A few years ago, the supply of sandalwood really became a problem. The star of the warm woods, the Indian white sandalwood, had been decimated by overexploitation, it had become almost unaffordable and hard to find. Synthetic molecules, although they allow interesting reconstructions of the note, never completely convinced me.
Since then, natural alternatives have emerged. A cousin species of white sandalwood, Santalum austrocaledonicum has reached qualities that allow its use in perfumery, while ensuring reasoned exploitation and good practices on-site, respecting the environment, local populations and traditions.
One of my suppliers recently boasted about his Sandalwood New Caledonia essential oil which grows on one of the islands of the archipelago. It is distilled from wood harvested by local tribes who are aware of the importance of natural regeneration of the raw material. Cutting is controlled and regulated by quota, in order to preserve the resource for future generations.
This was already making me fantasize on paper and made it an interesting candidate to support the vanilla in my next perfume.
As I’m writing, its warm, woody, milky, slightly spicy, smooth and round scent is delighting my nose. It really gives me a feeling of inner peace and serenity. No wonder Buddhists consider it a sacred wood; this oil is truly magic, an enchantment. And I finally found the perfect companion to Madagascar Vanilla that leads the show of the Vanilla Project.
New Caledonia Sandalwood
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