The Healing Power of Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood

You may have heard of Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood before, or be familiar with the tall, vast trees that are native to Hawai’i, and Hawai’i only. But, chances are, you haven’t used Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood oil on your skin. At least not yet. It is best known for its calming and relaxing aromatherapeutic benefits, and its skin healing anti-inflammatory properties. When our founder, Jasmine, set out to create Kūlia, she knew she had to include this special ingredient from the island she grew up on.

The Sandalwood Tree
Hawai’i has six unique sandalwood species that don’t exist anywhere else in the world. Hawaiians call these trees ‘ilahi and you can find Hawai’i’s largest grove of sandalwoods on the slopes of Mauna Loa on the Big Island. There, you can view Santalum paniculatum, the green-flowered species that can grow up to 50 feet tall with 30-foot long canopies. But it’s not just their rare and awe-inspiring attributes that make them so special.

Why Sandalwood in Skincare?
The main chemical component, santalol, gives Hawaiian Sandalwood oil its grounding and uplifting properties. This oil is commonly used for its aromatic benefits that have been proven to enhance mood, lessen tension, and promote overall well-being. It’s composed of natural chemicals that help ground emotions, and it is frequently used in meditation for this reason. Hawaiian sandalwood essential oil is prized for its ability to smooth skin and improve overall skin health. Thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, it is also well-known for reducing scars and blemishes.

A More Sustainable Way
Since the Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood species is an endangered species, our oil is harvested only from dead or dying sandalwood through the Kona Sandalwood Reforestation Project. This method helps to preserve the ecological balance while maintaining respect for the land and the species. Plus, at the end of the sandalwood’s life is also when the highest percentage of oil happens to be present. In 2019 alone, with an 85% survival rate, 10,000 new keikis (starts) were planted to ensure the safety and longevity of this precious species.

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