The scent of Sandalwood is mythical in the same way as the fragrances of musk and amber: its name is universally known but it is now so rare and precious that most people have never smelled anything but the poor chemical substitutes that industry produces for the cheap mass production.
The planet simply does not produce enough essence of Sandalwood for all its inhabitants. It cannot be: a Sandal tree needs 35 years to grow, 5 minutes are enough to pull it down it. Logging of the tree is strictly limited by law in India, main producer of the most valuable essence, but this generates a smuggling market that has endangered the very existence of that specie.
In India this wood is traditionally dedicated to sacred uses, such as construction of temples, statues and for crematory function. In it’s country of origin there are for Sandalwood a billion of consumers who, beyond the uses listed above, are also regular burners of sandalwood incense.
All this make us understand that the sandalwood fragrance that we find in so many home or personal perfumes is certainly not from a plant that has such a difficult life. India is also the first producer of chemical sandal and it is paradoxically extremely difficult to find the true essential oil of Sandal in India, because the major part of it is exported to get into the Country valuable international currency.
The seal of the State of Mysore on the bottle is also not a guarantee: the Indians are not less skilful than Napolitans in counterfeiting stamps. The only guarantee is the smell and anyone who has tasted it once will not forget it anymore.
The value of sandalwood resides in the beauty of its aroma and in the effect that it has on the emotional and psychical spheres. It is a wood-resinous fragrance of an overflowing wealth comparable to ambergris. Its scent, very persistent, is of spiritual cleanliness. It is a princely aroma of traditional perfumery that blends with floreal aromas giving them stability and body.
The scent of flowers symbolizes the most ethereal, sublime and passionate human emotions. They sometimes need to be balanced with the earthly and spiritual aroma of Sandalwood.
Its effect is both aphrodisiac and mystical, Breathing it deeply eyes shut brings an intense spiritual pleasure, an ecstasy of the heart that diffuses in the body.
In this unique fragrance is distilled the essence of the East, the tales of the Thousands and One Nights and the myths of the Bhagavad Gita. In the scent of Sandalwood there is the yoga and the tantra and in its scent can be breathed the union of the two ecstasies: physical and mystic love. Sandalwood harmonizes the chakra of the base with the one of the crown, the first and the last ones, and therefore balances all the others between them.
For this reason Sandalwood is reputed to help transforming sexuality into a spiritual experience and for this reason it is used in the art of tantra. Sandalwood stimulates the right part of the brain, favouring creativity and intuition.
Its aroma is related to serenity, to meditation and to wisdom, it is stabilizing our inner states, and favors the return to our own inner dimension.
Sandalwood is useful to those who suffer from the symptoms tht derive from the loss of inner will (himmah), such as frenzy, nervousness, aggressiveness, fear, depression and lack of appetite. Its scent is particularly indicated for persons with depressive states that bring difficulty in the sexual sphere.
The scent of Sandalwood brings peace and serenity, soothes tensions and can be considered a key of access to the unconscious. For these reasons it will be particularly appreciated by all those dedicated to the search of inner truth.