Updated: May 11
Sandalwood is a plant that has stood the test of time. From medical to spiritual guidance and now most commonly found in skincare–sandalwood is a plant that is here to stay. Or is it?
This plant is native to south-east Asia and Australia and emits a fragrance that is woody and all natural, a key player in the perfume world. But, due to unethical sourcing, environmental strains and sustainability, Sandalwood is slowly on the decline due to overharvesting. With its increased popularity in various forms of consumption, this plant has not been able to keep up with the demand as only mature plants can be harvested for use.
The benefits of sandalwood in skin care are significant; from the cooling and soothing effects to antimicrobial properties. All different skin types can take advantage of the power of sandalwood.
Due to the genetic makeup of sandalwood, the antioxidant properties are found to boost protection from hyperpigmentation, which aids in skin cell recovery and anti-aging. And if you tend to have inflamed or irritated skin, sandalwood generates a barrier against enzymes that cause inflammation. Sandalwood products are recommended for conditions such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.
Are you sold on the magic of sandalwood yet? If not, it also works as an emollient which means it helps soften and soothe the skin. Through the hydration properties, sandalwood nourishes your dry skin by penetrating deep into the epidermis. A perfect ingredient for people suffering with eczema. And because of its high moisturizing quality, sandalwood products are effective to help and protect damaged skin, such as rashes and sun exposure.
To get started with using sandalwood products–we have you covered! For all your skin prepping and shaving needs – ESSENCE | the body shave oil will wrap you in a fragrance that is from the earth. And as a versatile product, you can use it as an aftershave, body treatment, or perfume. To use: Apply liberally to the body with long strokes to stimulate your lymph nodes. Apply to the neck area after shaving to cool and calm the skin. Can be reapplied throughout the day to receive aromatherapy benefits.
Can Sandalwood tame your unruly beard? You bet your whiskers it can! SHIELD | the hair beard balm is an all in one treatment (but if you still have 3:1 shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, please toss it). This balm will keep your beard away from the Funky Beard Complex and instead leave you with a beard that’s hydrated and smooth. To use: Apply a dime-size amount of this nourishing treatment to palms, apply to beard + hair for hydration and shine with a bit of hold.
With sandalwood’s many beneficial qualities, it is a no brainer to add this extraordinary ingredient into your skin care routine. It is important to make sure you are reading the ingredients in your products, and make adjustments as needed. Who knows, you might already be using it!