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.

 

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