Sandalwood is a traditional wood used for malas. Sandalwood is an aromatic wood that retains its fragrance for years. The wood is integral to many rituals and ceremonies across the Eastern hemisphere including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, etc. The scent is believed to transform one's desires and maintain alertness and tranquility during meditation. These malas have 108 beads bearing religious significance in both Hindu and Buddhist belief systems. Extremely smooth to the touch and fragrant.