Perfumed Alphabet: Z is for Zenolide

Berries packed neatly

In plastic wrap to stay fresh

A natural gift

Zenolide seems more of a stimulant than a relaxant to my senses—it’s not a cozy musk but a waxy, fruity one that hints of tart berries. It’s an airy heart note that shares characteristics with the stronger base note Habanolide®, probably due to similar backbones and functional groups. In fact, the eye and skin irritant properties of Zenolide were not directly tested but rather inferred from test results for analogues Habanolide and Musk T, concluding that these molecules are not eye or skin irritants.

Zenolide may be used at up to 40% concentration in a perfume.

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