Aldehydes in Perfume
We have all smelled aldehydic compounds in some form in so many things (in Chanel no 5, blooming jasmine, lime and Seville oranges rind, nail polish, paint, leathers and so on). It’s just that you might have not registered that particular nuance as ‘aldehydic’. With this edit and corresponding sample pack you will be able to smell the enclosed aldehydic base on its own and then try to recognize and remember this nuance in the formulas we have picked.
Aldehydes for a glossy fruit skin effect
Aldehydes can be found in many places in nature including the rind of citruses and the glossy skin of berries. In Mojito Chypre the perfumer introduces ‘strawberry aldehydes’ to give the imaginary strawberry mojito a very convincing life like touch.
Aldehydes for a leather touch
Rien is a case when aldehydic compounds help perfumers to create smooth leather accords. When leather gets treated to become a product, very often these chemicals are used to stop the processes of decay and thus for us, aldehydes are part of the leather smell.
Aldehydes for vintage florals glory
A classic chypre with a vintage vibe, a case when aldehydes remind us of grand sophisticated formulas of the last century. In combination with complex floral materials such as roses (and in Nevemore you have the unsurpassed rose de Mai) certain aldehydes give the formula a certain fizzy, sparkling (some call this effect ‘boozy’) nuance.
Fleur de Louis
A Perfect example of an aldehydic white floral
This perfume was included in this selection because it is a perfect example of an aldehydic white floral nuance. Neroli, orange blossom, ylang-ylang and jasmine all naturally have a high content of these compounds (again the nature working to preserve their beautiful blooms for longer with the help of these molecules). In Fleur de Louis all of these flowers combine into a clean, strong aldehydic nuance.
Aldehydes disguised as 'salt'
The ‘salt’ accord in this leather formula is made with the use of different aldehydes.
Salt, sea grass, and fruity nuances made with various aldehydes
The powerful sharp greenness in this perfume is achieved with the help of a mix of many aldehydic compounds. Naturally citruses have them in their rind, so do waxy green leaves and adding a drop of aldehydes to a formula with a big green theme makes the imaginary leaves much more lifelike, you can almost feel them.
5.1 Suede Osmanthe
Smooth, iridescent leather
A cozy smooth suede: a combination of leather, dried apricots, black tea and cashmeran, all contriving to smell like a smoky honeyed osmanthus. Aldehydes in this formula enhance both fruity and leathery nuances.
Aldehydes for fog particles effect
A haze-over-a-pond illusion produced with white musks, heliotropin, aquatic nuances and fresh woody notes of iris, papyrus and lotus.
Salt and sun (but really aldehydes)
A perfume blended to remind of the height of summer somewhere in the Mediterranean with an accord of salty breeze in the formula and bright blue sky in the title.