Sandalwood oil

Learn about sandalwood oil.

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About sandalwood oil

Sandalwood oil is extracted from some species of sandalwood trees. It is used as a fragrance in self-care products and cleaning products, as an essential oil in aromatherapy and as an ingredient in some pesticides and acne medications.

Sandalwood oil can be found in products, such as:

It may also be used as a flavouring agent in foods.

Safety of sandalwood oil

Under Canada's Chemicals Management Plan, we review and manage the potential risks that chemical substances can pose to Canadians and the environment. The first stage of the review process is a draft chemical risk assessment.

The health effects from the daily use of these products may include:

The draft assessment is also proposing that sandalwood oil:

What we're doing

To reduce Canadians' exposure to sandalwood oil in these products of concern, we're proposing to add sandalwood to the:

What you can do

Consumers are reminded to:

If you're exposed to sandalwood oil at work, talk to your employer and occupational health and safety (OHS) official about:

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