Description and usage notes:
Very useful and versatile material that makes an excellent blender with a wide variety of other materials especially the more delicate florals, such as sweet pea. Smelling from the bottle this is an unassuming and rather disappointing material: to appreciate it’s beauty you need to get it onto a smelling strip where it’s delicious floral quality quickly becomes apparent. It is also quite tenacious, lasting several days on a strip, and is thus generally thought of as a middle note.
For this perfumer it is extremely reminiscent of the warm, intensely floral scent of the older varieties of cultivated paeony flowers.
Arctander writes with some enthusiasm about this material: “W arm and mild, balsamic-floral, sweet odor of moderate tenacity. The floral notes have a Lilac-Rose-Hyacinth character, but without the pungency of the Hyacinth, rather the delicate mildness of a Peony.
This alcohol is widely used in perfume compositions as a blender and modifier of great versatility. It may supply the warm undertone in a Rose, the balsamic sweetness of an Oriental fragrance, or it may form part of the Reseda, Lilac or Cyclamen picture with other floral ingredients. As a variant of Phenylethylalcohol, it may give pleasant modifications.”
Curtis and Williams suggest this material for use in their Carnation, Gardenia, Hyacinth, Lilac, Lily of the Valley, Narcissus and Rose bases, which is a good indication of the versatility of this material.