Description and usage notes:
Very intense, classic aliphatic aldehyde valued for its floral and citrus enhancement as well for imparting the recognisable aldehydic quality to a fragrance. Much used in laundry and soap fragrances as well as in fine fragrance.
Arctander describes the odour like this: “Sweet, waxy-herbaceous, very fresh and clean-floral odor (Lily-Violet-like in dilution) with a faint, balsamic undertone. The odor is often referred to as ‘fresh-laundry-odor’, but it is only pleasant in extreme dilutions. The concentrated material has a rather fatty-waxy odor.”
He goes on to say: “It is one of the most extensively used alifatic aldehydes in perfumery. Its versatility is probably its greatest asset: from Pine to Violet, from detergent perfumes to luxury lotion fragrances it finds its way into a multitude of fragrance types: Pine, Pine needle, floral, “modern”, Citrus complexes, Chypres, etc.”
This is one of those superpower ingredients that is used in traces. If you normally work with ingredients diluted to 10%, we recommend using this at 1% or even 0.1% – it’s very easy to overdose. It is supplied here at 10% Benzyl Alcohol, because this is one of the least stable of the aliphatic aldehydes with a strong tendency to polymerise on lengthy storage. If you are planning to use this aldehyde in a fine fragrance application, then you may prefer to have it at 10% in ethanol, which we also offer. Both dilution are effective at stabilising this otherwise short-lived aldehyde.
Bedoukian writes that “Lauric aldehyde has an extremely powerful fatty note, noticeable even in high dilutions. Because of its higher molecular weight it is long lasting, a property which adds to its value. In general it is use in conjunction with undecylenic, and to a lesser degree, with decyl aldehyde.”
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