The Tropical Rainforests of Southeast Asia is a crucible of biodivercity. These forests yield a large array of spices and fragrant materials that humankind has enjoyed for thousands of years. The discovery of santalum album in Indonesia / Timorese regions had been an important contributor to the global sandalwood supply over the past century, as old indian sandalwood materials start to deplete due to over harvesting and usage.
One unique feature of santalum album from Tonga/Indonesia is its scent profile when heated, bitter wispy tones that first appear and almost disappearing just as quickly to reveal a strong, creamy, vanillic sandalwood body, that often is creamier in profile than mysore woods, almost cloyingly sweet like a dessert cake. Heating is one of the best ways to enjoy Tonga sandalwood.
If made into wearables, its grain nor colour is not very exciting as compared to indian or other sandalwoods, and in the wearable format, the unheated scent is generally faint, and weak. We sourced for Tonga sandalwood logs and had them spared from the bead spinning processes, leaving them as slices or slabs that are perfect for mon-koh usage, or even affordable to use in a “sora-daki” fashion, i.e. on a heater to perfumate a room.