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Product: Sandalwood, Red, Powder
Latin Name: Pterocarpus santalinus
Plant Family: Fabaceae
Other Names: Rubywood, Red Saunders, Red Saunderswood, Almug, Algum, Red Santal Wood, Rakta Chandana, Chandan, Lalchandan, Zitan, Sándalo Rojo, Bois de Santal Rouge & Sappan.
Description: Red sandalwood is a deciduous tree native of South India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines which grows to a height of 8-10 metres. The alternate, trifoliate leaves are 3-9cm in length, glossy, dark green in colour with 3 leaflets that are elliptical with fine hairs on the underside. The bright yellow flowers are produced in short terminal racemes or panicles.
SUGGESTED USERed sandalwood can be used as a dye and gives red-browns to purplish browns colours to silk, cotton and wool dependant on the mordant used. It was once used by apothecaries to colour medicines such as tinctures, and it is also used as an aromatic component in incense making. The powder is used to make cosmetic preparations for acne, in soaps and in skin care products and as a base for incense cones.
SHELF LIFEShelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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