Description and usage notes:
The classic floral-woody note once routinely provided by rosewood (now an endangered species), now almost exclusively used in synthetic form, although there are natural isolates and Ho Wood Oil is also widely used as a natural alternative to Rosewood.
Arctander writes extensively about linalool: “Linalool is used very extensively in perfume compositions of almost all types and price levels. Basically a floral material, and originally a Lily-of-the V alley (Muguet) ingredient, it is now used in countless floral types, and in Oriental, Ambre, aldehydic, herbaceous and many other fragrance types.
It may even form part of a Citrus fragrance or a woody complex, a Lily, Muguet, Honeysuckle, Lilac, Sweet Pea, NeroIi, Appleblossom, Frangipanni, Freesia, Peony, etc. etc. … Linalool should be the ingredient that gives the lift in an overall heavier composition. Newer derivatives, particularly the higher homologies of Linalool, are excellent modifiers/blenders with proper mellowing effect upon the more volatile Linalool.”
See also Tetrahydrolinalool and Ethyl Linalool for examples of homologues. We also stock linalool isolated from natural sources such as Basil and Camphor Wood, each of which has a slightly different character.