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Ocimene

By: Michael Zviely and Ming Li
Posted: January 9, 2013, from the January 2013 issue of P&F magazine.

Ocimene has a warm-herbaceous, citrus, tropical, green, terpene, woody odor that is very diffusive with relatively low tenacity. Its sweetness is almost floral, evoking an immediate similarity to neroli oil in the odor of pure ocimene. It also has vegetable nuances, and when tasted it has a green, tropical, woody flavor with floral and vegetable nuances. Ocimene occurs in ho leaf oil, hop oil, kumquat, mango, mint, neroli, bigarde oil, parsley, pepper, petitgrain, bergamot oil, lavender and more.

Pure ocimene can be used in numerous artificial essential oils, bergamot, lavandin, neroli, orange, basil, etc., but it is also in itself an interesting material for a new and powerful topnote effect in citrus colognes, lavender and fougere. It also has applications in mango and spicy-herbaceous fragrances, as well as limited use in household product fragrances.

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