Coniferin

Is a white, crystalline solid: a glucoside metabolite found in conifers, of which, is derived from coniferyl alcohol. It is extracted from the cambium layer of many coniferous trees, by the scraping and collecting of bark matter. In nature, it acts as the intermediate compound involved in the lingification of cell walls. It serves many other purposes in biology, but it is of significant importance to the perfume industry, and has proved to play an integral role in the development of perfumery.

Vanillin, an important compound in perfumery, and a substance used extensively in the flavoring industry, was first synthesized via the oxidation of coniferin. This coniferin came as a glucoside residing in the isogoeugenol that’s found in pine bark. This allowed vanillin to be mass produced and made widely available, something that wasn’t possible before due to the long and complex processes surrounding the process of naturally extracting vanillin from raw materials. The likeness of this synthetic vanillin is identical to the natural variety, and has made the role of coniferin in the perfume industry of paramount importance, who’s impact is vastly significant.