Description and usage notes:
Piconia is an extremely versatile material, commonly used as an extender for patchouli and vetiver, but also effective in contributing an ambery quality to fragrances. This IFF manufactured material has BHT added as a stabiliser by them.
The material has both top-note and base-note effects and contributes vitality to perfume compositions.
Arcadi Boix Camps described this material, in 1978, as “strong fresh and radiant … of immense olfactory value” and says it is “absolutely necessary in the perfumer’s choice of materials”
Ed Shepp gives this description on his Scent Spectacular blog: “I expected it to smell kinda patchouline (I don’t think that’s a word, but I like the way it sounds), and it does, a bit. It smells very dry, earthy, woody with patchouli, tobacco (dry, unflavored tobacco; not that rich, sweet, heavy, almost fruity, hay tone of tobacco absolute), vetiver and amber angles. It reminds me a bit of Kephalis–its earthy, tobacco, dry quality. It also reminds me a bit in the beginning of methyl cedryl ketone. It’s got a great dry woody character, … I would love to try it with tobacco absolute, which is one of my favorite smells ever.”