In perfume, the nearly odorless solar chemical benzyl salicylate has a magical power to open a fragrance up and add freshness, beauty, and radiance. Coco, by Chanel, is beautiful with its clove, patchouli, and lily of the valley components, but when benzyl salicylate is added to the mix, those three are transformed into the gorgeous Mellis accord – also found (with amber) in Opium by Yves Saint Laurent. In the words of famed perfumer Bernard Chant: “it produces a diffusing, blooming effect very pleasing to the public.”
The other main use of benzyl salicylate is in suntan lotions. This is partly because it was used in one of the first lotions and so became known for that purpose, but also because it has an indeterminate floral/musk scent that lends itself to fragrances that are more abstract.
In this fun little formula an overdose of the ingredient is blended with an overdose of another nearly odorless ingredient benzyl benzoate and amyl salicylate with its mildly orchid scent to give a salty suntan lotion vibe. This is paired with another massive overdose of gamma nonalactone which smells like coconut. Floral notes and green notes make this a beautiful summer fragrance (unisex) that will be loved by all. I cannot recommend this enough.
This scent has a very similar profile to the dry down of the wonderful Carolina Herrera 212 VIP men.
Bergamot, Rosewood, Mandarin
Passionfruit, Coconut, Pink Pepper
Cardamom, Cut Grass, Fresh Air
Ylang Ylang, Lily of the Valley, Osmanthus
Gardenia, Orchid, Sea Salt
Musk, Ambergris, Benzoin
Sandalwood, Vanilla, Tonka Bean
|30||Rosewood Brazil||Rosewood Oil Replacer|
|25||Ylang Ylang Superior Extra||Best you can find|
|20||Nonalactone Gamma 100%||Coconut|
|15||Bergamot Bergaptene Free|
|15||Gardenia Storm||Auram International|
|3||Pink Pepper CO2|
|2||Cis 3 Hexenol 100%|
|5||Cis 3 Hexenyl Acetate 10%|
|5||Cardamom C02 10%|
|3||Osmanthus Absolute 10%|