Sandalwood oil is an essential oil obtained from the steam distillation of chips and billets cut from the heartwood of the Sandalwood (Santalum album) tree. Sandalwood oil is used in perfumes, cosmetics, and sacred unguents.
Sandalwood oil contains more than 90% sesquiterpenic alcohols of which 50-60% is the tricyclic α-Santalol. β-Santalol comprises 20-25%.
Sandalwood essential oil is used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of both somatic and mental disorders. A study investigating the effects of inhalation of East Indian Sandalwood essential oil and its main compound, α-Santalol, on human physiological parameters, Sandalwood oil elevated pulse rate, skin conductance, and systolic blood pressure.
Sandalwood oil and α-Santalol have been associated with chemopreventive activity in animal models of carcinogenesis.
Sandalwood oil Basic information
Product Name: Sandalwood oil
Synonyms: FEMA 3005;SANDALWOOD OIL;SANDALWOOD OIL EAST INDIAN;SANDALWOOD OIL INDONESIAN;SANDELWOOD OIL;SANTALUM ALBUM;eastindiansandalwoodoil;oilofsantal
Product Categories: Alphabetical Listings;Essential OilsFlavors and Fragrances;Flavors and Fragrances;Q-Z
Mol File: Mol File
Sandalwood oil Chemical Properties
bp 276 °C(lit.)
density 0.974 g/mL at 25 °C(lit.)
refractive index n20/D 1.507(lit.)
Fp >230 °F
storage temp. 2-8°C
Stability: Stable. Incompatible with strong oxidizing agents.
EPA Substance Registry System Oils, sandalwood(8006-87-9)
Hazard Codes Xi
Risk Statements 36/37/38-43
Safety Statements 26-36
WGK Germany 2