Aldehyde C18 (Coconut Aldehyde) Natural Isolate

Eleonora Scalseggi has this to say “Commonly called Aldehyde C18 or Coconut Aldehyde, this dreamy tropical natural isolate is actually no aldehyde: it is a lactone, and quite an easy one to underestimate in its power. Not even remotely as toppy as true aldehydes, the power of this material lies in its pervasive and long-lasting creaminess. Used at the wrong dosage it can easily overwhelm the entire composition. When used sparingly, however, this natural isolate is capable to impart soft, dreamy-tropical coconut notes to the composition, and compellingly so, especially when matched with gardenia, tiaré, tuberose, jasmine and ylang ylang. Used alongside exotic flowers Coconut Aldehyde will simply take your mind and put it on a hammak, the fragrant warm air all around you, and lush green foliage keeping you sheltered from the tropical heat. Holiday effect aside, Aldehyde C18 is a very versatile material that will work harmoniously with other lactones, like the so-called Peach Aldehyde for example, or whenever a mouth-watering creamy note is desired. Needless to say, it is also perfect in gourmand accords.”

Arctander has this to say “This material is one of the most frequently used Iactones in perfumes and flavors. Its field of application reaches from the finest luxury perfumes to inexpensive masking odors, from Gardenia flower bases to Coconut candy flavors, etc. etc. Its intense sweetness and tenacity is often utilized along with that of Undecanolide (so-called Aldehyde C-14) in  Gardenia, Tuberose, Honeysuckle, Stephanotis, Plumeria, Jasmin and many other heavy floral types. Modern fantasy perfumes with emphasis on musk and lactones may include the title material and produce unusual fixative effect of overwhelming sweetness, and novel versions of Oriental fragrance types can be made with Sandalwood, Styrax and the title lactone as part of the base. Its power is often underestimated by the perfumer (if he has no experience as a flavorist) and the lactone will ‘grow’ out of the perfume and unpleasantly dominate the fragrance.”