Description and usage notes:
An excellent, delicate, modern, alicyclic musk having some of the character of both polycyclic and aromatic musks it has the advantages that very few people are anosmic to it and its greater diffusion makes it effective even in the opening notes of the fragrance.
It is easy to use – it’s a mobile liquid at room temperature – and dosage levels can be from below 1% right up to 50% of the fragrance concentrate. Can be used to replace Galaxolide on a like-for-like basis and has the advantage that, as well as being much more liquid, it’s readily biodegradable.
Firmenich description: “Odor: Very delicate musky note, less fruity and less Ambrette than Helvetolide® with more tenacity and more volume on the dry down. Use: This alicyclic topnote musk is easily perceived by all users. It has a PCM-like character with berry topnotes and ambrette like nuances. It can be used as a PCM replacer and is stable in most applications. Resembles the closest musk to Galaxolide® in character.”
Arcadi Boix Camps, writing in 2004, says of Romandolide: “This material is clean, heavy, long-lasting, and similar to Galaxolide in many respects – though it is less fruity and more camphoraceous. … Although more diffusive than macrocyclic and polycyclic musks, the material performs in a way quite similar to these musk chemicals. Romandolide is just now finding use in perfumes including Absolu de Rochas and Angel Schlesser for men.”