The Sandalwood Shop is the Australian home of sandalwood. Our beauty, health and lifestyle products are inspired by sandalwood oil, the natural wellness ingredient with a warm, woody fragrance and amazing functional properties that make it ideal for skin and aroma-based applications.
Established in 1997, the Albany Distillery was known as Mt Romance and pioneered the distillation and use of Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) in the fragrance industry. Recognising its wide range of applications, Mt Romance introduced Australian sandalwood oil to the cosmetics, aromatherapy, fragrance and therapeutic markets globally, carving out a niche position for Australian sandalwood oil as natural, sustainable and healing ingredient.
In 2008, Mt Romance became a part of Quintis, the world’s largest producer of natural sandalwood products. It was at this point that Mt Romance began distilling oil from Sandalwood Album, the most premium sandalwood species. Quintis first sourced the seeds from Mysore in India in 1997 and began growing plantations of Sandalwood Album in Kununurra, Western Australia. Today, the oil is used to create the Quintis range of products available at The Sandalwood Shop and Quintis exports oil and wood to over 70 markets worldwide.
In 2020, Mt Romance became The Sandalwood Shop, with two Western Australian retail locations and online store. The manufacturing of the well-loved existing Australian and Indian sandalwood products remains in-house and the Mt Romance brand lives on as the brand of the Australian Sandalwood products.
The Sandalwood Shop and Quintis are committed to sharing the beauty of sandalwood and to being a quality, sustainable and ethical business.
At the heart of The Sandalwood Shop’s ethos, is a desire to engage in sustainable practices and support the environment that supports us.
In 2010, the installation of a water recycling system at the Albany distillation facility, has since saved over 40 million litres of water, reducing the company’s water scheme use by 80 per cent.
The process of steam distillation on site is powered using waste wood from local Albany plantations. Our computer-controlled biomass boiler optimises combustion to generate maximum energy with minimum waste, each year eliminating 65 per cent of emissions from alternative fossil fuel powered steam generation. The resulting potash is also repurposed as soil-rebalancing mulch.
In the northern Australian Sandalwood Album plantations, the company has partnered with conservation groups to limit environmental impact on native fauna which has seen the plantations become home to more than 100 species of birds and wildlife.
We look forward to expanding on these environmentally friendly initiatives with a further conscious approach to our retail product packaging in the near future. For more info on sustainable initiatives, visit the Quintis website.