Dimethyl Phenyl Ethyl Carbinol


CAS No. 103-05-9

Odour (decreasing): Clean, fresh, floral-rose, lily and violet, green

Solvent: – IPM 50% – but see below for option to have none added.

Manufacturer: IFF

Main Synonyms: 2-methyl-4-phenylbutan-2-ol; 2-Methyl-4-phenyl-2-butanol; dimethyl phenylethyl carbinol; DPEC; muguet carbinol

See below for more description and documentation



Description and usage notes:

Very useful classic material for Lily of the Valley (muguet) fragrances but also excellent in a wide variety of other floral and non-floral fragrances.  Very tenacious, yet not too overpowering even in pure form.

Description from IFF: “Floral, Green, Muguet, Petal”

Arctander seems to have been quite enthusiastic about this material: “Soft, floral-green, mildly herbaceous and oily odor reminiscent of Lily and Hyacinth, but with an unusual mildness in spite of great tenacity. Probably the most valuable and versatile of all the so-called ‘carbinols’.

An excellent blender and background in many florals, from Rose and Jasmin to Muguet and Magnolia, at the same time powerful and delicate. It introduces an excellent undertone and base in Chypres and other non-florals.

Combining the best of Linalool and Terpineol – without the volatility of Linalool and with out the woody -piney notes of Terpineol – it has but one disadvantage: a rather high price. Too high for volume use in everyday perfumery. But increased demand and use has already brought the cost within reasonable limits.

Concentrations from 1 or 2% up to 30% are known and show the versatility and overall agreeable odor type of this chemical.”

Evidently the price continued to fall in the years since 1960 when Arctander was writing: this is now cheap enough to be a staple of the perfumer’s palette.

As the pure material is solid at room temperature and needs to be melted for use, we normally supply it at 50% in IPM – if you prefer pure we make a small additional charge to melt it for you but the price of the material itself is the same – please indicate your preference in the box at checkout.  Note that you only need to pay the melting charge once however much DPEC you’re buying.


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