Description and usage notes:
Floral, rose, apple, fruity and blackcurrant; this rose ketone is one of the best radiants and effective in traces typically used from 0.01% up to .2% of the fragrance formula.
Essential in rose recreations and widely used in fruity compositions this versatile material is also effecitive in aldehydic, herbal citrus and even oriental fragrances. Note that the IFRA restriction applies to all rose ketones combined.
Description from Firmenich: “Odor: Very diffusive and distinctive floral fruity note. DAMASCONE ALPHA is a very complex odour of rose, apple, blackcurrant and mint with a rich plum undertone
Use: DAMASCONE ALPHA is normally used to give unique effects. Excellent results can be obtained with aldehydic, floral, woody, herbal, citrus and fruity notes.”
Arcadi Boix Camps
writes extensively about alpha-Damascone, from the first mention in 1978 when it was a little known captive material; here is an extract from 2009: “This is a very complex product. It smells floral, but less floral-rosy than beta-damascone. It is also fruity-plum, apple and green – with a camphoraceous nuance. I like to mix this ketone with muguet and cyclamen chemicals such as Lilial, nerolidyl acetate, dimethyl benzyl carbinyl acetate, crotonate, isobutyrate and butyrate, myroxide, benzyl salicylate, Indoflor (Symrise), Rosacetat, Jacinthaflor (Symrise), cyclamen aldehyde and myrac aldehyde among others.”
He goes on to emphasise that, as with Hedione
, the commercial quality of the product is paramount with alpha-Damascone because it is composed of more than one enantiomer, the balance of these, rather than the purity, is the key factor. It was with this in mind that we decided to stock the Firmenich product.
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