Description and usage notes:
Syringol is one of the extremely powerful materials, not quite as potent as some of the pyrazines, but nevertheless not to be underestimated. In pure form it is a white or greyish solid requiring very careful handling. It is probably more widely used in flavour work than in fragrance, where it is reported to be the most important element in the creation of smoke flavourings.
At 1% in TEC it has a pleasant, soft smoky quality of odour that is useful for rounding out smoky or incense accords as well as adding realism to oakmoss replacers and to certain gourmand types. It is essential in recreating the scent of woodsmoke.
According to Arctander the odour is: “Woody-medicinal, rather dry odor of considerable tenacity.” He goes on to suggest that it may be used in traces in recreating certain woods, “complex notes such as oakmoss” or used directly in Fougères.