Sandalwood paste is an integral part of Indian culture. Sandalwood paste is called Chandanam or Gandham in India. Indian women from time immemorial used sandalwood paste to beautify their skin. They decorate their face with smearing of sandalwood.
Oh, Sandalwood. True Indian Sandalwood is as precious as it is rare, but this rich, deep and warm oil is one of my favorites. Thankfully the trees are being harvested in other places (and sometimes other species) to make up for the dwindling supply.