Sandalwood Dreams, Part 8: Uses and Markets

18th December, 2013

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.


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.

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

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    • davidcontact | 18th December 2013 16:27

      I am loving this website more and more. I heard horrible stories about sandalwood and how it harvest and sol so I am glad to read the following

      "After blending and pouring into large drums or small flacons a Certificate of Analysis is logged to the batch number. This means that the final analysis of the oil is traceable back to each plantation. A legal, traceable and transparent supply chain from soil to oil."

      Happy holidays all

    • paimutan | 18th December 2013 16:36

      This was an excellent crash course in understanding sandalwood production. I was particularly awestruck reading that even the stumps are ripped from the ground, for their yield of oil!

    • mahboub | 18th December 2013 16:54

      I've been following the bits and pieces of information about Australian Santalum album, so your series was timely and topical. Such a wealth of information you have provided.

      I heard that Santalum album may have been indiginous to the Australian continent and that these plantations in the tropical north are a sort of home coming for the species. I love the native Australian spicatum and have an assortment of Mysore sandalwoods including several antique examples I've collected as well as tiny samples from the late 90's before the crisis. I would love to see how this recent extraction compares. I'm sure aging will help the oil mellow.

      I really enjoyed learning about the process of extraction. The low yield, 3.7% is not surprising and will probably increase as the trees mature into their 3rd decade. I also appreciate the effort Tropical Forestry Services is making to eliminate waste in all aspects of production and offer a product that is traceable to the plantation, from soil to oil. That is setting a new standard for world production of key perfumery ingredients.

      Thank you for this great series!

    • woodgirl | 18th December 2013 17:46

      I was surprised to learn that the trees are ready to begin harvesting. I thought it would take more years of growth. Thanks for the draw.

    • Renegade | 18th December 2013 18:08

      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?).

    • kantofox | 18th December 2013 18:18

      I was very interested to learn that the spot price of Australian album was higher than it's Mysore counterpart, but I would suppose that it being a new crop the demand would ultimately be much higher. compared though to the options I find it surprising that Album still commands such high prices especially with austrocaledonicum having more of the sandal woody constituents such as a-santalol which is what gives the it, it's creamyness.

    • Azar | 18th December 2013 18:29

      Hi Jordan,

      I learned so many things from this series. I would say that I was most surprised by the fact that nothing is wasted in production. Also, that Italian stump and root pulling machine was something I've never seen before!


    • Jordan88888888 | 18th December 2013 18:55

      Happy Holidays to you too David. I like the traceable chain. You are in the draw.

    • Jordan88888888 | 18th December 2013 18:57

      It was a crash course for me too. Fascinating to research. We were awestruck by the same things. Into the hat goes your good name Paimutan.

    • Jordan88888888 | 18th December 2013 19:00

      And thank you for reading Mahboub. Yes it is all about the aging after getting this far. How about a photo of your vintage oils? I like different ones on each wrist to enjoy the nuances. You are in with a grin for the draw.

    • Jordan88888888 | 18th December 2013 19:03

      Ah, yes Woodgirl. As this is a commercial operation the date of harvesting is maximized for yield. It is likely though that some trees will be left to mature to see what the oil yield difference is - don't quote me on that though as it is an assumption. All the best to you for the draw that you are now in.

    • grabuge | 18th December 2013 19:13

      I highly doubted that the genetics of Santalum Album would prove sufficient to yield the 'Mysore' aromatic profile from Australian soil, water, light...

      Thanks to the Australians for proving me wrong.

      And thanks to Jordan and TFS for the draw!

    • Jordan88888888 | 18th December 2013 19:14

      Hmm, I do not have the facts on that. Maybe there is low-grade oil with less alpha and beta sanatol that is not commercially available. There are other elements as well as those two that perfumers look for to achieve various results.

      As for harvesting; a good question which I have commented on in the comment before your one. Furthermore, In Part 4 it does say that a 50-year old tree would only yield slightly more than 3 to 3.7% oil but presumably this would also effect the oil quality. Still I think these very organised people would have optimized the quality to age of tree when they made the date-of-harvest decision. O, and you are so in the draw Renegade!

    • Jordan88888888 | 18th December 2013 19:25

      Ah, Kantofox, I think that is because this oil is actually available while the Mysore is not available at all except for vintage vats held by perfumers. I know what you mean though with Supply and Demand Economics.

