Our Sandalwood Story

Our Sandalwood Story

Sustainable Sourcing

Sandalwood (Santalum album) is one of the oldest and most valuable natural resources, also known as the ‘holy tree’. Traditionally, sandalwood was sourced from wild forests in India & Sri Lanka. With high demands leading to illegal deforestation, sandalwood has become a vulnerable species - making it all the more important for sustainable sourcing.

The oil used in our Sandalwood fragrance is sourced from dedicated plantations in Western Australia. Our supplier has invested in the conservation and supply of sustainable sandalwood. Exclusively growing their own trees and distilling the oil allowing for a fully traceable supply chain - from seed to oil.

Naturally Healthy Soil

Our supplier is committed to maintaining healthy soil on their sandalwood plantations through natural methods. Tree leaves and barks that are not distilled are used as compost to return nutrients to the soil. Leguminous plants (with the ability to extract nitrogen from the air) acts as hosts to the sandalwood trees as well as offering nitrogen to the soil, an essential plant growth nutrient. After each harvest, the lands are allowed to rest for a minimum of one year for the soil to recover.

Recycled Resources

By using the nearby river as a natural resource, there is no need for energy-consuming water pumping stations. Instead, the sandalwood plantations rely on year-round irrigation from collected rainwater supplied by the river dam. Excess water is then collected and further recycled for irrigating downstream lands.

Photo by Tim Lanzon for Santanol

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