Tuesday, March 09, 2004

A passion for sandalwood

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Sandalwood is my favorite fragrance. It is typically used as a base note in a perfume blend.

Sandalwood is a slow-growing tree. The June/July 2003 issue of Real Simple featured the story of Michelle Rose, a former flight attendant who is trying to bring back sandalwood to Hawaii. The first partial sandalwood harvest won't be until 2028, and the first full sandalwood harvest won't be until 2053.

I'm not big on wearing perfume, but my first "signature" scent was the single-note Sandalwood perfume from Floris of London. Now I like Annick Goutal's Heure Exquise, a blend of "Turkish rose, a gentle powdery base of iris from Florence and Mysore sandalwood."

Annick Goutal Heure Exquise Eau de Toilette

Here are other sandalwood-fragranced products worth noting:

Mysore Sandal soap- the original. A guest size bar will fragrance the entire bathroom.

Splash Bath & Body Gold Rush soap - a unique blend of lemon, cinammon, and sandalwood. Regrettably, I don't see it among Splash's current products.

Ohm by Olay Sandalwood & Chamomile Body Wash - this is a mildly fragranced moisturizing body wash, which comes in a light blue color.