Description and usage notes:
This form of rose oxide, generally considered superior to the usual kind, consists of 90% of the cis isomer and 10% the trans isomer. Note that is still racemic, not the pure laevo isomer as it also contains the dextro version. This version has a slightly brighter, cleaner odour with less metalic character compared with our other racemic rose oxide.
An unusual and powerful component of rose oil, first discovered in 1959, that is also found in geranium, lychees and Gewurtztraminer wine. Often used to add a green or metallic note and to improve diffusion. It has a particular affinity with l-Carvone, especially in floral compositions.
Arctander describes it as “Penetrating and very diffusive, gassy-green or ‘hard’ green, floral odor of poor tenacity. The resemblance to Geranium appears only upon dilution of the Rose oxide, and best in a composition. The diluted material has also a Rose-like character.”