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 11 reviews
Absolute favorite!

Beautiful oil that I am cherishing. My favorite way to use NYR sandalwood is in a carrier oil, applied to my wrists. It lasts longer this way than just going into the diffuser and up in the air. The aroma is sweet, grounding, and comforting. Love that it is the end product of an important sustainablility project.

Advice to buyers

The complain about lack of scent. Sometimes we can not sense a scent but the others do- it had happened to me few times with various oils/perfumes so I am aware of it. Instead of panicking, it is worth asking friends and other people around how do they like the smell. I was never able to smell much of one particular perfume but I liked the scent so I would be piling it up many times a day as I would only sense it for few minutes if I spray A LOT. But everyone else were able to smell it and had to really suffer my overpowering perfume. So it may be possibility. And also about the price. I have that book which says what oil is more and what one is less costly. It really helps me to realize what is what. NYR products are not diluted and of high quality and that may affect the price.

Stand alone quality

Beautiful scent. A luxury buy but the quality is clear. The sandalwood is super sweet and vanillary with rich woody notes. I'm in love with this and using it feels like you're spending gold in a lovely way. I bought this as gift for my mum and she loves it. It barely needs blending with any other oils because of its stand alone gloriousness. The fact that it's sustainably sourced is a mega added bonus and I challenge anyone to find a better quality sandalwood out there.

Organic Sandalwood

It would help to tell us how many drops you get. I estimate 20 drops at the most. Put 3 in the Bamboo diffuser and most of the oil has gone. Wonderful aroma though and the diffuser looks good...**UPDATE FROM NYR** Further to our response on 28.11.17, after more conversations with our aromatherapists, we’d like to correct our original advice. As a general rule, there are about 20 drops per 1ml of essential oil, not 10, which means that there would be roughly 50 drops per 2.5ml. However, this does vary depending on the oil, and, because sandalwood is quite a viscous oil, the overall number of drops will be less.

Shockingly expensive & not honest about the contents.

Like other reviewers I was utterly stunned when I opened my bottle of Sandalwood last night. I bought this last year and have kept it in the box in a press away from light. I bought it as I had had a number of pneumonia & heard that it was good for this. I kept it because I didn't quite need it at the time. So when I opened it and it was less than 1/3 full I thought perhaps it had evaporated. I had no idea that there were 2.5ml in the 10ml bottle because it is not made clear anywhere on the bottle or the outside carton- perhaps by way of a sticker - that this is the case. I find it absolutely outrageous that this is the case. I ordered via my aromatherapist so needless to say I did not see the website. I paid about €60 for the 2.5ml & to say that I feel ripped off is an understatement. Other equally reputable companies are not charging anything like this price. AND when the bottles get down to 2.5ml it's almost impossible to get the oil out so I had no chance of getting it out without removing the seal. It is just very underhanded & dishonest to sell this way. Had the carton stated it was 2.5ml in a 10ml bottle I would have returned it for a refund. I am appalled and have just placed my next orders with Do Terra & Tisserand...

Shocked at excessive price for only 2.5ml

My husband was sold this in the Exeter Shop - he wasn't even told it was only 2.5mls or he wouldn't have bought it!!!! The price is excessive even compare to other very high quality suppliers, over twice the price. Unfortunately my husband who's carer for 5 disabled family members and was on a very short carer break and is under a grest deal of stress, so he just didn't think to question as it looked like a 10ml bottle of oil. And from Australia, not Indiia!!! Its even more expensive than Rose Otto. I was a professional Aromatherapist for many years so I am aware of the price if oils but this is shocking! But even more so is the lack of verbal information, not what I would expect from Neal's Yard...

Where's the smell??

Really, really disappointed with this oil. I'm training to be an aromatherapist and this was a considered purchase for me. I knew there was only a small amount of oil in the bottle, so no surprise there. 'My disappointment comes from not being able to smell anything! Seriously... no smell at all. I bought this off a friend who has started selling NYR so didn't want to moan to her, but quite frankly, it's rubbish. Any suggestions, Neals Yard?? Could I have got a dodgy bottle?...Response from NYR on 07.03.18 'Thank you for your review, and I’m sorry to hear that you are disappointed with the scent. Our Sandalwood has a rich and woody aroma. Please do contact your NYR Consultant and they can happily arrange a return for you.'


As with other reviewers could not believe how little is in the bottle!! In one response you say the 2.5ml is 50 drops and then in the next you say it is 25 drops. It is also so viscous as to be virtually impossible to dispense. Feeling disappointed!!...

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