Oil Summary: The African sandalwood has an intensely sweet, woody scent up front, which immediately gives way to a softer, cedary note. Its color is a clear, pale to greenish yellow, and it has a much thinner consistency than its Indian counterpart. Used almost exclusively for perfumery, it is not considered a true sandalwood, although it does possess the same alluring, woody-warm scent. The standard grade refers to its low-level of santalol, the beneficial component that provides the basis for sandalwood’s medicinal benefits. African sandalwood has been proven to prevent the spread of some viruses, and can reduce the symptoms of minor burns or other non-serious skin irritations such as rash, boils or cold sores. African sandalwood is known to provide relief from insect bites, sunburn or other mild inflammatory skin irritations. It eases the symptoms cold and flu, helps to loosen phlegm in the chest and calm a cough.
Botanical Name: Osyris Lanceolata
Plant Origin: Tanzania
Processing Method: Steam distillation
Plant Part: Trees-Roots
Odor and Color: Clear, pale yellow to greenish yellow viscous liquid.
Blends well with: Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Cinnamon, Patchouli, Bergamot, Ginger, Nutmeg and Clove.
Contraindication: African sandalwood does not come with any severe contraindications. It is one of only a handful of essential oils that is considered to be completely safe for topical use. Until you know your tolerance, it is tremendously important never to apply the undiluted oil directly to your skin or take internally unless you are under the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner who is certified in aromatherapy. Essential oils are highly concentrated, and when applied directly to the skin they have the potential to cause severe irritation. Always abide by recommended dilution guidelines, and if using topically for the first time, do a patch test on a small area of skin before applying liberally. If you are pregnant or suspect that you might be, you should consult a physician before starting aromatherapy treatment. Similarly, if you suffer from allergies you should exercise great caution, as many carrier oils are nut-based and can cause severe anaphylaxis.
Steven Gibbs (verified owner) –
This is a wonderful oil in it’s own right. It has the tanginess of some oudhs and the woodiness of sandalwoods in the dry down. Comparing it to other sandalwoods misses the mark. This oil is hard to find and may not be available in the not to distant future.
COREY E. (verified owner) –
I have been collecting various species of sandalwood essential oil from all over the world for quite some time now. Osyris (African Sandalwood) essential oil is an extremely hard to find oil derive from Africa — Tanzania to be exact. How does it smell? From the headspace (top note), it has a richer and more intense milky sweet creaminess to it that is in the same same vein as the East Indian S. Album – almost in the gourmand direction — wonderful. Diluted in fractionated coconut oil, it becomes quite a soft sandalwood cedar note that is harder to describe but definitely less sweet. After about an hour on the skin, it has become quick softer and mellow reminiscent to a cross between Himalayan Cedarwood and Amyris essential oil — soft ,mild, sweet, resinous, and woody. While Osyris may not quite share the exact same chemical markers of a quality East Indian Sandalwood (i.e., santalol content of 90%), it is unique enough to stand out on its own with its creamy cedarwood resinous odor and fixative properties. However, like most thick essential oils, Osyris may improve with age if properly sealed and stored. The color is pale yellow and consistency is less viscous than S. Album, but still quite thick. I find that it blended well with florals, citruses, conifers and just about anything else without overpowering the final composition as is the case with Patchouli or Vetiver in high concentrations.
I am very pleased with the overall customer service. I spoke with Feroz a few weeks ago about his products. He was extremely kind and knowledgeable, especially on the topic of agarwood and sandalwood distillation. While little is known of the Uh-Roh-Muh company, I appreciate that the fact that he supplies a large assortment of product in addition to essential oils that are quite affordable. I have not purchased any thing else as of yet, but I will most like buy again. I live on the east coast where there aren’t too many suppliers of high quality essential oil as compared to the west coast that take forever for products to arrive. My order arrived unbelievably fast — within 48 hours. Presentation-wise, the item arrived well packaged and the oil itself was inside of a nice box. The label presentation had all the markers one may expect to see from a quality company, which included the botanical name, 100% pure & therapeutic quality, place of origin and packaging, and safety and contact information. Overall, great experience and will recommend this company to my friends and family.
COREY E. (verified owner) –
I will always keep a supply of african sandalwood on hand.i love the creamy sweet notes in sandalwood. No earthy vibe here just natural sandalwood.