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Methyl 2,4-dihydroxy-3,6-dimethylbenzoate

By: Michael Zviely, CIC
Posted: December 22, 2010, from the January 2011 issue of P&F magazine.

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Methyl 2,4-dihydroxy-3,6-dimethylbenzoate (CAS# 4707-47-5) is a white to off-white crystalline powder. It has an odor character impact of oak and treemoss. It is an excellent fixative, powdery and woody-sweet.

The material has excellent tenacity, and is stable at pH 1–9 (moderately alkali-stable) and fibersubstantive. It has a substantivity of more than 10 days at 10% in DPG, and is used as a fragrance ingredient in fine fragrances, toiletries, and fragranced functional products such as fabric softeners, detergents and aerosoles, as well as in candles, potpourri and incense. Methyl 2,4-dihydroxy-3,6-dimethylbenzoate is an excellent fixative and can be used up to 7% of total concentrate.

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