Sandalwood Uses and Competing Markets
Fragrance – oils
Unique key ingredient in many perfumes.
Subtle fragrance with a pleasant wood based note and excellent fixative properties.
Cosmetics & Aromatherapy
– oils & nut oils
Used in body moisturisers, face cream, sun screen, anti-aging, skin cleansers & soaps. Increasing concern with toxicity in cosmetics driving strong demand for natural ingredients.
Pharmaceutical – oils & nut oils
Unique anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, antibacterial and healing properties under study.
Distillers of sandalwood oils processing certified plantation timber are seeing an increase in interest, research and product development from the pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical sectors.
Pan Masala & Traditional Medicine – oils
Mixture of nuts, seeds, herbs, spices and oils consumed as a mouth freshener.
Incorporated for its fragrance, flavour and anti-microbial properties.
Incense - logs, woodchip & powder
Highly valued ingredient with spiritual connotations.
Produces white smoke and seen as a symbol of wealth.
Ceremonial - logs, woodchips, powder, oils & paste
Spiritually important to Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists & Jainist (est. 38% world population). Used in funeral pyres as social status of deceased.