Sandalwood essential oil had always been crazy expensive. As it should be. It can take up to 60 years for a sandalwood tree to fully mature. And the tree needs to be cut for the oil extraction. I remember distinctly questioning the ever-increasing price one day with our supplier, and her answer. "I can get for you, from Laos. Much cheaper price. " And I bought it. Once. It smelled amazing. But something in me wasn't comfortable. And so I started researching about illegal logging and the black market trade in exotic forest timbers.