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Damascone in perfumery

The damascus molecule

Damascus is a chemical compound related to an essential oil. It appeared for the first time in 1970, belonging to a family of molecules combining a fruity facet and a floral facet. This is mainly used for the preparation of fragrances and is a synthetic product belonging to the family of ketones, a category also comprising damascenone and ionones. Ketones are obtained by controlled oxidation of a secondary alcohol. This requires a strong oxidizing agent but does not involve any subsequent risk for the skin. Damascus is a synthetic product whose main aroma is generally rose. However, there are different types with very identifiable wakes. Indeed, it is a molecule present in this plant and contributing 70% to its odor. Likewise,damascus is also present in some wines. Besides its very feminine scent, damascus is also recognized for its therapeutic effects. In this case, it has the ability to protect the skin from sun burns by activating the sebaceous glands.

Damascus in our perfumes

Most often, damascus is present in feminine and fresh scents. It is mainly associated with fruity tones such as those of apricot, pineapple or banana. Likewise, it goes wonderfully with the blackcurrant bud. Damascus integrates with all types of perfumes such as Lagarfeld Femme by Karl Lagarfeld which is a citrus, Aquaman by Rochas which is rather woody or Acteur d'Azzaro known for its chypre scent. For example, know that the Paris perfume by Yves Saint-Laurent from 1983 contains Beta damascus, a molecule with concise writing and essentially derived from the essential oil of the Bulgarian rose. Likewise, this same kind of damascus is also present in the perfume Les Jardins de Bagatelle by Guerlain, also produced in 1983. However, it should be noted thatthis is a complex ingredient, most often reserved for fine perfumery and luxury design houses.

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