Palo Santo Accord

Logocracy

Super Member
Jan 11, 2021
I'm looking to replicate the scent of burning palo santo wood, but not really sure where to start.
I found the gc-ms and attempted to recreate it: https://www.planttherapy.com/test_reports/Palo Santo PJ0100.pdf

KEY CONSTITUENTS PRESENT IN THIS BATCH OF PALO SANTO OIL %
  • LIMONENE 67.3%
  • α-TERPINEOL 9.6%
  • MENTHOFURAN 3.9%
  • CARVONE 2.9%
  • trans-CARVEOL 1.4%
  • PULEGONE 1.3%
  • A host of other chemicals below 1%
I didn't have most of these ACs.
Mine was:
  • Limolene D,
  • Alpha Terpinene
  • Indol 0.1% (for the Menthofuran)
  • Peppermint (india) EO (for the Carvone)
  • Spearmint (USA) EO (for the Puglione)
  • Birch Tar 1% (for the burning
Unsurprisingly, it didn't smell anything like Palo Santo and it sucked.
Back to the drawing board.

I have some actual Palo Santo wood, which I burn, and to me there is definitely a creamy vanillic note in the wood itself.

But does anyone have any insights into building a Palo Santo accord?
 

pkiler

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Dec 5, 2007
Well, I can certainly smell these when I out the oil on my hand:
  • LIMONENE 67.3%
  • α-TERPINEOL 9.6%
  • MENTHOFURAN 3.9%
  • CARVONE 2.9%
  • trans-CARVEOL 1.4%
  • PULEGONE 1.3%

But I have no real clue what the odor profile is when burning, though.
Does it smell woody? Burning woody?

Do you have Choya Ral or Cade? Maybe a touch of Iso E Super in there too.
Lignin in wood is vanilla like, so feel free to drop in some vanillic notes. But don't really expect them to compete with the rest of those molecules shared above, since they are pretty much topnotes, and Vanillin is a basenote.
 

Logocracy

Super Member
Jan 11, 2021
The smell of Palo santo wood has a smokey incense-camphorus, elemi-esque, sage vibe when burning.

I have cade and Iso E and will try both.

I was also thinking Valspice might be a good vanilla/smoke alternative, though I find it very difficult to use without it creating an overpowering bacon smell. Vanillin itself seems too quiet, though I did layer with Isobutavan in an attempt to get some creaminess.
 

RSG

Basenotes Junkie
Nov 26, 2016
If your valspice is difficult to use dilute it to 1%. If it is already at 1 % try a smaller amount of .01%. It's a lot like geosmin. Incredibly strong and so overpowering you can hardly tell!
 

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