The fragrance of sandalwood is nearly unsurpassed maybe that's because it adds a spiritual quality to all who wear it. These malas are very fragant.
Sandalwood is the second most expensive wood in the world. It has been over-harvested in India. To alleviate the problem vast forests were planted in western Australia. Most sandalwood comes from there.
The tassels are too long to wear on your wrist after you've done your mantras on 108 beads. Best worn as a necklace or laying coiled up on your altar.