woody, balsamic of its cousin. The album seems more creamy to me, though. I ramble… Thank you for this post!!

    Azar xx


  2. Yes! I tripped over the information that we were growing the Indian/Mysore as well as harvesting our own spicatum, supposedly by picking up fallen branches, some years ago. (I must now look at the film!). I often notice the frag bloggers derisively referring to ‘Australian’ sandalwood apparently unaware that yes, it could also be Mysore!:)


    • The documentarty is very interesting and I was surprised they just rip out the entire tree!! Yes there are the 2 types now coming out of WA. Thanks for reading and commenting xx


  3. I love sandalwood but I’m definitely no expert on it. Perhaps if I had samples side by side I could detect the differences but I’ve never had the chance to do that type of comparison.


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