An ‘overdose’ of aldehyde was what gave way to one of the most iconic perfumes, Chanel No.5. The aldehyde used in Chanel No.5 smells just like soap and was what drew Coco Chanel to it. She wanted her fragrance to imbue the freshness of soap rather than the typical citrus notes of that time. Thus, this bold and daring fragrance carved a name for itself amidst the classical florals of the 1920s.
Aldehydes used in perfumes are reproduced in the lab and are a family of ingredients that take on several different personalities. They can smell citrusy, green, floral or even metallic! Combined with floral notes of rose or jasmine, aldehydes will bring a champagne like fizz to your scent!