      Santalum austrocaledonicum is more woody than Mysore but yes it still has the sought-after creaminess and is much much smoother than Santalum spicatum which is the native Australian variety. However as the S austocaledonicum does have have vast plantations on the level of this new enterprise I would imagine that has an effect on price or maybe the demand from perfumers varies. You can let us know if you win the draw that you are now in.

    • Jordan88888888 | 18th December 2013 19:28

      Much nicer than an oil-rig drill! I often wonder what happens to the vacuum left under the earth or sea by the extraction of petroleum oil. Whoops, off topic. Your Persian name is flying into the draw. Thank you for reading Azar.

    • Jordan88888888 | 18th December 2013 19:35

      Well Grabuge you are not the only one who had doubts on this experiment which has now become a major commercial operation. There must be thousands of Indian people who are even more surprised at the success of the oil profile. Hopefully they are glad too that this oil is now sustainable and available. It is all about the chronograph analysis and then your own nose. Or maybe the other way around! You can let us know your reaction if you win the draw. This oil is young and it is an ingredient not a perfume so as long as that all makes sense I hope you have a chance to make your own mind up.

    • Jordan88888888 | 18th December 2013 19:37

      Peace Ryanvars. Thank you for adding to the conversation with the link which I am off to read now. But first let's put you in the draw.

    • DuNezDeBuzier | 18th December 2013 20:51

      Thank you for this very interesting series on Australian santalum album Mr. Jordan.

      Reading my way through, I could not help but notice the similarities between the plight of Sandalwood - Santalum album out of the mysore area of India and Agarwood/Oud - Aquilaria malaccensis out of India and southeast Asia.

      Would you know (and be able to share) whether TFS has entertained the cultivation/inoculation of agarwood/oud for commercial harvesting in anyway similar to its efforts with Santalum Album in Australia?

    • daid | 18th December 2013 21:09

      This is great and very educative series of articles. There are many interesting facts I've learned. The most important part for me is the one about the smell, part 7. I'm very happy to read positive opinions of those who have a huge experience with perfumes (Clayton, Portia, Suzanne). As the situation with Mysore sandalwood in India is rather bad, it sounds optimistic to have such a great alternative enriched with the virtues of Australian ground ("...a note of the Australian bush in it – but just a hint"-Suzanne R Banks, "...a fresh version of the Mysore, still rich and lavish but different."- Portia.) It would be interesting to make the same perfume with Mysore and Santalum Album just to see the particular differences. I think that there are perfumers who have already done this experiment in their laboratories. All in all, it seems encouraging.

    • demcav | 18th December 2013 21:35

      Reading this series of installments about TFS's success in reestablishing santalum album as a sustainable species is truly a dream come true! "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!" Thank you for sharing this wonderful news, and a chance to sample the results!

    • joshuaang | 18th December 2013 21:51

      I have learnt, rather superficially, that Australian album sandalwood smells similar to Mysore sandalwood, only stronger, although I'd have to smell it for myself to decide! Great series, Jordan :)

    • Pharmacist_Blender | 18th December 2013 21:59

      I've been fiddling around with the replacement arochemicals (ebanol, javanol, santaliff, sandella) for ages trying to find something I like. I'm excited to get a sniff of this new supply!!! I'm thrilled to hear the santalol levels are so high!

    • Birdboy48 | 18th December 2013 22:13

      A very interesting set of articles ! I imagine that TFS is anxious to get on with their harvest, as 14 years is a long time to wait. In time, perhaps they will be growing even older trees ?

      I was particularly impressed by their greenhouses, and the number of seedlings they are producing every year !

    • Kingpharroh | 18th December 2013 23:39

      I learned that the traditional method of sandalwood oil production is burying the cut logs in the ground so that white ants eat the outside wood leaving the oil carrying heartwood uneaten. I also learned that the fragrance of sandalwood is a natural repellant to those ants. I would have thought the yield from the sandalwood would be much higher than 3.7%. This was a great series Jordan, thanks for doing it and thanks for the draw!

    • Bande | 19th December 2013 00:05

      Really interesting. I have always liked Sandalwood and sought it out in fragrances, but never realized how/where it came from. The idea that the stumps are ripped out to obtain the oil was eye opening to say the least. :)

    • nwguy | 19th December 2013 00:54

      I found it interesting that Santalum album requires 3 different trees in order to grow.

