Description and usage notes:
Probably the most widely used aroma chemical in all of perfumery.
This is original Firmenich material, not one of the substitutes now widely offered.
Very useful in citrus as well as virtually all florals, Hedione can improve many fragrance types and can be effective in doses from under 1% to 50% of the formula.
Works as both fixative and exalting agent in most compounds and blends well with the majority of ingredients both natural and synthetic.
This is also the first aroma chemical to have proper peer-reviewed research evidence to support the idea it may have a sex pheromone effect in humans: how cool is that?
Arctander, writing very soon after it became available and before it’s full potential has been realised has this to say of it: “This ester, only recently brought into the market as a commercially available perfume chemical, is intended for use in artificial Jasmin absolute, Jasmin and Tuberose bases, and as a trace additive in powerfully floral fragrances. It serves as an economical substitute for Methyl jasmonate (see monograph), but does not have the overwhelming sweetness and diffusive power of that material.”
By the time Arcadi Boix Camps is writing about it in 1978 it has already seen use in many successful fragrances. He says it is “the compound that without a doubt has most influenced modern perfumery and has allowed the great artists to develop their ideas with inspiration. It was used for the first time in Eau Sauvage and in Diorissimo, and it has become famous because it gives to compositions a delicate, fresh, smooth, radiant, warm, elegant character that blends well with all kinds of perfumes from floral-citrics to woody, chypre and oriental.”