Sandalwood oil is quickly identifiable by its sweet, woodsy smell. You will often find it used as a base or scent additive for perfumes, incense, aftershave, and cosmetics. Hawaii and Australia produce Sandalwood and Sandalwood oil, but the best quality Sandalwood is found in India.
Sandalwood tends to be higher-priced than other essential oils as the Sandalwood tree needs to grow for 40-80 years before you can harvest the roots for the Sandalwood oil.
One of the main benefits of Sandalwood oil as an essential oil (for inhalation) is improving mental clarity. It also helps with relaxing and calming, which is why you will often find it used as incense or in an oil diffuser. But ultimately, being calm and relaxed allows your facials tensions to relax, giving you a more pleasant appearance.
Sandalwood Oil is also a fantastic astringent that is great for sensitive skin types. When using it in a cleanser, it can tighten and soothe the skin. It is antiseptic and antiviral, so it also good for treating minor wounds such as paper cuts, pimples, or razor burn. It can also be mixed with water and gargled when you have a sore throat, thanks to its soothing properties in addition to being an anti-inflammatory.
For skin, it is great to add to carrier oils, creams, lotions, and conditioners for its moisturizing and anti-aging effects.