Today I would like to introduce you to new blog feature called Chemistry Flash. From now on, once in a while, I will be publishing short posts talking about a specific fragrance molecule which can or can not be used in perfumery. Each post will be a little lesson which I hope you’ll find interesting.
This new series of short articles I would like to begin with this creature shown to the left. It’s known as linalyl acetate and it’s an acatate ester of linalool. It means it can be obtained in reaction between acetic acid and linalool, the latter being an alcohol. It’s chemical formulae is C12H20O2. It’s one of the most popular chemical substances used in perfumery. Linalyl acetate possesses a citrus-like aroma and is the main ingredient of lavender essential oil and bergamot essential oil which are known for anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. In perfumery both natural and synthetic forms of this compound are being used.