Description and usage notes:
Excellent general fixative & base note with woody & amber aspects (current stock is manufactured by IFF, but we do sometimes also stock generic Methyl Cedryl Ketone – please ask if the origin is important to you).
This is a very versatile and useful material that can be incorporated successfully into most blends: an excellent fixative that also adds ambery diffusion, it can be harsh in high doses but larger amounts can nevertheless work well in incense-type fragrances.
Used alongside Cedramber it is softened and enhanced and gives a great ambergris-like exalting effect at a very economical price.
Calkin & Jellinek, in their discussion of the 1966 fine fragrance Fidji tell us that: “The synthesis of Vertofix (acetyl cedrene) from cedarwood in the early 1960s marked a major step forward in perfumery chemistry, providing perfumers with a fine woody material at a reasonable price, which could be used not only to replace the very much more expensive vetiver derivatives but also had an excellent performance in many functional products such as soaps and shampoos. It is interesting also to find in Fidji a small amount of PTBCHA (Vertenex), another relatively new material at that time, and one more frequently associated with functional products. Here it acts as a link between the woody notes and the fresh green top note.”