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COSMOS Certified and COSMOS Approved for Natural and Organic Beauty

In the ever-evolving world of beauty and personal care products, the demand for organic and natural alternatives has grown significantly. Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of what they put on their skin, and they are seeking products that are not only effective but also environmentally responsible and sustainable. This is where the COSMOS standard comes into play, setting a gold standard for both COSMOS Certified and COSMOS Approved ingredients. In this blog, we'll explore the significance of COSMOS certification, its relationship with natural organic products, and its role in corporate synthetics and pesticide residues.

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Menopause: The New Space for Wellness Brands

Dive into the trend that wellness brands can't ignore in our latest blog, "Menopause: The New Space for Wellness Brands." Uncover the transformative journey of menopause and why it's becoming a focal point for brands. Learn how Indian sandalwood plays a vital role in this trending space, offering skincare solutions that reduce signs of aging, calm the mind, and promote overall well-being. Don't miss the wave – explore the radiant side of menopause here!

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"About Time We Met": A Year of Sandalwood Skincare Success

"About Time We Met," our groundbreaking sandalwood wellbeing skincare range celebrates its one-year anniversary this month. This gender-neutral, science-led range has taken the beauty world by storm, already amassing over 550 reviews with an impressive 4.8-star average rating. Clinical studies confirm its efficacy and users rave about the calming effects on the mind and transformative impact on skin health. About Time We Met stands as a pioneer, aligning with conscious consumers seeking a holistic approach. More than just skincare, it's a testament to the transformative power of Indian sandalwood. Join the wave of beauty transformation—click here to discover why the beauty world has fallen in love with Indian sandalwood.

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Indian Sandalwood: Nature’s Answer to Seasonal Beauty

As we all experience the ever-changing seasons, so too does our skin and mood. "Seasonal Beauty" offers a unique approach to personal care, tailoring beauty rituals to suit each season's unique demands. Learn how Indian sandalwood, with its versatile and adaptable properties, is nature's solution for all-season skincare. In addition to its active skincare benefits, Indian sandalwood serves as both a mood enhancer and a relaxation aid, rendering it an ideal selection for fragrances that can affect your mood.

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Keeping up with Gen Z: An Unlikely Luxury Leader

This article delves into how millennials and Gen Z are transforming the luxury market with their unique values and spending habits. Gen Z, in particular, is expected to have a significant impact, driving rapid growth in luxury spending. They are reshaping luxury by emphasizing inclusivity, self-expression, and sustainability, challenging traditional gender norms in fashion and fragrance. The article also spotlights sandalwood as a natural and unisex scent that aligns with Gen Z's preferences for inclusive, expressive, and sustainable fragrance choices.

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Creative Ways to Incorporate Indian Sandalwood into Your Product Line

Discover creative ways to incorporate Indian sandalwood into your product lines. From how to use it as a base note for fragrances to adding it to skincare products for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Find interesting facts about its history and benefits, making it a valuable resource for those interested in natural ingredients. Expand your knowledge and product offerings in the beauty and skincare industry.

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Complementing natural and man-made: A sandalwood case study

The beauty and fragrance industries are increasingly focused on sustainability, traceability and the efficacy of ingredients, rather than whether they are natural or synthetic. Natural ingredients and lab-made innovation can work hand-in-hand to create customised cosmetic formulations and fragrances. While natural oils provide the subtle specialty nuances to a fragrance, synthetic oils can reproduce the general aroma signature of a natural ingredient.

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Is the Era of ‘Signature Scent’ Over?

Gen Z's approach to fragrance has triggered a new trend in the beauty industry: Scent Wardrobing. This trend means building a collection of multiple fragrances to be paired with the user's daily mood, lifestyle, and aesthetic instead of having a single "signature scent." This younger generation's preference for individuality, and experimentation with a diverse collection of fragrances, has led to the emergence of new indie brands and ingredients that have a positive impact on the environment, such as Indian Sandalwood, are becoming a focus.

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Is Ayurveda the Next Big Thing in Skincare?

