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Our Favourite Fruity Molecules for Summer

Fruity Summer Molecules

Summer is just around the corner and we are getting in the mood with our favourite fruity ingredients!  There are many ingredients in the perfumer’s organ that smell like fruit and they are an essential part of many fragrance formulas! Because it is impossible to extract fragrance from fruits (aside from citrus, of course!) perfumers must recreate their smells using molecules. Almost always, it takes ingredients from multiple fragrance families to create a realistic fruit smell. Take for example, the smell of apple! Of course, we use some fruity molecules, but to capture all of the nuances of the smell of real apple we use ingredients from the green family, like Cis-3-Hexenol, and from the floral family like Damascone Beta!

Aldehyde C14

Aldehyde C14 is one of the most commonly used fruity molecules! It smells just like peach and is an essential component in creating stone fruit accords like peach, plum or apricot. Aldehyde C14 is not only used in fruity accords, but also in recreating exotic flowers like jasmine to enhance the fruity characteristic of the natural flower. The creaminess of Aldehyde C14 comes from the fact that it is not chemically an aldehyde at all, but a lactone! Lactones characteristically are deep, fruity, creamy, waxy and incredibly potent, so it’s important to use them in small amounts!

Aldehyde C18

Just like Aldehyde C14, C18 is another lactone that’s very commonly used in perfumery. It smells like coconut and instantly transports you on holidays. Think sun cream, pina coladas and days at the beach. It is obviously an essential component of a coconut accord with other molecules like coumarin, vanillin and maltol; but it is also used to add an exoticism to floral accords like gardenia and tuberose. As with all lactones, it is extremely strong and can easily overpower a fragrance, so start by using it in small amounts!

Raspberry Ketone

Rasperry Ketone in its pure form comes as a crystal! It’s smells of raspberry and has a deep, powdery and jammy quality. It’s a key component of creating a raspberry accord with other ingredients like fructone, ionone alpha and beta and cis-3-hexenol which adds a natural green tartness! Raspberry ketone is also a great ingredient to enhance other red fruit accords and add a delicate and fruity sweetness to floral accords like violet.

Benzyl Acetate

Benzyl Acetate is a natural molecule found in white flowers like jasmine and ylang ylang and is responsible for the tropical fruit or banana-like facet found in these flowers! It’s an incredibly useful and fresh top note in exotic floral fragrances and in recreating the smell of banana or apple in fruity compositions. Because of it’s floral and fruity complexities it’s often used as a large component in cosmetic and personal care formulas!


Melonal is a fresh and watery note that gives the impression of melon. It is common molecule used in marine and fruity fragrances and when combined with calone and maltol it creates the very familiar smell of watermelon. Melonal is incredibly strong and can be difficult to use, so it must be diluted and used in a small amount in a formula to avoid smelling its harsh and synthetic facets.

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