This high-quality oil has a rich, woody fragrance, is softening for the skin and is deeply indulgent and relaxing. Sustainably sourced, the oil is steam distilled from the wood of 15-year-old, mature sandalwood trees. Highly valued around the world, sandalwood has been used for thousands of years as incense during spiritual rituals and religious ceremonies – making it ideal to use as part of modern-day mindfulness practices.

  • Latin name: Santalum album
  • Country of origin: Sri Lanka
  • Blends beautifully with: rose and frankincense
  • Comes in a 0.34 fl.oz bottle and contains 0.08 fl.oz of oil

Works well with:

  • Rose Absolute Essential Oil
  • Frankincense Organic Essential Oil


Sustainably sourced

Because of its high value and demand, in the past Sandalwood has been exploited to the verge of extinction. After years of searching for a sustainable source, we’re delighted to have secured a limited, but sustainable, supply of Indian Sandalwood, which is renowned for its high quality. 

Growing wild in Sri Lanka, the small tropical sandalwood trees grow up to 10-15m. For every single tree they wish to extract oil from, the growers must first obtain a government licence before they can start to cut away the small branches. Once these branches have been removed, the trunk of the tree is exposed and the hardwood can be taken away to be expertly steam distilled.

During the whole process, the growers take great care to ensure that the roots of the sandalwood tree are left intact. This ensures that the tree will eventually regrow into a new tree and help to maintain a healthy population of sandalwood trees. Then, when the tree reaches maturity, they must once again apply for a government license before the process can begin again. In addition to this, the growers also the plant new trees, helping to further prevent the extinction or exploitation of the sandalwood trees.


Bath & Shower

Inhale the aromatic stream while your skin absorbs all the benefits of the oil. For adults, add up to 5 drops in 2 tbsp bath oil, shower gel, full fat milk or carrier oil. For children over 2 years old or adults with sensitive skin, reduce the amount to up to 2 drops per 2 tbsp.

Diffusers & Burners

A natural air freshener, this technique creates a relaxing ambiance and mood. For adults, add 1–3 drops in a diffuser or burner. For children over 2 years old, add 1–3 drops in a diffuser.


This technique helps to clear your head and nose. For adults, add 4–6 drops to a bowl of steaming water, pace a towel over your head and breathe. Children over 2 years old, adults with sensitive skin and asthmatics should not inhale directly. Instead, place the bowl of hot water with added oils in the room nearby.


Relaxes your body and mind while helping to ease aching muscles. For adults, use up to 15 drops in 2 tbsp of base oil. For children over 2 years old or adults with sensitive skin, use up to 6 drops in 2 tbsp of base oil.

WARNING: Do not use undiluted on the skin. For external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes. Keep out of the reach of children. Consult with your healthcare practitioner before using this product if you are pregnant. Use within 12 months of opening.
Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil

Customer Reviews

Based on 23 reviews
Decanting Issues

Many need to heat the bottle up in a jug of hot water. The fragrance comes alive once warmed. It is even better breezing out of Neal's Yards own diffuser.
Yes, these oils are expensive and so is the equipment.
I have tried the competitor's that are much cheaper and they are cheap for a reason.
I have a hypersensitive nose and taste buds.
I use no more than a drop and I use a humidifier to moisten the air.
Nothing comes close to filling my whole home on both floors.
I have spent thousands on Neal's Yard Remedies for myself and my family. My cousin ran a catalogue for them and she made quite a bit of money. I did get a few freebies and gave them away.
I am still using Neal's Yard because I haven't quite exhausted the collection.
I am putting together another order.
I think like many other reviews some people are not as sensitive to certain fragrances or they have misunderstood how to get the best out of their purchases.
I have their books too which also help to glean out the most of their products.
I am self-taught in Acupressure and Aromatherapy.
Neal's Yard Remedies are not for those that are dabbling, try their competitors instead and when you're ready to take it seriously.
Break out the champagne and congratulate yourself.

Jane G.
Sandalwood essential oil

This is one of my favourite scents. It has anti inflammatory properties and can calm rosacea when diluted. I love to add a few drops to an infuser to calm a room. Gorgeous.

Kerry B.

Very good essential oil with the great smell of sandalwood 👍🏻

A B.
Deep and calming

This oil has a very calming effect and smells really deep and powerful.
It is physically and emotionally relaxing.
Expensive but worth every penny!

art s.
slightly deceitful packaging

I noted £54 for 2.5 mls. Then the NY employee encouraged me to bring in/buy a bottle of 10ml base oil and in that dissolve "drops" of Sandalwood. When I asked "what size drops" she pretended that there is only one size drop. She asked for 1 pound per drop (of her imaginary single size). Is this even allowed by NY? And can we not speak in terms of weight, since "drop" is not a unit of measure and varies so much with viscosity? (so that someone paying 1 pound per non-viscous drop (achieved by warming by hand), pays a great deal more that someone paying the same for a viscous drop. Really NY, how is this ethical?

Liz Murray

👑👑👑💖 I didn’t realise that Sandlewood is SO incredibly precious

This wood energy is incredible 👑

Katharine E.
Nectar of the gods

I have decided to try to make a solid fragrance and have chosen Neil’s yard sandalwood as my base note.
I know this is an expensive essential oil but I have confidence that Neil’s yard will give me a good quality organic oil . I love the deeply woody smell of nature . Thank you x

I sent it to my son to put away for Christmas

I will let you know, if I remember after Christmas.
Rose-Marie Bruno