Description and usage notes:
Characteristic sweet odour of tonka absolute in which it is the majority component. Coumarin has the distinction of being the very first synthetic ingredient used in perfumery (in 1882 by Paul Parquet for Houbigant in Fougère Royal, which was first released as a scented soap and only later as a fine fragrance).
In addition to tonka beans, coumarin is also naturally present in a number of herbs and various fruits, including for example strawberries, and can contribute to the sweetness of fruity odours as well as many other fragrance types.
Arctander describes it as “Sweet, herbaceous-warm, somewhat spicy odor, in extreme dilution more haylike, nut- Iike, tobacco-like…
Extensively used in perfumery to support herbaccous odors, Lavender, Lavandin, Rosemary, Citrus oils, Oakmoss, etc., and as a fixative in numerous types of fragrances;
Almost a standard ingredient in Fougère types with Amylsalicylate and Lavender-notes, with or without Oakmoss.”
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