A red colorant obtained from sandalwood (Pterocarpus santalinum) and barwood (Baphia nitida). Santalin has been traditionally used for many centuries as a dye for hair, skin, and textiles.
Synonyms and Related Terms
santalic acid; santalin A (9,10,12-tri-omethylsantalin); santalin B (9,10,12,4'-tetra-omethylsantalin)
Physical and Chemical Properties
- Insoluble in water. Soluble in ether (yellow) and in alcohol (blood-red); also soluble in acetic acid and alkalis.
- CAS = 1397-70-2
Resources and Citations
- John Uri Lloyd, King's American Dispensary (first published in 1854)