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Sandalwood (S. illipticum) – Hawaii

In 2006, the U.S.-based company Leffingwell and Associates published a study in the journal Chemistry Today regarding how the chemistry of sandalwood contributes to its rich fragrance. Research was conducted on key chiral odorants that constitute the scents of precious woods, including sandalwood, in order to have a better understanding of the chemistry behind these resources. This study has the potential to help in the creation of synthetic substitutes for sandalwood and other essential oils, which could help relieve some of the pressure on the world’s struggling sandalwood resources.

Link: Leffingwell, http://www.leffingwell.com/leffingwell_woods.pdf, 2006

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