Perfumer’s Notes: Javanol

The growing scarcity—and resulting increased price—of sandalwood oil explains the fragrance industry’s continuous search for synthetic substitutes. Javanol (Givaudan), prepared from naturally occurring α-pinene, represents a new tool in terms of performance and naturalness of scent.

In addition, Antoine Gaillard (senior perfumer Givaudan) discusses the challenges in formulating sandalwood notes, javanol applications beyond sandalwood and common application examples.

Sandalwood Oil

Sandalwood oil is one of the most precious and widely used raw materials in perfumery. Extracted from the heartwood and roots of Santalum album trees grown in India and Indonesia, the oil has played an important social, cultural, religious, medical and aesthetic role for millennia. In perfumery, it is valued not only for its multifaceted woody, creamy, sweet, warm and animalic natural scent, but also for its outstanding fixative and blending properties.


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