Rated 4.89 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)


CAS No. 36306-87-3

Odour (decreasing): Rich, Warm, Woody, Ambery, Tobacco

Solvent: -none added

Manufacturer: Givaudan

Main Synonyms: woody cyclohexanone 

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Description and usage notes:

An enriching, volumising ingredient with diffusive capabilities similar to that of Iso E Super; also has a slightly smoky background note.

Description from Givaudan: “Kephalis is a very versatile and rich product, used as a long lasting heart/basic note. It blends well with floral notes (jasmine, rose, violet, lavender, etc.) as well as sophisticated amber, woody-aldehydic, tobacco and masculine creations.”

The Scent and Chemistry authors point out that Kephalis, just like Cashmeran, is often a key component of synthetic reconstructions of oud / agarwood.


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9 reviews for Kephalis

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    john (verified owner)

    This is a useful product which appears in many formulas. It is somewhat similar to PTBCHA (Vertenex), but the fruity (juice fruit chewing gum) aspect of the latter is toned down in favour of a richer, cedar quality.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Really impressed, out of the bottle it doesn’t smell like much but after spraying it’s very nice. Kind of black agar meets ISO e, airy, woody and honey-sweet. It has a strange solvent like texture which if played on would make some amazing blends.
    Very CDG 🙂

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wincy (verified owner)

    I love this , nice,soft,warm & cosy ?

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tom (verified owner)

    Gives a gorgeous masculine lift to any wood accord. You will “hear” a nice echo of a distant lemony top note within this tobacco/wood middle-to-base note.
    I get how one can find it similar to Vertenex (especially the HC version). However, Kephalis is much brighter and, to me, stands BETWEEN wood and tobacco, like a richly faceted link.
    I must confess, I cannot stand neither Vertenex nor Vertofix…

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    Vivienne (verified owner)

    This is going to be my new go to for deeper I g but lifting a fragrance that has to be yang centric. Been using ambrette seed but much prefer this.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    carlos silva (verified owner)

    Lovely compound…do you know Oudwood by TF?? Well it smell like a rich woody tobacco …i must have for shure in every perfumery organ.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    leom (verified owner)

    Great product with lots of potential.Some really nice nuance’s within the smell and really versatile. Good value and for me an essential item to build character of fragrance. Great stuff

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    ch.enzensperger (verified owner)

    Oh, I love this stuff. So warm, woody, powdery, tobacco and soft. I also smell a clear ambegris note.
    I read anywhere an association with the dust of brickstones. (When workers are drilling or sawing asphalt or bricks)
    Unfortunately this association disturbs the overall great impression. Adding some vanilla completely cancells out the brick-flavour. What remains is a wonderful warm woody note!
    Crazy, but wonderful!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    knatesuda (verified owner)

    Wood, flowers, lemon zest, spice, water. All about it. Non-standard and interesting.

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