What the Hell Is That Smell? It's Guaiacwood

Welcome to What the Hell Is That Smell? A series where we explore ingredients used in the P.F. scents you love.

A decadent heartwood with an earthy and balsamic character that’s a popular ingredient in perfumery. Let’s dive into the origins of guaiacwood, what it smells like, and what P.F. scents contain this pleasant ingredient.

Where does it come from?

The guaiacwood we use comes from the guayacan tree or specifically Guaiacum sanctum, a flowering tree that’s responsibly grown in Paraguay and native to tropical areas in the Americas. It has medicinal properties and has been widely used historically in pharmacology in the form of resin and tonics, among others. Its wood is one of the hardest and the most resilient woods in the world, and is considered harder than oak. Its oil is sweet, woody, and milky, having a similar odor to that of sandalwood. This oil is a popular ingredient used in perfumery as its scent is calming and promotes tranquility, working great as a de-stressor.

What does it smell like?

Guaiacwood yields an oil with a warm scent and perfumers commonly use it to bind and harmonize different woody notes together. Scent notes depend on its form, but as an oil, it has a balsamic and slightly smoky scent with honeyed-sweet tones.

Where can I find it?

You can find this pleasantly woody ingredient in our newest scent joining the Classic Line, No. 36: Wild Herb Tonic. It grounds the aromatic, camphorous, and earthy notes of lemon balm, crushed thyme, orange rind, and fir for a luxe and relaxing scent experience that will elevate your atmosphere.


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