Our Sandalwood pieces were harvested sustainably from a plantation planted by a local grower in Vanuatu. We have seen the grower’s plantation and bought direct from him to ensure it is not illegally harvested from the wild and fair prices have been paid.
Sandalwood trees (Santalum austrocaledonicum) grow wild on the islands of Vanuatu, but because of Sandalwood’s high value, a lot of the wild population has been harvested.
The aroma of Sandalwood has a long history in the ancient religions of the world. It’s woody and exotic scent has a calming and harmonising effect, and is used in rituals to purify the space.
It was used in cosmetics and perfumes in India and Egypt, and made into powder and paste to be added to high quality incense.
Different species of Sandalwood grow wild around the world, the most commonly known being the Indian Sandalwood (Santalum album), of which it is rare to find in the wild due to over harvesting. Australia has it’s own native Sandalwood species of which Santalum spicatum is the most prized for aromatics.
Grind into a powder or paste, make incense with or burn whole to purify the space and emit an exotic and harmonising scent.