Perfume: Molecules

What is Coumarin?

Coumarin is an organic compound that belongs to the benzopyrone family. It is found in various plants, including tonka beans, sweet clover, and cassia cinnamon. Coumarin can be best smelled in Tonka beans, where the molecule makes up more then half of the molecules and dominates the scent of tonka beans. In the perfume pyramid …

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What is Vanillin?

Vanilla is a universally loved flavor and fragrance that has been around for centuries. Its sweet, warm, and comforting aroma has made it a popular ingredient in perfumes, candles, and food products. At the heart of vanilla’s fragrance lies vanillin, a compound that gives vanilla its distinctive aroma. Often people don’t know how vanilla smells, …

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What is Ambroxan?

Ambroxan is a synthetic fragrance ingredient that belongs to the ambergris family. Ambergris is a solid, waxy substance that is found floating in the ocean or washed up on beaches. It is believed to be a byproduct of the sperm whale’s digestive system and has been used in perfumery for centuries. However, the use of …

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Hedione

In the world of perfumery, there are certain fragrance molecules that are celebrated for their unique properties and versatility. One such molecule is Hedione, a synthetic compound that was first developed in the 1960s by the fragrance house Firmenich. Today, Hedione is an essential ingredient in many popular fragrances, thanks to its ability to enhance …

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