• Sandalwood Dreams, Part 8: Uses and Markets

      In the wrap-up to this series we will find out where to buy sandalwood oil, sandalwood wood and list the various uses and markets for this enlivened product.

      First let's step back in time to a sandalwood report published in 1925.


      SANDALWOOD OIL INDUSTRY OF INDIA
      Journal of the Royal Society of Arts
      Vol. 74, No. 3813 (DECEMBER 18th, 1925), pp. 119-120
      Published by: Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
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      Over the past 15 years the price has increased on a compound basis by 16 % per annum.

      The trial harvest of Australian album oil by TFS in 2011 sold for $US4,000 per kg. This was an 80% premium on the 2011 spot price of $US2,100 per kg. Today Mysore sandalwood oil has a spot price of $US2,500 per kg.

      TFS anticipates that it will be the dominant global producer of Santalum album sandalwood by 2020. The markets for sandalwood include perfumery, religious statues and prayer beads as well as incense and medicine. Currently in R&D is a wart removal trial using sandalwood oil.

      The world now has a reliable, legal and sustainable supply of Australian album (Santalum album) sandalwood. This will deliver stability for the market uses noted above.

      This has been a series of sandalwood dreams which have turned into a heightened and sustainable reality.

      Australian album Sandalwood Oil GIVEAWAY

      Basenotes draw: 1 of 8 sampler ~5ml bottles (as pictured in Part 7) of Australian album sandalwood oil, courtesy of TFS.


      How to enter

      Please leave a comment below letting us know something new or interesting that you learnt from any section of the Series of Sandalwood Dreams.

      Please note that the gift recipient postal addresses will need to be given to TFS for the mail-out. This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.


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      TFS Contact Information

      If you would like to experience Australian album sandalwood oil or wood the contacts are:

      Home and Small Business buyers - TFS products page

      Commercial Quantity
      Australian album Oil - TFS commercial enquiries
      Australian album Wood - TFS commercial enquiries

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      Sandalwood Dreams Series - by Jordan River


      1. Myths & Dreams
      2. The Perfumed Chamber
      3. Planting Santalum album Sandalwood in Australia
      4. Harvesting
      5. Grading, processing and shipping to the distillery
      6. Distillation
      7. What does it smell like?
      8. Uses and Markets

      About the author Jordan River
      Author AvatarJordan River is the host of The Fragrant Man and also writes for Olfactoria's Travels and Australian Perfume Junkies. Jordan has been been reading Basenotes and other fragrance websites for the past few years and enjoys the confluence of subjectivity, knowledge and opinion. He is not a Perfume Pontiff and is always happy to be enlightened by your own knowledge and challenged by differing opinions.

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      1. Jordan88888888's Avatar
        Jordan88888888 -
        Quote Originally Posted by Kinglsat View Post
        I was amused by the testers who could smell Australia in the new source of oil. I learned, to my surprise, that the oil improves with time.
        Very interesting series of articles, and thank you for the Giveaway.
        Ah, yes. Oud and Musk grains do the same like vintage wine. Popping you in the hat now Kinglsat.
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        Jordan88888888 -
        Quote Originally Posted by DL Johnson View Post
        Thank you for a concise and informative history of the Sandalwood industry; especially pleased to read Australia's Santalum Album has been well received. I was surprised to find out the extent to which the plant was harvested (roots included!) and find comfort that forestry sustainability is being employed.
        Happy New Year to all!
        A Happy New Year upon You DL Johnson. I hope you find comfort with this oil. We will know soon as I have your good name in the hat for the draw.
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        Jordan88888888 -
        Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
        Fascinating to read the description of how the Australian oil smelled and the possible impact of the Australian terroir on the product. It would be interesting to blind test this to make sure it wasn't due to some kind of expectation bias from knowing what is being sniffed.
        Hopefully it wasn't due to contamination from eucalypts in some way (e.g. small quantities of eucalyptus leaves getting into the harvest is thought to be responsible for a slightly minty quality in some Australian red wines).
        Those eucalyptus were planted in Issan in North East Thailand and drained the water table before anyone knew what was happening. They have cut them down now; a beautiful tree but only in its native habitat. All the best to you for conducting your own blind test. You are in the draw Darjeeling.
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        Jordan88888888 -
        Quote Originally Posted by Fungusamongus View Post
        I'd like to be considered for the draw. Very curious about this oil as I am a sandalwood buff. What I learned that surprised me was the relatively low rate of cost increase per year (in the teens). My experience is that the price has been increasing faster. Maybe this is just retail in my region. I am excited about this project and very curious to smell how young oils like these compare to stuff distilled from older trees. Thanks!
        Nothing to consider; in the hat you go Fungusamongus. I hope that you can compare this young oil to vintage ones.
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        Jordan88888888 -
        Quote Originally Posted by arlecchino View Post
        What a fascinating series of articles! Thank you Jordan.

