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From A to Zanos: A glossary of fragrance ingredients

by Admin

There are hundreds of fragrance ingredients available from producers located all over the world, from European floral scents to woody and fruity tropical aroma ingredients and spices from the Far East.

Here are just some of the most common fragrance ingredients in our glossary of synthetic aromas that takes you on a fragrant journey from A to Zanos.



Aldehydes are what give iconic Chanel No. 5 its ‘sparkle’ and have been used to add vibrancy to all kinds of perfumes ever since.



A synthetic aroma chemical, Ambrettolide gives a pleasant, sweet, floral odour that is popular in classic and modern perfumes alike.



Citronellol – along with Citronellal – can be found in Citronella oil, which is derived not from lemons or citrus fruits as many people might imagine, but from the stems and leaves of lemongrass. Historically popular as an insect repellent, it is also a common fragrance ingredient in perfumes and household products.


Ethyl Linalol / Ethyl Linalool

Ethyl Linalol (also known as Ethyl Linalool) has a floral, fresh, bergamot character and is sweeter than Linalool. As with Linalool, it is used in a wide variety of notes for floral bouquets.


Linalol or Linalool

It occurs naturally in many essential oils, such as lavender, tangerine, spearmint, rose, cypress, lemon, cinnamon and ylang ylang. It has a soft, sweet scent and is used to perfume personal hygiene products and cleaning agents including soaps, detergents, shampoos, and lotions.


Linalyl  Acetate

A naturally occurring phytochemical found in many flowers and spice plants (such as cardamom), Linalyl acetate is a flavouring ingredient as well as a fragrance one.  This woody, fresh floral is one of the principal components of bergamot and lavender essential oils.



Menthanol is another fragrance ingredient that does not smell like its name – while most people might guess at a minty aroma, the pale to colourless liquid actually adds a stable scent of pine to soaps, detergents and other household products.



OTBCHA has a fruity, woody odour and blends well with florals, woody and fruity notes. Other synonyms for OTBCHA are Agrumex or Verdox.



Pyranol can be used for almost all perfume types as it adds an elegant floral diffusion without changing the character of the fragrance.   This fresh, soft and natural floral note reminiscent of muguet, is a very stable and substantive building block that can also be used to replace less stable floral aldehydes


Raspberry Ketone

Raspberry Ketone has a sweet raspberry aroma, as the name suggests and is used in perfume compositions, particularly in jasmine, gardenia and tuberose.



As a major component in delicate floral fragrance types, this ingredient with a tea-like nuance, works well with muguet, lily, lilac, mimosa, and variations of rose and jasmine proving to be a great stabilizer.  Its citrus and woody notes also contribute to lavender compositions, chypres and fougeres.


Vanillin/Ethyl Vanillin

We have all heard how pure vanilla is experiencing a global shortage, so there is focus on its synthetic counterpart.  Vanillin’s intense sweetness is utilized in high-cost luxury perfumes and as a flavouring agent in foods, beverages, and pharmaceuticals. Ethyl Vanillin is one of the main components of artificial vanilla flavourings.


Verdyl Acetate

Verdyl Acetate can be described as a powerful green and woody scent, with sweet anisic notes and is used in a variety of fragrances.



Your first port of call for any of the aroma chemicals listed above (and many more besides), Zanos supplies only the best quality and sources the most sustainable products so you can feel confident in your core perfume ingredients. Contact Rachel Reyer, our Synthetics Sales Specialist at Zanos on 01565 755899.


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