Molecule of the Day

I love reading lists of fragrance chemicals. The assignment of pleasant, qualitative fragrance descriptions to chemicals with hard-nosed, rigorous functional group names always makes me giggle a little. Acetophenone, for instance, smells of orange blossoms. Today, I came across one that has both in the name: dewy propionate:


The Good Scents Company reports dewy propionate smells of dew, which I think is nonsense. Because odor is subjective, and because a surprising amount of overlap exists between unrelated things, odorants are usually reported with a few characteristics (or more). Flowery, the next listed, I can buy.


  1. #1 milo
    August 11, 2008

    You should check out There is a great section on fragrance ingredients, complete with models.

  2. #2 Vince Noir
    August 11, 2008

    Thanks for the awesome link to the fragrance site. Love it.

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