Dewy Propionate (Funny functional group names)

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:

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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.

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

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

By Vince Noir (not verified) on 11 Aug 2008 #permalink