      I also like how transparent TFS is being with the whole process, from picking through distillation, even being so careful about each batch. It's so nice that there is finally a completely legal source for the oil from this species. Hopefully it will decrease demand for its Indian counterpart and help curb the poaching of an already depleted terroir.

      I am interested to know how this compares with the native spicatum in its profile and how it blends.

    • fhayat | 19th December 2013 01:22

      I had used the original sandalwood prayer beads from India and can"t wait to smell this"new genre" of sandalwood .

      A very enlightening and informative series

    • rattus_st | 19th December 2013 03:40

      As a sandalwood lover, it's great to read that the Australian santalum album is now being planted and harvested sustainably and that it can rival the Mysore sandalwood in terms of fragrance profile.

      These have been very informative articles. Thank you for sharing.

    • davido22 | 19th December 2013 09:06

      The most inspiring thing I learned was about the Buddha's scent hut. I have been experimenting with the release of fragrances in contained spaces and the description of the disciples bringing their santal to burn in his presence gave me a sense of spiritual deja doppelganger. So far I am using my own little fumigation tent with my electric incense burner for safety's sake. I would love to put this Australian santal in a diffuser and annoint myself with its healing magick.

    • Zinan | 19th December 2013 10:54

      I for one am glad to see a viable replacement on the verge. The synthetic takes on sandalwood just do not compare. This gives me hope that current houses can have some of their scents return close to or to their former glory. This entire series has been quite refreshing and has made me aware that there is an effort to find a viable replacement. I cannot wait to see what the future stores!

    • bridge of birds | 19th December 2013 15:38

      This whole series has been highly educational--thank you!

      I especially liked the Buddhist stories earlier, about the perfumed chamber of Buddha and the transmutation of his hut to crystal through incense smoke. Also the stories about the first highly successful sandalwood merchant who bought a poor man's wood and made a killing selling it to the king. I wonder how that ancient pricing compares to the 16 % compound increase of the past few years?

      From this section, I thought it was interesting to hear that its medicinal uses include a wart remover. Useful but not at all glamorous.

      Possibly my favorite was all of section 7 wherein I lived vicariously and smelled Australian album through their noses and descriptions. Lovely! I have smelled some kind of non-Mysore 'sandalwood' oil which was very very sharp and not buttery/nutty or even very woody. I was sad to think that was it for naturals, and am very very glad to hear that was wrong.

      Please count me in

    • Jordan88888888 | 19th December 2013 20:15

      Bridge of Birds, counting you in now. The ancient pricing became far too complex in translation to calculate interest! I liked the transmutation story too.

    • Jordan88888888 | 19th December 2013 20:19

      It is a 'feel good' story in many ways especially as the effort has been successful. A nice change from the nightly news which I never watch. Sometimes I spray Trayee (Mysore Sandalwood) on my left wrist and Le Labo’s Santal 33 (Synthetic Sandalwood) on the right wrist just to enjoy the difference in wafts. This will also tune one's nose to these differences.


      Santal 33

      Zinan you are in the draw.

    • Jordan88888888 | 19th December 2013 20:24

      Peace David. The Perfumed Chamber was a thrill to discover. Fumigation tent; photo please. I have been bathing in Australian album! Wafting your name into the draw now.

    • Jordan88888888 | 19th December 2013 20:28

      You are very welcome Rattus St. I have been chasing the story since 2012. I am so happy to be able to share this with you. Into the hat goes your good name.

    • Jordan88888888 | 19th December 2013 20:31

      I am often enlightened here myself Fhayat. 'New genre' - sure, such succinctness puts you in the draw. Succincticity to you!

    • Jordan88888888 | 19th December 2013 20:34

      I hope you find out nwguy. One way could be to put you in the draw. Done.

    • Jordan88888888 | 19th December 2013 20:35

      Hey Bande. Yes I loved the stump extractor as did a few others here. Maybe your name will be extracted from the draw which you are now in.

    • Jordan88888888 | 19th December 2013 20:38

      Aha, that was a traditional method used in Indonesia and probably all over South East Asia. The same ants are maybe not in Australia but you never know as they are very close neighbours; make that geographically close. They have issues. Thank you for reading Kingpharroh. You are in the draw.

    • Jordan88888888 | 19th December 2013 20:41

      En pointe Birdboy48. Imagine if they waited 50 years! You would be reading this story in 2063. Half a lifetime in this day and age. Your name has flown into the hat for the draw.

