'Iliahi (Sandalwood) with Tahitian pearls necklace
Sandalwood has been used for thousands of years to calm the mind and nervous system relieving anxiety, reduce signs of aging and skin inflammation and aids in better quality sleep. It has spiritual significance and is said to bring devotees closer to god, and acts as a fixative in fragrances, ensuring they last longer on the skin. It's benefits are realised upon inhalation of the sweet woody fragrance or when absorbed through the skin.
Sandalwood is a class of trees in the genus Santalum and is one of the most expensive trees in the world. There are several varieties of this sandalwood available all over the world. However, Hawaii is home to several endemic species of sandalwood.
The main difference between Hawaiian sandalwood and sandalwood is that Hawaiian sandalwood smells sweeter than most other sandalwood varieties.
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