Distilled from the sacred sandalwood tree its use dates back more than 4000 years. Despite rumors to the contrary Mysore sandalwood is in no danger of extinction and is protected by the state government of India. The trees are slow-growing and only the very mature trees nearing the end of their lives are used for essential oil production. Its warm woody aroma is stimulating as well as grounding, it stimulates the pituitary gland and helps enhance one's spiritual yearnings, it is used in rituals and for meditation. It has a long reputation as an aphrodisiac, one it has long lived up to. Sandalwood is a very masculine scent with soothing and comforting qualities.