Scent Note: What does aldehydes smell like?

Aldehydes in perfumery

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Aldehydes, the synthesis revolution

Without aldehydes, the Chanel N ° 5 perfume would not exist… Indeed, the first use of aldehydes in luxury perfumery was carried out in 1921, to give one of the most beautiful creations of Chanel N ° 5 perfumes. »… Aldehydes do not have a poetic name, but they are full of particular and different olfactory notes. Aldehydes are classified by number of carbon atoms, so we find aldehydes C6 to C12. Thus, we note that the C10 aldehyde smells of orange, the C11 smells of candle wax, the C12 the smell of a hot iron… Aldehydes give a composition soaring and power… They are undeniably temperamental! Many designers have subsequently followed Chanel N ° 5 by incorporating aldehydes, as in Coty's Magnet,“Liu” by Guerlain or even “Calèche” by Hermès.

Aldehydes agreements

Due to the many fragrances they offer, aldehydes can be associated with all olfactory families. Aldehydes very often accompany flowers, to which they give a magical effect and an exceptional radiance. The flowery-aldehyde perfumes are very numerous today and very appreciated by women, because they are essentially feminine perfumes. As for the perfume “Arpège” by Lanvin, created in 1927 and yet still so modern. “Arpège” immediately brings freshness with bergamot, neroli and honeysuckle. In the heart notes, Bulgarian roses associated with jasmine and ylang-ylang offer a sumptuous, irresistibly flowery side. It must be said that this perfume was created by Jeanne Lanvin for the 30 years of her daughter Marie-Blanche,to whom she wished to offer The most beautiful perfume in the world. Aldehydes are also available in chypre-floral-aldehyde, which offer fragrances for elegant, self-confident women, such as “Mitsouko” by Guerlain, or “Eau du soir” by Sisley.

Aldehydes are chemical molecules used in fine perfumery since 1921, with the creation of the very legendary Chanel N ° 5. Classified by number of atoms, aldehydes offer a large number of olfactory notes. Sources of inspiration for the creators of perfumes, aldehydes have considerably enlarged the range of scents of the latter. Aldehyde molecules combine perfectly well with other olfactory families, especially floral ones, which today have very great feminine fragrances.

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