    • Jordan88888888 | 19th December 2013 20:43

      Aha, something new to put in your potions! And a name for the draw; Pharmacist_Blender.

    • Jordan88888888 | 19th December 2013 20:46

      Always the best way Joshua Ang. Only your nose knows what it knows. It will be interesting to smell this batch in 10-years. It will be a collector's item and it may even be in your collection. It will also be interesting for you if you win so into the draw goes your name.

    • Jordan88888888 | 19th December 2013 20:48

      Dream come true; Yes! Hope yours do too demcav. In this case patience and vision played a big role in actualization. Your name just leaped into the draw.

    • Kindred809 | 19th December 2013 20:51

      I found it very interesting that Germany was the principle buyer of raw mysore sandalwood in the 1900s. Not the first country that would come to mind! The series was concise and nicely written; well done Jordan.

      Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Tapatalk

    • Jordan88888888 | 19th December 2013 21:05

      Mr DuNezDeBuzier, a good comparison. I have just written a draft of a 14 part Oud series covering the plight, plantations and outputs from this wood. I like your question but I cannot answer it. I will though when I have an answer. As far as I know Aquilaria trees do not grow in Australia. Maybe no one has tried? Or maybe further research will reveal 7600 hectares ready for harvesting next year after successful inoculation some years ago? There are successful plantations of Agarwood but there are far more unsuccessful ones due to the inconsistent results from the inoculation process. You can cultivate the trees in pretty rows but they do not all produce the resin that is Oud. Back on topic: you are in the draw. Simplex Sigillum Veri to you.

    • Jordan88888888 | 19th December 2013 21:12

      Well Switch245 that was very interesting but why why why did Germany buy buy buy? Maybe you or another Basenoter can answer this question as my research was limited to English, Sanskrit, Pali, Hindi, Bahasa Melayu and Mandarin. Least you think I am showing off; Google Translate is a dear friend of mine. You have a very clever phone that has put you straight into the draw using Tapatalk!

    • Jordan88888888 | 19th December 2013 21:32

      Someone will be making that (cannot say who just yet but the person is quoted in the series but had to do so incognito) and I can't wait to smell the results. The big difference will be the aging at the moment as this 'young' oil's scent profile will deepen and widen with time. Daid you are in the draw.

    • Hackensack | 20th December 2013 00:51

      So many of the natural elements that make perfumery great have taken a beating, I'm very encouraged that someone had the foresight (and business sense) to work on establishing a sustainable source for albam sandalwood. Now, if we can just be sure nobody reports an allergy so that IRFA bans the stuff..............Great set of articles!

      --oakmoss fan

    • Jordan88888888 | 20th December 2013 02:33

      Hackensack I hope you are not a prophet! The conspiracy theory is that all naturals will be eventually be banned by the said body so perfumers have to buy from the aromachemical companies in a Monsanto-seed-type scenerio. I do not subscribe to this theory but it is interesting to follow the multitude of opinions. However I know of no deaths or handicaps from let us say, oakmoss! And it is not like perfumers use Deadly Nightshade in their 'fumes. A great cautionary comment though from you, thank you. Let's put you in the draw. Done.

    • yukiej | 20th December 2013 03:05

      I love sandalwood, but I didn't know anything about how sandalwood is harvested, so this series was very interesting and educational for me. I was especially struck by how incredibly low yielding the whole process is (2-3%???). I would love to compare the different kinds of sandalwood oil side by side some day.

    • annamadeit | 20th December 2013 17:07

      Fascinating reporting, Jordan. Ever since you told me about the new Australian sandalwood, I've wanted to know more, so this was great! I have a couple of thoughts:

      I wonder what is done to the soil after a harvest. Is it left fallow for a while or...? Being that it is a mono-culture, I imagine certain nutrients need replenishing. (For comparison, the lyptus plantations of Brazil are said to drain the soil of nutrients.) Is there a companion plant that can be grown together with the trees to replenish as they go?

      Also, I was astounded to see the variation in trunk shape (based on the cross section of the logs. I imagine it is quite a craft to be able to use a machine of that size and power to reveal the heartwood without damaging too much of it. Those white ants probably took a lot longer, but I can see why that would have worked.

      I love the fact that the oil is traceable back to its growing location. I wish we did better with the tropical woods we get from other countries. Sadly, there seem to be some notable holes in that supply chain. Not to mention the added confusion with renaming woods into trade names and brand names.