It seems everyone wants a piece of the global skincare market. From the US to the far east, traditional players and upstart indie brands wrestle for a cut of the most profitable cosmetic product category, one projected to generate roughly 177 billion US dollars a year by 2025. The competitive intensity of the market means that a great product, on its own, isn’t enough to achieve cut through. Brands need intention, a story, and a niche with international potential – something the rising phenomenon of Ayruvedic skincare can provide.

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Tasting with our Nose: Culinary Fragrance with Sandalwood

A burgeoning trend that intersects flavour and fragrance, culinary fragrance is characterized as an edible fragrance to enhance the flavour of a food or beverage, while transforming the act of consuming food into a self-care ritual. As consumers navigate a post-pandemic routine rooted in healthy indulgences and cooking at home, brands are developing or repositioning products that highlight the fundamental intersection between smell and taste.

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Building Clean Merit: How Greenwashing Impacts Cosmetics and Aromatherapy Today

Today, we’re offered countless products that are developed with both environment and consumer in mind. It’s a noble pursuit for brands to shift away from harming the environment and reaching consumers who share the same values in their own personal lifestyles. However, with the rise of more eco-friendly ingredients and products, greenwashing has evolved into a problematic movement by companies who mislead consumers with false claims at an attempt to capitalize on these products.

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Sandalwood, Incense & Sustainability

Using zero-waste fragrance is emerging as an important layer in our homes, allowing us to enjoy spaces that improve mood, relieve anxiety, and increase alertness. Like in Japan, where Kodo, the art of appreciating Japanese incense, is practised, scent contributes to the overall design of a space. As important as choosing the right paint or furniture for your home, discovering the perfect olfactory profile unlocks a sensory experience that is not only ambient and healthy but planet friendly too.

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From Seed to Oil: Authenticating Indian Sandalwood

Adulteration is a common practice in the essential oil business due to stiff competition and limited supply of high-quality oils, especially those sourced from the wild. Indian sandalwood in particular, is a globally recognised ingredient with an exceptionally high demand. A lack of traceability creates a more muddled outlook of provenance and production methods which unfortunately results in an estimated 90% of Indian sandalwood being illegally harvested and adulterated.

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Turning Indian Sandalwood Waste to Incense: Upcycling a Precious Ingredient

Spent charge, also known as sandalwood residue, is the exhausted biomass created during the oil distillation process when obtaining sandalwood oil. Instead of disposing of the exhausted biomass, ongoing research and innovation by Quintis has unlocked the potential for grouping this as spent charge. By re-purposing it to create incense products, Quintis has been able to reduce waste and, more than that, continued to add value to sandalwood operations.

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How Two Perfumers Reimagined Sustainable Sandalwood

Finding inspiration as a perfumer is a perpetual journey of navigating between one’s imagination and their surrounding environment. Whether it’s from writing, music, or even the soil from which a raw material grows, the perfumers’ creative well is an ongoing exploration between the materials and the nose—as was the process for the winners of the Sandalwood Reimagined competition, Jennifer Jambon and Fanny Ginolin. Interviewing the two finalists for the Sandalwood Reimagined competition was a clear reminder of the perfumers’ endless canvas of inspiration where any medium is subject to spark insight into a new olfactory story.

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Judging the Art of Perfumery: Sandalwood Reimagined Competition

Quintis and the American Society of Perfumers came together to run a fragrance contest in which more than 250 perfumers from across the globe tested their creativity and craft, inspired by our muse, Indian sandalwood (S.album). These submissions are being judged under rigorous conditions by a panel of esteemed judges from the ASP. Find insights into our judges, their history with sandalwood and how they will determine the winners of the Sandalwood Reimagined contest.

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Ancient Healing Tools: Health Benefits of Sandalwood Aromatherapy

Across cultures and time, sandalwood oil has been used to soothe the mind, body, and spirit, identified in many ancient medical systems. Its reputation for healing, and for its ability to neutralise stress, has complimented its illustrious fragrance reputation, making it the perfect addition to the soothing and healing world of aromatherapy. But how has this industry been shaped over time and what are the benefits of sandalwood in this well known, healing industry?

