Methyl anthranilate


CAS No. 134-20-3

Odour (decreasing): Dry, floral-neroli, grapes, Orangeblossom. Tenacious

Solvent: ethanol 50% – but see below for option to have it undiluted.

Main Synonyms: methyl 2-aminobenzoate; Methyl-anthranylate

See below for more description and documentation



Description and usage notes:

One of the classic perfumery ingredients of wide application, limited mainly by its reactivity with other perfumery materials.  Where you need a less reactive material of similar odour Florantone T is useful as a substitute.

The methyl anthranilate offered here is a grade specifically manufactured for flavour and fragrance work to a minimum of 98% purity, with the current batch having better than 99% purity.

This is solid at room temperature and is melted for use – so by default it is supplied at 50% in ethanol – 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 Methyl Anthranilate you’re buying.

Arctander says of it: “This ester is widely used in perfume compositions as a sweet-floral Orangeblossom-type ingredient. Often applied in combination with Petitgrain oil, it supplies much of the background in Cashmere bouquet type fragrances and other Oriental, heavy floral or sweet-woody types.” 

he goes on to point out that methyl anthranilate produces “condensation products with various aldehydes (Schiff’s bases) or with Acetophenone, Musk Ketone, Ionones, etc. are often utilized in perfume compositions. It should therefore be kept in mind that when Methyl anthranilate is used in compositions with one or more of the named (or other) aldehydes and ketones, there is a good chance of chemical processes taking place in the perfume oil.

The change may be visually perceptible (color increases, usually to yellow or browninsh tints) or olfactory (intensified sweetness, loss of aldehyde components etc.) and it may take place over a period of from 24 hours up to many months.

The most popular condensation products are those with the floral aldehydes: hydroxycitronellal (Aurantiol, etc,), Anisaldehyde (Acaciol), etc. Certain aldehydes produce very dark colored condensation products and to should be avoided in compositions where Methyl anthranilate must be used (Citral, Citronella, etc.).

When the two components enter at very low percentage, there is generally no discoloration problem (several Citrus oils contain Citral and Methyl anthranilate at the same time).” 

Jean Claude Elena, in his book Diary of a Nose, suggests that in combination with Ethyl Maltol and Fructone, this material can create the illusion of the smell of wild strawberries.

He says “As an apprentice perfumer, I learned that the smell of strawberries could be made with C-16 aldehyde, which is known as ‘strawberry’ – both terms are misnomers because chemically it is in fact acetone[*], and it smells mainly of apples.  I would suggest another combination:

  • fructone
  • ethyl maltol

And for wild strawberries:

  • fructone
  • ethyl maltol
  • methyl anthranilate” 

* – presumably this is a misprint, as clearly strawberry glycidate isn’t acetone any more than it is an aldehyde.


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