Associated with Mercury rather than Venus, as red sandalwood is, the fragrant wood of this tree is one of the most beloved scents in the world. It is added to funeral pyres as a sign of a respect and used in Western magic in many ways. The powder makes a great base for incense mixtures or even sachets because Mercury combines well with everything; the little granules smell good on their own. This sandalwood is much more complex and richer in scent than the typical stuff from India. Unfortunately, the price of premium white sandalwood (not Australian sandalwood) has been steadily rising as it becomes rarer. I expect this situation to continue indefinitely.
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Regular white sandalwood powder
Premium white sandalwood powder
Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:
Rites of Death