      Finally - I always love a good legend! This was a great read. Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to put it all together into such a comprehensive presentation. Love it!

    • Jordan88888888 | 20th December 2013 19:44

      3.7% oil yield for this crop Yukiej, which includes the oil from the roots and stump as well as the tree above the ground. Yes, the % was new to me too. I hope you can try the differences on each wrist and one way to have a chance to do so is to pop your good name into the draw. Done.

    • Jordan88888888 | 20th December 2013 19:52

      Anna, thank you. I know you to have a strong ecological conscience and a love for trees. I have never met a tree that I did not like. I will not pretend to know the answers to your pertinent questions. I will however report back here after some further investigation with the answers as I like to know everything too! As the Santalum album is a hemi-parasite it requires 3 host plants to survive. Maybe these host trees regenerate into the soil before the next planting? Ha, now I already know that you will want to know the names of the 3 host plants! OK, I will rustle them up for you and others who may be interested.

      Before I continue this research I will plant your good name into the green hat for this draw.

    • annamadeit | 20th December 2013 21:04

      Haha - yes! I am dreadfully predictable... I would love to know the names of those host plants. What a fascinating symbiosis - no wonder the oil is precious!

    • gimmegreen | 20th December 2013 21:59

      Annamadeit has already voiced part of what I was going to say.

      I am beyond pleased that a sustainable source of good quality sandalwood is being cultivated.

      But I, too, must raise questions of wider sustainability.

      There is usually little that is ecologically sustainable about plantation monocultures, especially over large tracts of land. Ecological diversity is certainly lost - not just of the flora of that region. However, I'm sure a tree plantation is better than, say, cutting down rainforest to plant GM soy.

      Nonetheless monocultures tend to be green deserts. And what about pesticide use? It would be interesting to hear TFS's views on such issues.

      Then there is the question of social sustainability. Is the work generated benefitting the local population or does it rely on staff who have been brought in from outside? Is it displacing traditional livelihoods? Does the company try to maximize employment or is the bottom line the only thing that matters - ie greater use of machinery to minimize numbers employed?

      Maybe these are unfair questions but they belong in the larger picture of sustainability.

      I'm not sure my post qualifies for the draw - but no matter. I have greatly enjoyed reading the articles.

    • JDBIII | 20th December 2013 22:35

      Thank you for this fascinating series of articles. It certainly is inspiring to see sustainable practices used in the service of fragrance materials. I'm curious to know if there are any other surprises from other companies around the world who are trying to keep natural fragrance materials viable in an ever changing marketplace.

    • Jordan88888888 | 21st December 2013 06:16

      Gimmegreen, firstly, questions about any commercial entity are never unfair. I can report that not only are our Aboriginal sisters and brothers employed on this project but that TFS also sponsors soccer teams from these same communities. I think that TFS, based on the scale of the project is certainly increasing livelihoods in the growing regions. Pesticides; I do not know but I am happy to investigate and then report the findings back to you here.

      Sure you are in the draw based on your second sentence.

    • Jordan88888888 | 21st December 2013 06:25

      If you come across a surprise from other companies JDB111 please let me know. At the moment I am investigating the Agarwood situation as it is in the red zone of Critically Endangered which is a mere two steps away from extinct. A similar situation exists to what was the sandalwood situation. In this case organic plantations have been planted across Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and Viet Nam. The issue is the inoculation process which induces the Oud resin.

      These plantations have not all become successful. If this interests you my prelimary investigations (I have to say that the next link includes a reliable source in my opinion in case you think this is promotion) are in the article called The End of Oud.

      There is some good news though; you are in the draw.

    • annamadeit | 21st December 2013 07:01

      Oops - I think I posted a reply in the wrong place... so sorry! It has been removed.

    • annamadeit | 21st December 2013 07:08

      All great, big, relevant questions, for sure, Gimmegreen. I always think of sustainability (or anything else, for that matter) as rings on the water. Everything we do causes a definite ripple effect. But I'm afraid that as long as the sheer number of humans and their many actions on this earth so dramatically skews the fragile balance that true sustainability requires, no effort is ever going to be perfectly sustainable. I once worked on a Living Building Challenge, which has very strict rules about what is permissible. It was hugely challenging, and although everyone did the best they could, and in the end it was as good as we could get it, it still wasn't perfect. A humbling experience indeed. I think we just all have to highlight and cherish those that are trying, and realize that we can always do better. And most importantly - don't ever stop asking the difficult questions! :)

    • Cason | 21st December 2013 11:15

      I am extremely surprised to learn the price of Australian sandalwood is more than the Mysore. That's hard to believe considering the price some charge for the oil. Maybe it's due to the availability. I prefer Australian myself. I have some oil from the nineties and it's Mysore but u think its inferior to Australian of today.

