Galaxolide has a clean, sweet, and slightly floral odour, and it is often used in fragrances to add a smooth, creamy, and musky note. It is a highly stable compound that is resistant to oxidation and degradation, which means that it can help to extend the lifespan of a fragrance too!
One of the key advantages of galaxolide is its versatility. It can be used in a wide range of fragrance types, from fresh and light scents to heavier, more complex fragrances. It also (less famously know for) its use in laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and other household products for its longevity.
Galaxolide is also considered to be one of the safer synthetic musks. It is not known to be toxic or carcinogenic, and it is not considered to be a skin irritant or sensitiser. However, like many fragrance ingredients, some people may be sensitive to galaxolide and experience skin irritation or other adverse reactions.
While galaxolide is generally considered to be safe for use in fragrances and other products, there is some concern about its potential environmental impact. It is not easily biodegradable, and it has been detected in waterways and other environmental samples. Some studies have suggested that it may have the potential to accumulate in the environment and may have negative effects on aquatic organisms.
More work is to be done. What we do know is that with our unquenchable human desire for long-lasting fragrances, galoxolide will continue to play an important role in the fragrance industry.