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Coumarin in perfumery

Coumarin, an essential element for Fern notes

Coumarin offers complex but persistent fragrances. The smell of coumarin resembles that of fresh cut hay, dry straw or blond tobacco. Coumarin also offers almond and vanilla accords. Either way, the olfactory sensation remains soft and powdery. Coumarin is the essential element of fern notes. It is also the base note of many oriental and woody fragrances. It must also be said that coumarin is an excellent fixer. The first perfume made up of synthesized coumarin essence was “Fougère Royale” from Houbigant, created in 1882. Today, it appears that coumarin is present in 90% of perfumes, of which 60% with a content of more than 1. % ...

Fragrances that match coumarin

Coumarin is therefore an exceptional ingredient, which perfume designers love. Thanks to its good character, coumarin can be associated with all olfactory families. Coumarin is part of many great perfumes for men such as “Fleur du Mâle” by Jean-Paul Gaultier, where coumarin is the only base note, “La Nuit de l'homme” by Yves Saint-Laurent, “Lacoste pour Homme »From Lacoste… Coumarin goes very well with herbs from Provence, bergamot, lemon or even mint which reinforce the scents of green herbs and recall the scent of the scrub on a beautiful summer day. Coumarin also goes particularly well with vanilla and benzoin. These 2 materials reinforce the odor of vanilla that coumarin already possesses, and brings to these perfumes a very sweet roundness.Guerlain's iconic “Jicky” fragrance combines coumarin and vanilla as a base note. In heart notes, we discover geranium, iris and rose. “Jicky” which is a tribute in memory of love for a young woman, offers dazzling but soft fragrances, a very avant-garde fragrance for its time.

Coumarin, a natural organic substance, constitutes the base note of woody and oriental fragrances. Coumarin is also the essential note of fern accords. Coumarin is able to sublimate many fragrances. It is also an excellent fixer. For all this, coumarin goes perfectly well with other olfactory families. Present in 90% of perfumes, coumarin is an inexhaustible range of scents for perfume designers.

 

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