"Sandalwood is such a special scent to me. I had a chess set carved of it in my youth that thrilled me every time I opened the box. Muhuhu is a very similar scent--so warm and earthy."
Ken Gilberg, Kirkwood, MO
We’ve recently discovered muhuhu essential oil. It's wonderfully fragrant. It's commonly known as African sandalwood because it smells quite similar to Indian sandalwood. Muhuhu smells woody, sweet and faintly floral.
We get lots of requests for a sandalwood soap but genuine essential oil of sandalwood is extremely expensive. If you find something called sandalwood soap, we’ll bet it’s made with synthetic fragrance. Sandalwood, like rosewood, is endangered. We do not use essential oils from endangered species. We consulted the Missouri Botanical Garden and received the okay to use muhuhu. “It’s near threatened but it’s easy to raise. Not endangered at this point,” a researcher told us. (We also learned the proper binomial of muhuhu is Brachylaena huillensis, rather than the B. hutchinsii one sees on many websites.)
Muhuhu essential oil is nonethless rare. We could have diluted it with less costly essential oils, but we want you to enjoy the pure scent of the muhuhu.
Africans use muhuhu for its antimicrobial and aphrodisiac properties. However, little is known of this oil, so we cannot recommend it for use by pregnant women, infants or children.