Light, smooth, not dry, unctuous with oil like butter, pleasant in smell, penetrating the skin, unobtrusive, not losing colour,  capable of bearing heat, allaying heat and pleasant to touch - Kautilya’s Arthashastra on sandalwood. 

The practice of applying sandalwood paste designs (common in ancient India -pic 1 of Simi in Siddhartha) survives in India as caste marks (as in Manipur) and part of bridal decoration. Similar marks are seen in Myanmar (thanaka is a paste similar to sandalwood paste) and Madagascar

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