Five Categories of Sandalwood
We don't offer all of the below products, certainly not any of the "Fake Sandalwood" products. This simple category separation of Sandalwood products is just to be used as an easy guide to knowing generally what manufactures consider in the formulation of sandalwood products and what categories they might be able to be placed into in end market.
If you would like to test the quality of any Sandalwood products to potentially determine the country of origin or the quality of the sandalwood we can have this arranged for you. We often get requests from people who are curious to know where the sandalwood is from only to realise it is a synthetic Fake product. please don't hesitate to get in contact. Product testing ?
Due to diminishing supply these sandalwood products they have experienced the highest price instabilities. This species of Sandalwood is generally the highest oil yielding and oil quality Sandalwood product. It can be found in Indian, Sri Lanka, Indonesian and East Timor. In the past 10 years plantation industries from around the world has invested some significant money in the planting and establishment of Santalum album. the future supply of this product looks very bright. more info
Pacific Island Sandalwood
Santalum yasi / Santalum austrocaledonicum
These products are amongst the most inconsistent supplied products in the world trade of Sandalwood. mainly due to the inconsistent nature behind harvesting cycles and lack of enforcement on regulation. some pacific island Sandalwood can be as good quality as premium Indian Sandalwood. The Sandalwood oil from this type of Sandalwood is prices in French perfumery. more info
This is the only wild sandalwood product in the world that has been managed and regulated enough in order for the resource to be supplied on a stable and consistent basis. more info
Low Grade Sandalwood
- African Sandalwood (Osyris lanceolata)
Through the large scale over harvest of African Sandalwood and lack of enforced regulation this product is now listed under CITES. This particular product has been popular within Indian markets as it is a Genuine lower-quality lower costing Sandalwood products.
- Queensland Sandalwood (Santalum lanceolatum)
Even though this Sandalwood product is still within the Santalum genus it does not contain as much oil or alpha content than the previously mentioned Sandalwood products. This type of Sandalwood is the cheapest commercially available sandalwood product. this product is predominately sold in log form for the creation of carvings.
This category makes up the largest portion of the market as per volume, any product that does not contain real sandalwood sits within it. E.g. synthetic oil “Sandalore”, incense sticks made out of window frames… you would be surprised what sort of product is out into manufacturing then sold as “Sandalwood”.