COUMARIN – Edible, Base Note
It was discovered in 1860 and is traditionally used in a fragrance structure called ‘Fougere’. Coumarin is naturally present in large amount in tonka bean and is also found in vanilla, grass, strawberries, cherries, sweet clover and cassia cinnamon.
In its pure powder form, coumarin has a long lasting smell of almond, marzipan, vanilla, coconut and cherry. When diluted, soft hazelnut and almond facets shine through underneath a hay smell.
It’s popular for invoking warm notes of tobacco, which have helped it become influential in masculine fragrances.