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Thursday, November 24, 2005


(wished by many, I have added a little picture of Mr. Man....)

Let’s face it-there is a sandalwood crisis looming around the corner. Not that this mere fact surprises me, there were signs on the wall for quite a while; one being the price exploding, the other being quality eroding. But when I talked to Essencia a while ago, my preferred Swiss supplier for standard essential oils, I learned a detail which puzzled me.

You know the Latin origin of the word “perfume”: Pro fumum, meaning literally “for the smoke”. Guiding us etymologically to the roots of perfumery: At the beginning of perfumery there was smoke, holy smoke, produced to please some far away gods, living in the sky (where the smoke would go) and welcoming this scented gift from men and women. You would get rain in summer or turn pregnant in exchange for incense and maybe a good glass of wine devoted to the god of rain or fertility. As a matter of fact, in old Egypt, there was a man-like good, kind of specialized to man’s fertility and related vital functions. I saw pictures of this sub-god in Luxor, highlighting male details that were rather explicit. Wouldn't it be a nice change to get spam mails with pictures of this man god instead of silly e-mails praising Viagra and other little helpers?

Thus, our ancestors praised these gods and sent fragrant messages to them in the old days. Today, we still send smoky messages, the more and more outside of office buildings, as smokers are not allowed to smoke inside buildings anymore. And we come back to the starting point of this little post: Sandalwood is used in low quality but large amounts in ….cigarettes. A somewhat disturbing fact that leads to too early cutting of trees, which that are not mature yet to yield high quality oil and, as most trees are still harvested unsustainably, finally to a depletion of overall Sandalwood trees.
I still do not understand thoroughly why a synthetic replacement such as Sandalore would not do the job in cigarettes, but in the end there is no way but trying to find alternatives. At the given time, the best replacement I could get is Vanuatu Sandalwood from Eden Botanicals which comes rather close to the real stuff. They seem to be able to deliver rather large amounts and the price is reasonable.

But, in the long run, we should also reconsider our smoky messages sent from outside of office buildings, I guess.


Blogger Heather said...

I took a voluntary pledge not to use either sandalwood or rosewood anymore in my soap and toiletries - and I lecture any would be buyer as to the peril they both face

That being said - whilst linaloe works as a good replacement for rose de bois in perfume - I can't find anything that would replace sandalwood

My son has stopped using it in his incense blends too which he did voluntarily - I was quite proud of him

1:06 AM  
Blogger andy said...

Dear Heather
Have you tried the S. Vanuatu, yet? If I understand Will from Eden properly, then this Sandalwood is grown sustainably, it is from a company that has planted these trees for years and aims also at providing the locals with sustainable income.
I think, it might be worth a try...
Have a nice, incense and myrrh filled day

11:37 PM  
Blogger Ruby said...

I'm one of these strange people (maybe the only one) who actualy prefers the scent of the Australian Sandalwood and the Vanuatu one, over Mysore. Can't explain why, but maybe it's some kind of strange subconsious effect?

I do have a 1oz bottle with the Mysore, that was a gift from a girl who used to run co-ops of luxiourious supplies. Haha, this gift might be an indication for the amount of money I spent? It is gorgeous, but still - I love the Vanuatu even better.

Now I just have to wait until late next week (or early the week after that) for my latest purchases from Eden, along with some tobacco and osmantus concretes to get here. Oh fragrant day!! :-D

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Prince Barry said...

Oooh wish I could find a picture of that God from Luxor, I could use it as my avatar on POL..tee hee.

I agree that it's very concerning that the sandalwood is going to become endangered in the future.


10:01 AM  
Anonymous Prince Barry said...

No sooner do I say that I would like to see a picture of him, lo and behold, he appears in all his err...glory.

Nice one Andy!


11:34 AM  

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