Perfumed Alphabet: L is for Linalool

“It’s pink,” I insist.

“Not yet,” you reply. “We’re still

Deep in the forest.”

Linalool smells practically identical to my vial of rosewood essential oil, which is really mostly ho wood essential oil due to the scarcity of pure rosewood. Linalool on its own is a bit greener and woodier, with a sweetness that makes its connection to being a major component of lavender’s aroma. It is quite floral and complements rose quite well. My visualization of pink may be influenced by the limited-edition, eponymous fragrance Rosewood by Banana Republic from several years ago, which was a pink liquid in a round, UFO-shaped bottle. Linalool is found in most perfumes and should not exceed 12% in concentration.

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