Benefits of Australian Sandalwood Essential Oil
It’s no lie we are constantly looking for the next best thing in skincare, or an absolute miracle ingredient we all NEED to get our hands on!
Well, let me share with you what I have just discovered….
Australian Sandalwood (Santalum Spicatum) has been used by Australian Indigenous people for centuries. Smoke of the sandalwood would be used in sacred rituals and ceremonies to calm the mind and body after being exposed to stress.
It was also used topically to heal cuts and infections, and the juice of the heartwood was ingested for its healing qualities (www.dutjahn.com).
Today, Australian Sandalwood is harvested sustainably in Western Australia and steam distilled for several days to obtain this liquid gold: Australian Sandalwood essential oil.
It is a key ingredient in many skincare products and perfumes due to it’s amazing properties and beautiful aroma. So let's cut to the chase and find out why it’s so good…
All the anti’s!
Australian Sandalwood essential oil really packs on a punch! It has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic and astringent properties, just to name a few…
It’s anti-inflammatory properties have been found to assist with clearing acne, soothing sunburn, and treating insect bites or any other skin wounds. It has also been found to relieve itchiness and inflammation of the skin (World Journal of Pharmaceutical And Medical Research 2018), which is a bonus if you suffer from eczema or dry skin conditions.
Spots don’t have a chance!
I was fascinated to learn this oil can also help prevent pimples, acne and sores from forming due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties! It does this by causing skin proteins to coagulate, which helps to protect your skin from breakouts and allergies.
Funnily enough, it’s also great for those struggling with oily skin conditions! Who would have thought, right!?
Glowing, Radiant Skin!
Australian Sandalwood essential oil is a potent emollient, emollients go deep into the skin leaving your skin glowing, radiant (Healthline 2018), soft and smooth. It’s also especially high in antioxidants which can help fight free radicals that cause age-related skin damage. Antioxidants have also been found to improve blood circulation, remove toxins and help restore your skin’s elasticity, which may help reduce signs of aging.
So, what’s not to love!? What an AMAZING oil right!? Could it get any better?
There’s just one more thing…...
What about Australian Sandalwood in natural deodorant?
I recently discovered Australian Sandalwood essential oil in Natural Approach deodorant balm. After learning of the oils AMAZING benefits, it makes total sense why it would be in a deodorant. It’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties help to eliminate odour causing bacteria and soothe razor bumps, leaving your skin silky smooth and smelling fab!
Also, as the oil is a base note when it comes to perfumery terms, the gorgeous scent while subtle, holds for a long period of time, making it perfect for deodorant!
Who is Natural Approach?
Natural Approach is an Australian owned family business who handcraft natural balms so you can care for your body with confidence. They use this holy grail ingredient in their natural deodorant balm, which is available in both their Sensitive Body (bicarb free) and Regular Body range. It gives their deodorant a beautiful, earthy aroma but also encases those AMAZING benefits Australian Sandalwood holds.
Where does the essential oil come from?
Natural Approach sources their premium Australian Sandalwood (deadwood) essential oil from Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils (DSO), who are based in Western Australia. DSO is managed by Indigenous desert nomads and the founders of Australia’s largest spicatum sandalwood plantations growers, producing the highest quality Australian Sandalwood essential oil in the world.
I was stoked to learn that DSO donates a % of their profits to fund remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia, which helps to provide employment opportunities and invest in community projects.
As you can see, Australian Sandalwood essential oil encases so many amazing benefits for your skin. In my opinion this is the new holy grail, must-have skincare ingredient. I’m so pleased to know it’s grown and sourced so close to home in a sustainable manner, and DSO gives back to Indigenous communities to help improve their quality of life.
Will you be looking out for this ingredient in your skincare?
This blog was written by Jacinta Shephard, Lifestyle Beauty Blogger, Melbourne, Australia.