The pure essential oil from one of the last distillations of Mysore sandal wood.
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