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Sandalwood, a keystone of future classics in fragrance

The new millennium has been the beginning of a renaissance in perfumery with new brands rapidly emerging, and niche fragrances flourishing. As their numbers increased, department stores rejoiced since sales declined after the rise of discount stores and grey market e-tailers that offered the same fragrances at lower prices. Emerging niche brands were attractive for their uniqueness, authenticity and craftsmanship. But how has the conversation shifted around the use of sandalwood and how are modern fragrance brands embracing this wildly popular ingredient since more sustainable sources have become available? Clayton Ilolahia discusses the use of sandalwood as a keystone in the future classics of the fragrance industry and how sandalwood has once again become an ingredient of choice.

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Every Drop Counts

For nearly 30 years, March 22nd has been synonymous with World Water Day, celebrating water and raising awareness of the global water crisis. Across the agriculture and forestry industries, water is key to our successes and for us, is a precious and valued resource. It sustains our plantations and the delicate ecosystems that exist within them, but what are some innovations and initiatives that have been adopted across our industry and our clients' industries that help support a positive future for water, for all?

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Sandalwood and the birth of modern perfumery

The shaping of sandalwood's place in the fragrance world has spanned decades, morphing through revolutions and mesmerising perfume trailblazers. With new expressions happening in art, fashion, literature and music, sandalwood started its rise to popularity. But what are the perfumes that cemented its reign over some of the most coveted fragrances over the past century? We take a look at the influence and the prestige of this mighty ingredient in our celebration of International Fragrance Day 2021.

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Cultivating a Wellness Legacy with Indian and Australian Sandalwood

Ancient, healing and rare. Out of the 15 varieties of sandalwood, Australian and Indian sandalwood share the same vignettes. Once you smell sandalwood, you experience the same scent that our ancestors would have smelled centuries ago. Time ceases to exist – when we work with sandalwood’s oil or wood, we’re calling upon our past and inviting them to our present. As two of the most coveted varieties, Indian sandalwood (Santalum album) and Australian sandalwood (Santalum spicatum or Fusanus spicatus) are distinct in use and scent, yet both are grown on Australian soil today. 

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Sovereign Wisdom: Indigenous Plant Medicine

Australia, home to over 24,000 species of native plants and understood by Aboriginal peoples and their incredible knowledge of native flora and fauna. This knowledge, passed down through story and learnings, has informed many traditional medicine practices of Aboriginal peoples, some of which has transcended into modern uses. Find out how Traditional Owner, Carol Pettersen, grew up learning about the uses of the land and how to treat many common ailments with natural remedies, and why tradition is crucial for the future.

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The Functional Beauty of Sandalwood

As an inimitable scent used for centuries, natural sandalwood is more than just a pretty smell. Though its scent is a main selling point in fragranced products, its powerful role as an active beauty ingredient is only scratching the surface of what it can truly offer as a single ingredient, or as a complement to other skincare ingredients. Find out how sandalwood is bridging the gap between 'trend' and 'function', to bring a new meaning to 'functional fragrance'.

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An Ageless Beauty Ingredient

The term “ageless” has been on product labels for a while now, replacing ageist descriptions such as “anti-aging,” “youth,” and even “restorative.” It’s inevitable: our skin is going to change as we get older. Ageless beauty is about choosing products with ingredients that offer us the best benefits at every age, and as the rise of social media reflects the importance of these trends, we start to understand how sandalwood - and its benefits - intersects the beauty sphere.

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Natural, Simple and Responsible

It’s safe to say naturals are the original muse of the fragrance industry—and the muse for synthetics. Without naturals, we would be unable to synthesize botanicals to formulate into commercial products we use every day. Synthetics certainly have their place in fragrance and cosmetics, but when it comes to the clean beauty and wellness industries, naturals reign supreme. Find out how naturals will never be replaced by synthetics, as written by Deniz Ataman.

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