Fragrance Examples: Serge Lutens – L’Eau Serge Lutens,
Refers to an organic compound, a mixture of compounds, or any fragrance or scent element that possesses qualities consistent with that of an aledehyde — a type of chemical acquired via the oxidation of a primary alcohol. Aldehydes are used extensively in the manufacturing of dyes and coloring agents, as well as being present in many resins and an assortment of other organic originating materials. These organic derived materials are frequently used in perfumery for a wide variety of purposes, and the usage of aldehydes is widespread and relatively all encompassing. Aldehydes are often confused with ketones, and although the two share similar origins and processes of production, the two differ in one crucial aspect: ketones are oxidized via secondary, not primary, alcohols.
Aldehydes are often synthetic reproductions of organic compounds, that are identical in structure, and in many cases, efficacy. Most of the time, the aldehydes used in perfumery are of fatty or aliphatic extraction, which carries multiple benefits in perfume production. These specific aldehydes are most often used to inject a waxy consistency into a composition, as well as to impart added aromas that hold attributes of citrusy and floral-like scent qualities. This resulting effect renders a fragrance to be deemed as being aldehydic in nature — a label used extensively in perfumery to punctuate the presence of the aforementioned general and defining characteristics in products.
Aldehydic compositions are revered for their ability to possess strong and noticeably pleasant aromas, whilst at the same time featuring relatively low concentrations of aldehydes. Aldehydic elements can be infused into fragrances of a wide variety of aroma families, and seem to blend well with an abundance of formulas. Aldehydic contributors are also notorious for seemingly possessing the invaluable ability to enhance whatever fragrance is inherently prevailing in any given formula. This means: the nuances, notes, accords, and individual or blended aromas are given a significant boost by the mere presence of aldehydic compounds.