        I had no idea at all that this industry had been in the planning to this extent in Australia since the '90's. It's very amazing when I think of the time, money, and foresight needed to accomplish this. I'm particularly impressed with the way the distillation process uses waste wood from the local timber industry and recycled water.

        It brings me joy that there continues to be such a demand for pure, natural santalum album oil and wood and that its value is still so strongly recognized. I like to imagine that if I were in Purna's place, I would make the same wise investment he did!

        I wish TFS all the best in their endeavors!
        Aha, a Purna avatar called Arlecchino in this the 21st century. Thank you for your fascination. It was fascinating to research and write up for you. Your good name is in the draw.
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        pkiler -
        Oh Drat, was there a deadline that I've missed....? Too bad...

        I've been "watching" the Aussie Sandalwood industry grow, wading through the earlier versions of Sandalwood that had the note I don't like, I call it an "Oily parakeet cage" note.

        While on the exhibition floor last year in Long Beach California for the Cosmetics Chemists suppliers Day, I happened upon an Aussie Sandlewood distiller who said he'd worked at Mt. Romance, been in charge of something, and he knew exactly what note I was talking about, and he called it a "Cat's Piss" note. He promised me some samples of his new and improved Aussie Sandalwood, But I have yet to hear from him...

        I use the Aussie Sandalwood in some of my perfumes, where I can mask that oily parakeet cage note aspect.

        I know that I'm spoiled, but after being in Mysore in the late '80's, and enjoying the old mysore grades, and now I've acquired some 1930 Mysore sandalwood oil, I still have to give a nod to old mysore sandalwood. But I am waiting very patiently for the rise of the Aussie Star of Sandalwoods... :-) Hoping it improves every year...

        PK
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        elve -
        I had no idea that they use santalum alba roots to make oil. plus many other things. I'm glad to participate
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        Jordan88888888 -
        And the Sandalwood Oil Gift Recipients have been announced...
        Happy New Everything to you all for 2014 and Beyond.
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        Jordan88888888 -
        Quote Originally Posted by pkiler View Post
        Oh Drat, was there a deadline that I've missed....? Too bad...

        I've been "watching" the Aussie Sandalwood industry grow, wading through the earlier versions of Sandalwood that had the note I don't like, I call it an "Oily parakeet cage" note.

        While on the exhibition floor last year in Long Beach California for the Cosmetics Chemists suppliers Day, I happened upon an Aussie Sandlewood distiller who said he'd worked at Mt. Romance, been in charge of something, and he knew exactly what note I was talking about, and he called it a "Cat's Piss" note. He promised me some samples of his new and improved Aussie Sandalwood, But I have yet to hear from him...

        I use the Aussie Sandalwood in some of my perfumes, where I can mask that oily parakeet cage note aspect.

        I know that I'm spoiled, but after being in Mysore in the late '80's, and enjoying the old mysore grades, and now I've acquired some 1930 Mysore sandalwood oil, I still have to give a nod to old mysore sandalwood. But I am waiting very patiently for the rise of the Aussie Star of Sandalwoods... :-) Hoping it improves every year...

        PK
        That is a great note description Pkiler. I have a smelt it too and called it a urinous note. This is not always a bad thing in perfumery which as you state can be masked. Sometimes it is a fleeting note. Very cool to have some vintage. I hope you can enjoy comparing your treasures to the new oil. No draw for you but the contact details are at the end of the post if that interests you. And a Happy New Year to you and your perfumes.
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        Jordan88888888 -
        Quote Originally Posted by elve View Post
        I had no idea that they use santalum alba roots to make oil. plus many other things. I'm glad to participate
        An elf! Hello Elve, you just missed the draw. The root oil was news to me too. All I can do now is wish you a Happy 2014 and hope you do not miss any other treats this year!
      1. surge's Avatar
        surge -
        Man I love the new basenotes --- I hope I win...one thing I learned is that over the past 15 years the price has increased on a compound basis by 16 % per annum.
        Thanks for the opportunity and great article series. I love you guys!
        Oh well I missed the draw too -- congrats to the winners. Gotta pay more attention dammit lol.
      1. lpp's Avatar
        lpp -
        The results of the draw have been announced here
        http://www.basenotes.net/content/191...ift-Recipients
      1. Jordan88888888's Avatar
        Jordan88888888 -
        Quote Originally Posted by Renegade View Post
        Interesting that different batches of oils are blended together for a more consistent odour profile. I thought they'd just blend everything together. Does this mean that some amount of oil is left behind?

        Also, I wonder if any of the Australian Santalum Album trees will be allowed to reach their full maturity before being harvested? Maybe this way they could offer a superior grade of oil in addition to the regular one (assuming an older tree would give a superior oil - maybe not?).
        Hello again Renegade,

        Santalum album or in this case Australian album oil is very stable - eg. its composition does not vary significantly from batch to batch however as a natural product, some variation does occur. The blending allows TFS to match a customers' previous order as closely as possible. The blending also achieves a more consistent product like champagne etc. If an oil was "out of whack' then it would be blended up or down for consistency.



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