If you are looking for a scent that is retro, you may want to try one with a lactonic smell. This smell is often associated with older fragrances, as they often use lactones, which are cyclic esters that contain an alcohol and carboxylic group. Listed below are some examples of scents that have this smell. To discover whether lactonic fragrances are right for you, read on.
Animalic smells come from the body and skin of animals. These include musk, ambergris, and civet. Lactones are a subset of animalic smells, and have a broad aromatic range. High school chemistry rarely mentions these substances, but the scents they produce are so diverse that they deserve a separate discussion. But how do you differentiate between animalic and lactonic smells?
Milklactones are the best-known examples of lactonic smells. The fragrances are creamy, sweet, and have a celery-like note. Vanilla, nutmeg, and wood are other common ingredients. These scents are highly arousing for both men and women. They are part of the ANIMALIC SMELLS family and are generally warm and gourmand. You may also enjoy a fragrance that has a recognizable milk scent.
Milky notes are popular in perfumes. Alaia Paris’ Eau de Parfum Blanche and Michael Kors’ Wonderlust contain almond milk notes. Antoine Lie conjured up the nurturing mother’s breast milk in his controversial 2007 fragrance Secretions Magnifiques for Etat Libre d’Orange. Its sweet, lukewarm base notes give it a soft and lingering character.
4,8-dimethylnon-7-en-4-olide is an example of a lactone with a fruity, floral, and waxy scent. It is the most common lactone and is used to describe fresh fruit and vegetable smells. This particular compound is 87% pure. Its coumarinic (spicy) and floral aromas are also present in the S-enantiomer. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a lactonic smell, this is the one for you.
Other lactones that have a milky scent include peach, milk, and massoia. Massoia is a rare lactone and rarely used in contemporary perfumes. It lends a woodier, peachier, and creamier note to white flowers, such as roses and lilies. Although it’s rare in contemporary perfumes, milky notes hit a nerve among perfume lovers and consumers. The scent evokes comforting elation and a sense of satisfaction. In tough times, its popularity will no doubt increase.