Originally Posted by Habbe
Very informative, indeed. Where can I buy this Vanuatu sandalwood EO? Apparently EB
ran out of stock for it. Also, which one is better Sri Lanka sandalwood or Vanuatu?
If you are buying enough of it you can buy direct, but personally I dont buy that much and I imagine most of us here dont. I have two sources both stocking the best grade of which one sells retail and ships worldwide: Hermitage Oils
Better is a very subjective term: Sri Lanka does not yet have a properly sustainable sandalwood farming industry and most of the oil from there still comes from endangered, wild trees. Efforts are
being made to change that, but there is still extensive poaching.
On the other hand, if you get good stuff the Sri Lankan material is from Santalum album
, which is native to the island as it is in southern India. It will probably have a similar to higher percentage of santalols too - typically some 70% or more of the oil, compared to 60% in the best Vanuatu, so the scent may well be better. It will generally cost more too and as always with expensive oils there is the risk of not getting what you paid for - adulteration and passing off are not quite as prevalent as with rose oils but still quite common.