    • Mark | 21st December 2013 12:45

      Thanks for the great series, Jordan. Interesting to read that the current price for the oil is above that for Indian Mysore oil. I read elsewhere a while ago that the end price is expected to drop when harvesting and production reaches its full potential to around $2700/kg (at around 3.7% yield) - which is still pricey!

    • TXAggie | 21st December 2013 19:56

      I have a degree in Chemistry and Supply Chain Management so this series of articles was especially interesting to me. I would very much appreciate similar series on other essential oils. Thanks very much for the insight and history lesson.

    • Jordan88888888 | 22nd December 2013 08:20

      Interesting Cason.Only your nose knows what it likes! Into the draw you go.

    • Jordan88888888 | 22nd December 2013 08:26

      TXAggie, thank you for your comment. I learnt a lot myself in the research process for this series. Mentioning Supply Chain and History will place you in the drawl Just! With those qualifications I hope you have a rewarding and fascinating job.

    • Jordan88888888 | 22nd December 2013 08:29

      Hello Mark. Yes the market could very well do that or not! You have now been placed into the draw for a valuable and an historic oil.

    • Ularewolf | 26th December 2013 01:19

      The smell of sandalwood is something I don't know if I've truly experienced, so the "what it smells like" section was particularly interesting to me since I see the different areas it's harvested gives off a different smell. So cool! I would love to have a little bottle of this to experience a true sandalwood experience and relate it to fragrances I have smelled.

      I also would love to dabble in fragrance-creation so this would definitely put me over the edge for that. :)

    • Jordan88888888 | 26th December 2013 01:59

      Over the edge you go Ularewolf and into the hat for the draw. If you win remember that this is an ingredient not a composed perfume. This oil is also young not vintage. Hours of fun ahead for you!

    • Ularewolf | 26th December 2013 02:10

      Oh indeed. I want to experience the ingredients more. Thanks for this opportunity!

    • juanderer | 26th December 2013 22:08

      18% a year?!

      I was amazed to learn that there is a sandalwood- based wart removal product in R&D stages. I wonder what impact in the price inflation of sandalwood this will have if it proves successful.

    • arlecchino | 27th December 2013 21:36

      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!

    • Fungusamongus | 28th December 2013 06:09

      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!

    • Darjeeling | 29th December 2013 11:42

      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).

    • DL Johnson | 29th December 2013 18:15

      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!

    • Kinglsat | 31st December 2013 03:10

      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.

    • Jennapa | 31st December 2013 23:04

      Hi, Just got here, under the drawing wire. Now I need to go back and read everything. Thus far I learned that the Aussie sandalwood was worth more then the Mysore. Thank you.

    • Jordan88888888 | 31st December 2013 23:10

      Juanderer The Wanderder? Cool name. Yes the R&D is a massive and rigorous operation. Ha, inflation, I wonder too. Now I will stop wondering and put your good name in the draw. We will draw this soon.

    • Jordan88888888 | 31st December 2013 23:18

      Ah, yes. Oud and Musk grains do the same like vintage wine. Popping you in the hat now Kinglsat.

    • Jordan88888888 | 31st December 2013 23:21

      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.

    • Jordan88888888 | 31st December 2013 23:25

      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.

    • Jordan88888888 | 31st December 2013 23:28

      Nothing to consider; in the hat you go Fungusamongus. I hope that you can compare this young oil to vintage ones.

    • Jordan88888888 | 31st December 2013 23:31

      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.

    • pkiler | 2nd January 2014 09:41

      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...


    • elve | 2nd January 2014 18:53

      I had no idea that they use santalum alba roots to make oil. plus many other things. I'm glad to participate :)

    • Jordan88888888 | 3rd January 2014 18:39

      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.

    • Jordan88888888 | 3rd January 2014 18:41

      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!

    • surge | 3rd January 2014 21:19

      Man I love the new basenotes --- I hope I 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.

    • Jordan88888888 | 13th January 2014 08:12

      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.