Description and usage notes:
Very fresh, marine quality as well as the floral, lily-of-the-valley note.
Description from Givaudan: “Powerful, Floral, Muguet, Fresh. Silvial is a powerful, vibrant muguet ingredient with a slight citrus undertone and a fresh, aldehydic touch that is used in perfumery in the same way as related muguet products.”
Arctander thought the material had potential for wider use: “The title aldehyde, commercially available for some years, has some of the advantages of Cyclamen aldehyde, and some of those of Lilial (Bucinal), its tertiary-Butyl-isomer. It is undoubtedly more versatile than Cyclamen aldehyde, and the perfumer can enjoy using much higher concentrations of this aldehyde, without producing overly green-vegetable notes, etc”
He goes on: “It blends very well with Lilac materials, Muguet (carbinols and rose-alcohols), Styrax and Methylionones, and with Amylcinnamic aldehyde. It is sufficiently stable in soap, and it seems to be more stable in storage than Cyclamen aldehyde.”
Writing much later Arcadi Boix Camps suggests that “Although many consider Silvial (Givaudan) a pure muguet ingredient, I disagree. It is by far less floral than Lilial and more citrusy. The material is like a mixture of Lilial, cyclamen aldehyde and trans-4-decenal” he goes on to recommend many accords that can be “made with this beautiful chemical”.