Birch Tar Rectified

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)


CAS No. 8001-88-5

Odour (decreasing): smoky, phenolic, leathery, sweet

Solvent: -none added

Main Synonyms: Betula alba 

See below for more description and documentation



Description and usage notes:

Strong, smoky material with a leathery quality.

Paler in colour and less bonfire-like than Cade Oil but still potent and dark brown.

Produced by destructive distillation of the twigs and leaves of Betula sp. and then rectified by steam distillation to remove most of the phenolic elements and meet the IFRA standard: crude Birch Tar should not be used in fragrances.

Arctander describes the product like this: “Rectified Birch Tar is a pale yellow to brownish yellow, clear and oily liquid, The odor description, ‘like Russian leather’, is conventional, but somewhat incorrect. Russian leather smells of birch tar because the leather is tanned with the tar products which also preserve this special type of leather. This circle of odor association is similar to the well-known: vanillin smells of chocolate!”

He goes on to talk more about the odour: “… distinctly phenolic, very penetrating and diffusive, obviously reminiscent of tar, charred wood and smoke (all of which have their odor from components of the birch tar oil!) However, the most characteristic feature in the odor pattern of birch tar oil is the sweet-oily undertone which appears distinctly on the smelling blotter when the first empyreumatic notes have faded away. These notes caught the immediate interest of perfumers long ago… ”

This material does not contain any of the 26 potential allergens that must be declared on the label under EU regulations and has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the IFRA specification standard for this material.  Please note however that it is not food grade in the EU.


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7 reviews for Birch Tar Rectified

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    lucapoier10 (verified owner)

    intense smoke with phenolic leathery aspects
    should maybe be diluted for easier dosage…

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emmanuelle (verified owner)

    Great quality ingredient! Not for mainstream fragrances but leaves an intense smoke and bark scent! Diluted at 1% is already plenty

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    eveafloriste (verified owner)

    Big time knock-your-socks-off woodsmoke. 1% dilution definitely. Works wonders with turpenic scents, and a great component for gunpowder blends.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    kamil_z381 (verified owner)

    Liquid smoke – this says it all. Imagine sitting next to a slowly burning down campfire, as the smoke starts to rise. This is the exact smell you get.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carlos Silva (verified owner)

    I find birch tar leathery at really low concentrations and even then it’s still noticeably woody/smoky. I’m smelling camp fire you’ve ever smelt in a few milliliters.


  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    hajjikram (verified owner)


    This one makes me laugh. I opened the bottle and I smelled smoke. Anyone who smells this will instantly know what it is. It brought me back to our days as children burning small fields (called veld in South Africa); smoke, warmth, sound of crackling wood and straw. This stuff is really good for creating smoky accords but it is nuclear. I diluted mine to 10% and added 1 drop to my blend and it killed everything else; I then diluted it again but to 1% and it worked wonders.

    This one will conjure up many images in peoples minds, I mean who doesn’t like a good camp fire. I only get smoke and wood but no leather; maybe my nose isn’t yet well trained.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    localjshop (verified owner)

    Very interesting scent. After experimenting with this for a bit, the next day every room I went in, people were asking me if I could smell something burning. People were literally checking if they had loose wiring. I suppose it’s gotta be used in moderation 🙂

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