Calm is called for. Break out the sandalwood! One of the oldest incense materials, Sandalwood has been used for over four millennia. Sandalwood is a very important ingredient in Japanese incense, in both traditional and modern formulas. Today, the Mysore forests are virtually depleted and the remaining trees too immature to produce quality Sandalwood or Sandalwood oil. As the tree grows, the essential oil develops in the roots and heartwood, which requires 15 to 20 years. The core of dark heartwood gradually develops, which is covered by outer sapwood. The sandalwood tree is never felled, but uprooted in the rainy season, when the roots are richer in the precious essential oil. It is our belief that the highest quality Sandalwood is coming out of Tamil Nadu where more mature trees can be found, and that is what we use for Demeter's Sandalwood cologne.