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    Default Litsea Cubeba / May Chang

    From the Note Identification Project Thread:

    Litsea Cubeba
    (eo, china): first impression pure bigsized lemon, after some seconds it develops into something pleasantly mellow, and with some zesty notes. the odour intensity of it is enormous i would give it an 9 out of ten.
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    This is a monster lemon scent that will overpower just about anything else. Incredibly strong citrus.

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    Cooler, sharper and much heavier citrus than my lemon oil with an initial hit to the nose like eucalyptus then a slightly floral edge that reminds me of hawthorn blossom.

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    Default Re: Litsea Cubeba / May Chang

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Elly View Post
    This is a monster lemon scent that will overpower just about anything else. Incredibly strong citrus.
    Strongest lemon scent I have ever experienced.

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    Not surprising since it is mostly citral! I have not smelled honey myrtle but apparently it's supposed to have the highest content.

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    One image Litsea brings to mind is that of one taking a big spoonful of lemon sorbet outside on a sunny day: A very "sunny" intense lemon/citrus follow by a good dose of freshness and a certain coolness. Personally I am a big fan as it reminds of my favorite ice block that has since gone out of production (Fruju tropical snow for those kiwis amoung us)

    From my experience it seems to add a bit of lift and freshness/lightness to spice-centic blends when used in small amounts. It also is useful when you want a citrus note to last that little bit longer in an accord.

    In higher concentrations in some blends it does tend to get a bit headaches for me and sometimes causes something of a lemon-detergent effect if one is particularly injudicious.

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    When I first bought Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil over a year ago I thought it was overpoweringly citrus -even when diluted and I would never use it. Now, on a whim I added it to a blend with Palmarosa, Cypriol and Palo Santo in about equal parts at full strength (this was for a diffuser blend) and it smelled like a wonderful Butternut Rum accord. I dropped Litsea on a fragrance strip by itself and it matured into a milder lemon with a buttery back note. Has anyone else noticed this? Or maybe it has actually gone "bad" or perhaps its been contaminated or cut with something at the supplier's.

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    Litsea Cubeba oil is mainly Citral, Limonene with some Methyl Heptenone; it is the later that could be described as "buttery".

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Ruskin View Post
    Litsea Cubeba oil is mainly Citral, Limonene with some Methyl Heptenone; it is the later that could be described as "buttery".
    Thanks for that info David. I love learning about the chemical constituents but it gets kinda hard trying to figure out what particular botanical or essential oil is composed of - once I find out what is in it ie Linalool in Blueberries - its not hard to figure out what where else that chemical occurs via Good Scents. Would you happen to know some resources on the web for finding the chemical constituents of various things (in particular, if possible that is, in what percentage?). It would be a tremendous asset to my olfactory education and you would have my gratitude.

    Thanks!

    Gnome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gnome View Post
    Thanks for that info David. I love learning about the chemical constituents but it gets kinda hard trying to figure out what particular botanical or essential oil is composed of - once I find out what is in it ie Linalool in Blueberries - its not hard to figure out what where else that chemical occurs via Good Scents. Would you happen to know some resources on the web for finding the chemical constituents of various things (in particular, if possible that is, in what percentage?). It would be a tremendous asset to my olfactory education and you would have my gratitude.

    Thanks!

    Gnome
    Not an easy question to answer! The Good Scents guide does have some GC information, in fact they have a typical GC analysis for Litsea Cubeba oil. I Googled "Litsea Cubeba oil GC" and the Good Scents site was the first on the list. However, that means you need to know which oil you are interested in. The only general guide to the chemical constituents of Essential oils that I can think of is horribly expensive, and is sold by Perfumer and Flavourist magazine. They also print a selection of analyses in each edition of the magazine (well they did the last time I looked which was several years ago). Getting the magazine is easy enough, although it is not cheap either, getting the book is another matter.

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    Default Re: Litsea Cubeba / May Chang

    Quote Originally Posted by Gnome View Post
    Would you happen to know some resources on the web for finding the chemical constituents of various things (in particular, if possible that is, in what percentage?)
    Stillpoint Aromatics lists GCMS data for most of their products. I actually keep their site bookmarked because its a good rough-guide resource.

    Plus there's the Essential Oil University database -a very extensive resource, but there is a monthly fee involved.
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