Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


CAS No. 84238-39-1

Odour (decreasing): Soft, clean version of Patchouli without the earthy, leathery and rubbery notes found in the natural oil.

Solvent: -none added

Manufacturer: Firmenich

See below for more description and documentation.



Description and usage notes:

A ‘clean’ smelling natural facsimile of patchouli oil made by Firmenich, who describe it this way: “Clearwood™ is an intense and long lasting woody note, but at the same time, light and transparent. It differs from other dark woody notes by its simplicity and cleanliness. It brings great versatility and lends itself for use in every conceivable type of product from Home Care to Fine Fragrance.” 

Technically it is a mixture of sesquiterpenes and alcohols present in patchouli oil, but produced via what Firmenich refer to as “white biotechnology” techniques, they advertise the material like this: “Created from white biotechnology, Clearwood® delivers all the rewards of modern ingredient design. Beaming with light, it offers the creamy warmth of amber and a dark woody character reminiscent of patchouli.”

Clearwood has good substantivity, lasting for up to a week on a smelling strip.  Compared with the other patchouli products available from Pell Wall is has less of the typical patchouli character than the Albert Vieille Patchouli, Light but more than the Patchouli Ultra Light or Patchouli Acetate.


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2 reviews for Clearwood

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matthias (verified owner)

    My first impression on Clearwood was modern, clean, woody, almost a fine men’s cologne on its own. I think the resemblance to Patchouli is not very strong. So if you don’t like Patchouli you still might give this a try. I think it’s an everybody’s darling and a good material for novices (like me!) in the field of perfumery. I like the combination with a citrus top note and a Timbersilk/Hedione/Galaxolide basenote.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jonathan (verified owner)

    Clean, woody, but also – to my mind/nose – an initial terpenic-citrus top-note, underpinned by the smooth, subtle patchouli-wood aspect, which comes to the fore as the top-note fades. Compared side-by-side with a (rather aged) patchouli oil, I get much less of the up-close leaf-mould dimension from Clearwood. This is still identifiably patchouli-like – definitely a ‘wet’ (as opposed to dry) woodsiness – but is if conveyed on a light breeze. You are smelling the forest floor from the tops of its trees, rather than from the forest floor itself.

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