For around 4000 years it has been used as an aromatherapy agent;  Queen Elizabeth-I is said to have liked her bed linen to be perfumed with it;  Indian priests regard this as a cleansing agent for sins and according to myth, God instructed King Solomon to make his furniture from it.  My favorite use of sandalwood, along with ancient Egyptians and Indians, is in cosmetics; to preserve the youth and beauty of women.

Well known for its luxurious scent, sandalwood is also a highly regarded Ayurvedic herb.  It is used not only to treat skin infections, scraps and cuts, but also as an anti-aging treatment to add glow, diminish acne and prevent wrinkles.

Back in the day, as a beauty regimen, the queens would apply a concoction made of sandalwood and turmeric root.  The sandalwood and turmeric root would be ground from its natural form into a paste, which would either be applied to the face or all over the body as a remedy for sun damage and age spots.

Since none of us have royal subjects waiting on us hand and foot to ground us this paste, I have tried and liked the following application –

You will need –

  • Sandalwood powder (you need to make sure that this is the purest form of powder)
  • Rose water (or rose oil)
  • Cream (or coconut cream)










Mix the sandalwood powder with rose water and regular or coconut cream.  Apply the mix to the face and leave it on for 30 minutes before washing it off.   Sandalwood has a drying effect on the skin, which is why it is used for treating acne.  If you already have dry skin then the cream will help balance the dryness.  Once a week of this treatment will do the trick!

Happy skin care,

-Nusrat Shariff