Description and usage notes:
Distinctive fresh, green-floral material with high tenacity. Extremely versatile with lily of the valley and seashore connotations.
Arctander doesn’t seem to have been terribly impressed with this material, which he describes as: “More green and less floral than Hexyl saiicylate.” but goes on to say it “is not one of the more interesting ones of the Hexenyl series. It has only moderate power and its green plus sweet notes do not produce any very unusual or particularly desirable effect in perfumes. It is most likely that this ester will become obsolete in the near future.”
Despite this Arcadi Boix Camps, writing in 1985, still recommends perfumers should “bear in mind hexyl salicylate and the cis-3-henenyl salicylate notes” in the context of herbaceous florals. For those who enjoy working with green-floral notes we believe this material remains a useful and inexpensive item in the palette.
Calkin & Jellinek also have a higher opinion of the material suggesting it as a “more elegant” alternative to Amyl Salicylate and a “major structural component in fine perfumery”. They also note that this material appears in Fidji (1966) at around 6% and is again used in Opium (1977) and Paris (1983).