Aldehydes are one of the significant ingredients used in the field of perfumery for our fragrances. This aldehyde creation has revolutionized the industry and now exposed to a wider variety of fragrances.
If you have prior knowledge about aldehydes, you probably also heard that Chanel No. 5 perfume formula uses aldehydes as one of its crucial aroma ingredients.
Not only that, even despite the impression that the first aldehydic perfume is Chanel No. 5, the first perfume containing aldehyde is actually introduced in 1905, formulated by Armingeat - a scent known as Rêve D’Or (Golden Dream).
With all these aldehydes scented perfumes in the world now, curiosity could get the better of us. So, let’s find out more about what common aldehydes are there and how they individually actually smells like.
Do you recognize the smell of your almond pudding? Not only in desserts, but also in fragrances, this aromatic compound known as benzaldehyde as shown in the diagram above, is synthesized and used to replicate this almond scent.
It is the simplest form of aromatic aldehyde and yet one of the many crucial fragrance ingredients used industrially in the perfume and flavour world.
Aldehydes (C7 - C10)
As for string carbon chained aldehyde groups, each individual can also display their unique set scented properties.
The compound aldehyde C7, with seven carbon, can be found naturally occurring in clary sage and has a green, herb and leafy fragrance profile.
On the other hand, aldehyde C8 assumes a waxy, orangey fruity scent with a green peel tone.
Aldehyde C9 smells more floral with jasmine and rose-like fragrance. It is a great addition for enhanced boost in sophistication and warmth in perfumes.
Lastly, yet also extremely vital perfumery ingredient, is this fatty aldehyde C10. It is used in floral accords such as rose, jasmine, iris and even in citrus blends as well.
Aldehyde (C11 - C18)
Many is found to like the scent of longer carbon chained aldehyde better due to their richer, cleaner, sweeter or fruitier tones.
Firstly, for C11 undecylenic aldehydes, its scent takes on a rich note where many who loves a clean soapy scent with hints of citrus fruitiness would love.
Aldehyde C12 formulated by Firmenich is said to be one of the favourites among the general public and is also one of the key components used in Chanel No.5. It contains a woody nature with citrus scents.
If anyone would remember aldehydes, one of them would be C14 aldehyde which takes on a sweet, rich and creamy peach fragrance. It is not a true aldehyde, but it is a powerful and well-recognized scent.
Strawberry scent is formulated with the help of aldehyde C16. It smells candy-like, with fruit-berry scent and sweet floral nuances; perfect to be added to floral fragrances to reinforce the top notes.
Lastly, C18 aldehyde hold a scent of coconut with an oily and velvety scent and is usually included to give a boost in creaminess.
Last but Not Least
If you are interested in fragrances in general and would love to be involved in the perfume making process, try going for a perfume workshop!
The perfume workshop will take you through a guided process of perfume making with have a wide range of perfume fragrances for you to smell and learn more about your preference and personality in relation to fragrances as well!
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