Description and usage notes:
An unusual material combining as it does balsamic with herbal aspects while still being fresh and floral. It is particularly useful however as a blending agent, helping to get the disparate components of a complex blend to work in harmony with each other. Mild odour and easy to use.
Arctander has quite a bit to say about it and starts by describing its odour: “Very faint, sweet-herbaceous and floral odor with dry-bark-like green undertones, sometimes referred to as ‘Witch-Hazel-odor’. Poorer grades of this ester may be responsible for odor descriptions including the terms ‘phenolic’ or ‘ink-like’ (which also refers to ‘phenolic’ in a secondary way) or ‘metallic’. Pure Hexyl salicylate (with no free Phenolate other than the esterificd Salicylic acid) has a definitely floral odor.”
He goes on to suggest: “Although this ester in no way is a substitute for Amylsalicylate, is does have similar characteristics. Its inevitably higher cost has put a limit to its popularity, and the fact that imperfect distillation technique produced off-odor high-boiling materiaIs up until a few years ago, also contributed to the lack of interest in many such materials. Hexyl salicylate is used … as a modifier for the Amyl ester, or as a variation in floral or herbaceous-floral fragrances. Its tenacity is excellent and its odor comes to full perception when the ester is blended with more volatile components in a fragrance. It blends well with Labdanum, Coumarin, the Lavender Oils or Rosemary, and it gives interesting effects in Carnation, Fougere, Chypre etc.”