Guaiac (Bulnesia sarmientoi) also known as guaiac wood or guaiacum, is used in perfumery for its unique and distinctive scent. It is native to the dry forests and savannas of northern Argentina and Paraguay. It is a species of flowering plant in the Zygophyllaceae family and is valued for the aromatic properties of its wood, which is used to produce essential oil for various purposes. Ours is sourced from various countries.
Guaiac wood has a complex and rich aroma with smoky, woody, and balsamic notes. It is often described as having a resinous, incense-like quality with hints of spice and a subtle floral undertone. The scent of guaiac wood is warm, comforting, and earthy.
Guaiac is a Base note in our Smoky family. It provides depth, warmth, and longevity to fragrance compositions. It is often used in combination with other woody or resinous ingredients to create complex and sophisticated scents.
Guaiac has natural fixative properties, which means it helps to stabilize and prolong the scent of other fragrance ingredients. It enhances the overall longevity and sillage (the trail left by a fragrance) of a perfume.
Guaiac wood has a long history of use in traditional medicine and rituals. In some cultures, it is believed to possess healing and purifying properties. Historically, guaiac wood was used to produce a resin known as "holy wood," which was burned as incense for spiritual and cleansing purposes.
Overall, guaiac brings a distinct and sophisticated character to perfumes, adding depth, warmth, and a touch of mystery to the scent composition. Its unique aroma has made it a valuable ingredient in perfumery, contributing to the creation of complex and captivating fragrances.
Guaiac wood has a long history of use in traditional medicine, particularly in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and parts of Africa. It is believed to possess healing properties and is used to treat various ailments, including respiratory conditions, arthritis, and digestive issues. In some cultures, guaiac wood is also considered an aphrodisiac and used to enhance libido.
In certain indigenous cultures, guaiac wood is used in spiritual rituals and ceremonies. It is believed to have purifying and protective qualities, and its smoke is used to cleanse spaces, objects, and individuals. Guaiac wood is often burned as incense or used in the form of sacred smoke during these rituals.
In folklore and cultural symbolism, guaiac wood is associated with strength, protection, and grounding. It is often regarded as a symbol of resilience and endurance. Some believe that guaiac wood has the power to ward off negative energies and bring balance and harmony to one's life.
Guaiac wood holds historical significance as it was highly valued during the 16th and 17th centuries. It was considered a prized commodity due to its medicinal properties, and its resin was used in the production of varnishes, inks, and perfumes. Guaiac wood was also associated with the legend of the "Holy Wood" or "Wood of Life," believed to possess miraculous healing properties.
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Please note this product format is a small vial that contains roughly 20 drops of scent concentrate. This can be purchased à la carte but is intended to be used with our Perfume Kit.
Latin Name: Bulnesia Sarmienti
Extraction Method: Isolate
Country of Origin: Varies
We are a natural perfumer; all of the scents in our library are derived from plants.
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