Camphor

A white or transparent, waxy, flammable, crystalline solid that bears a strong and memorable aroma. A terpanoid, camphor is found naturally occurring in the wood of the camphor laurel, as well as in various other sources albeit in much smaller concentrations like rosemary leaves. Camphor can also be synthetically manufactured in a lab from the oil of turpentine. The aroma is intense and pungent; often being likened to mothballs. It doesn’t sound terribly pleasant, but when used in conjunction with other aromas in a fragrant composition, the result is a scent profile that is balanced and complex. The scent characteristics it can impart on a formula include anything from powerful green notes, to a sharp and clear hit of boldness that does well in compositions that need a combatant to equalize the anisic qualities of some white floral aromas.