Why Is Sandalwood So Good For My Skin?

Sandalwood is so hot right now, and with good reason. As one of the most luxurious and sought-after essential oils, it is linked to everything from improving blemishes to keeping skin calm, clear and smooth. There's nothing quite like it, which is why glow-instilling sandalwood is the holy grail ingredient in our products.

So, what exactly is sandalwood?

We're pleased you asked. Sandalwood belongs to the genus Santalum. There are 15 species, the most precious and rare of these being Indian sandalwood or Santalum album, a magical hemi-parasitic tree, meaning it takes nutrients from nearby 'host' trees for its growth (cool, right?).

At the tree's centre is its 'heartwood' where sandalwood oil lives and is extracted via steam distillation. This precious elixir possesses power-packed compounds (or sesquiterpenes) known as alpha- and beta-santalols, which gives sandalwood its extraordinary skin benefits and super-delicious woody fragrance.

Sandalwood is on the verge of extinction in the wild, and a plantation of more than 5 million trees in the north of Australia has secured its future. It's from these plantations we source our oil and powder. So, they're as good for your skin as they are for this unique tree.

calm woman in a hot tub enjoying sandalwood oil benefits

What's the buzz about sandalwood?

Legend has it that the first statue of Buddha was carved from sandalwood, and Cleopatra used it in her daily beauty routine! Sandalwood can be traced right back to the 1300s when it was used in ancient pre-monotheistic traditions. In 1798, it was declared a 'royal tree' by Tipu Sultan, the Sultan of Mysore and for millennia, it was transported in camel-driven caravans along the famous Incense Road, an ancient network of land and sea trading routes stretching from Mediterranean ports across Egypt, Africa, India and beyond.

Sandalwood has been used in wellness therapies for centuries and is prized by millions of people globally today. In Aromatherapy, it is used to calm the mind and in the fragrance world, it is coveted for its warm, creamy scent and dry down power, making it an essential ingredient in famous perfumes like Tom Ford Santal Blush and Le Labo Santal 33. As a skin-loving hero, it was first used in Ayurvedic medicine in the Charaka Samhita (200 CE) and has been used to improve skin radiance and various conditions ever since. Today, sandalwood is loved for its extraordinary skin benefits, which is why we have created an entire skincare range around it.

Believe the hype

Deeply personal, sandalwood has a BFF connection to the wearer. Our sandalwood oil and powder are 100% natural and safe for all skin types (read: no nasties), and our range of skincare is backed by modern-day science for amazing results:

  • Reduces visible signs of ageing
  • Protects against damage caused by blue light and pollution
  • Reduces the appearance of breakouts and blemishes
  • Brightens and evens skin tone
  • Soothes skin
  • Calms the mind
About time we met's aha clay mask is made with sandalwood powder and fruit extracts

You need some sandalwood in your life.

We have formulated different products to handle what your skin needs. You should always look and feel your best, and we're here to help you do that. From a magic serum and silkifying face cream, our products are fun, simple to use, and super-effective, no matter your skin type. Do our quiz and find out which products suit you best for a total skin reset.

But don't just take our word for it. Our products have gold star status. We put our Naturally Brilliant Oil to the test and found that 100% of respondents saw a big improvement in their skin, with 92% loving their more even skin tone, over 80% raving over the reduction in fine lines and 90% seriously impressed with their hydration. Our powerful Repair Serum is incredible at treating blemishes, and 100% of those who tried it said their skin felt more soothed and less irritated, while 92% couldn't believe the reduction in pimples, whiteheads and blackheads.

There's lots of things you can do for your skin, and we're here to help you streamline your routine for real results. You know your skin, and we know sandalwood. We're so happy we met.

Let's do this together.