The essential oil of sandalwood is extracted through steam distillation of pieces of wood from matured Sandalwood trees which are 40-80 years old, although 80 years is preferred. Traditionally, sandalwood oil has been a part of religious traditions in India and other Eastern countries. The sandalwood tree itself is considered holy and used for various religious ceremonies, including decorating for weddings or for the birth of a baby. Sandalwood oil is composed of two primary molecules, alpha- and beta-santalol. It is also high in antioxidants that can help reduce damage caused by free radicals, which promote aging. Sandalwood Oil soothes the skin, relieves it from inflammation and irritation, cures infections and keeps you feeling fresh and cool. It is one our our hero ingredient in the Rosehip & Sandalwood Dry Skin Rejuvenating Face & Body Cream.