Perfumed Alphabet: B is for Benzyl Acetate

White flowers shading

Green apples in my picnic

The lab is well stocked

Benzyl acetate is a commonly used ingredient in perfumery, although I haven’t incorporated it in most of my blends. It can complement fruity and floral facets, such as lily-of-the-valley. To my nose, it smells like green apple and a bit of latex rubber (like balloons with the powder still visible where they are less stretched). The recommended maximum concentration in perfume is 30%. It seems to have a watery aspect, which creates a barrier to the fresh, fleshy juiciness, giving the greenness a translucent quality. YMMV.

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