Sandalwood India Gold Super Premium CO2

Special Note: Adam Michael here, as I type it is 12.20am on the 25th April 2020. Exactly 4 months ago I introduced this masterpiece artisan material (below) and now the final bottles have sold. I would never usually add such additional notes, but this was a truly remarkable material, a genuine work of aromatic art of the very highest order, the type of sandalwood few ever get to experience in this day and age. To those lucky enough to have purchased I sincerely hope this material will be treasured and enjoyed for many years to come. Compliments to the artisan producer.

Adam Michael has this to say “I am immensely proud of this Indian sandalwood CO2, this is without hesitation, benchmark of excellence, modern day holy grail material. Artisan oud vendors of whom dabble in sandalwood would be proud of this among their offering, it is that fantastic. Apply a swipe of this on your skin and your immediate environment is all heavenly, joyous, mighty god like of old sandalwood for 7 hours plus. On the strip this is 20 days plus and this is both alcohol and oil soluble. This is like smelling a batch of e.o from the mid-eighties, it truly has an incredibly aged character vibe about it.

I have been evaluating possible new suppliers for Indian sandalwood since the summer of 2019. As soon as I encountered this batch, I jumped on it. This is my signature piece sandalwood oil, thus the Gold Super Premium tag.

Now, sandalwood oils, being a base note, can be quite slow to get up and running, and are usually, not always, but usually, a somewhat close to the skin and intimate affair throughout when used as a standalone material. More so now as the standards of what is deemed as good sandalwood has fallen off a cliff in recent years and the material from Australia produced S.album logs is decades away from ever being anything remotely as satisfying on the senses as the age gone by Indian produced material.

This sandalwood thankfully is instantaneous gratification, an aromatic body that is mature, fulsome, a full throttle high octane pleasure ride if you will. A stand out feature of this material is that for a naturals sandalwood oil, it is incredibly bright and toppy, yes toppy, rich, warm, voluptuous, smooth sandalwood notes throughout. Powdered facets that have the most delicate of spice traces and of which cumulate in a marriage made in heaven with the smooth warm woody heartwood character. And creamy aspects that are entwined with delicate trace vanilla scented playdoh qualities. Honestly this is simply an outstanding bottle of sandalwood oil, the best I have ever been able to obtain in my so far 14 years at Hermitage Oils. Subject to volume, golden yellow to brick red in colour, and thick, resinous gloopy in appearance. Produced from plantation Indian S.album logs and purchased directly in this instance from the producer.

Uses, personally this is a perfume in its own right and I feel it is a true shame to add anything to this material. However if you are creating a sandalwood base, and want to keep it all natural, and want power in the top through to base, then this is a 100% no hesitation purchase. My last naturals release of 2019 (25/12/19) and arguably the best natural aromatic of 2019 from Hermitage Oils.”

The 1 gram weight is provided in a clear glass vial with a swipe stick screw cap, and hand written label. 5 gram and 10 gram weights are provided in amber glass bottles with dropper inserts and screw cap. 50 gram weight is provided in a lacquered aluminium canister, plug and screw cap.

Botanical Name: Santalum album

Origin: India

Wild/Plantation: Plantation

Santalols Content: 71%