Perfumer Notes: The Magic of Phenyl Ethyl Alcohol

Master perfumer Christophe Laudamiel shares his thoughts on the ingredient’s versatility, usage and more.
Master perfumer Christophe Laudamiel shares his thoughts on the ingredient’s versatility, usage and more.

When Perfumer & Flavorist+ asked me to write a column on a specific ingredient, I decided to pick one of those ingredients that I call “perfume-formula-changing.” My theory is that some ingredients can redirect suddenly, even at small levels, an entire fragrance from one family to another. Among those ingredients, I count vanillin, damascenone, phenyl ethyl alcohol (PEA), patchouli alongside a few select others. (Linalool, sandalwood as well as sandalwood molecules, albeit super interesting, do not fit into this category in my opinion.)

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