Patent Pick: Synthetic Musk Aroma


Patent Picks are chosen by the editors from publicly available sources. Today's invention describes a synthetic material to create a musk-like aroma.

Macrocyclic unconjugated triene lactones for musk-like aroma
U.S. Patent Application 20150266847
Publication date: Oct. 24, 2015
Assignee: Takasago International Corp.

According to these inventors, natural musk aromas are valuable (and expensive) fragrances and flavors. However, animal-derived musk is not easily available and raises ethical debate, and plant-derived musk aromas are difficult to stabilize since they readily depend on weather and other growing conditions. As such, synthetic compounds having a musk aroma are of great importance.

Nature-derived macrocyclic lactones having a musk aroma are already known, including exaltolide found in Archangelica root oils and ambrettolide found in ambrette seed oils. In addition, existing synthetic macrocyclic lactones include cyclohexadecanolide and cyclopentadecenolide (habanolide).

However, the present invention provides a novel macrocyclic compound having an unconjugated triene structure, which has not yet been described in the literature. This material exhibits superior musk-like odor qualities for use in flavor or fragrance compositions, food products, beverages, fragrances or cosmetics, etc.

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