Description and usage notes:
An unusual fruity-floral-earthy ingredient that strikes this perfumer primarily as earthy and apple-like, though its main use is in perfumes of the jasmine family. This material is also an important part of the floral aspect of the orange oils and, interestingly, is also a major component in certain Olibanum (Frankincense) oils, particularly from Eritrea. Octyl acetate is also useful in recreation of the complex odour of the various varieties of oud.
According to Arctander this material has a “Fruity slightly fatty, waxy-floral odor a discretely green, Apple-like or almost “weedy” note, while the undertones are mildly woody. Moderate to poor tenacity.”
He goes on to say that “This ester finds some use, although always at very low concentration, in perfume compositions, e.g. Jasmin, Gardenia, Orange- blossom, Citrus, Orris, etc. and in many fruity-woody types, Chypres, Fougeres, etc. Traces may be used in Cassie, Neroli, Rose, Violet, etc. but the ester must be handled with discretion and supported by clever fixation in order to perform delicately and not “stand out” of the composition.”
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