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. Note that this is the same molecule as Dimethyl Phenyl Ethyl Carbinol, by IFF, which we also stock.
Description from Firmenich: “A sweet floral, rosy note in the direction of muguet. The soft floral character of CARBINOL MUGUET makes it an excellent ingredient for building the floral body of a fragrance. It can be used in a similar manner to Benzyl Salicylate at levels up to 20% – 25% of a fragrance composition.”
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.
For some reason this version, by Firmenich, seems to be less inclined to crystallise and so we are currently able to sell it undiluted without needing to make a melting charge as we do with the IFF product, however please note that in cold conditions (for example in transit) it can solidify and hence it is categorised both as solid and liquid as it may arrive in either state.
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