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    Opoponax Resinoid 50% ETH

    Opoponax Resinoid 50% ETH

    CAS: 8021-36-1
    Regular price $4.50 USD
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    Opoponax resinoid is not as common today as it should be, perhaps due to its hardness (hence being offered here at 50% in finest food grade alcohol). It is also known as sweet myrrh which is understandable as it has a delightfully sweet caramelic note making it especially valuable nowadays due to the popularity of gourmand scents. Unsurprisingly it blends well with other gourmand notes and with the other perfumery resins. Opoponax resinoid is not to be confused with the unrelated amber bases sold under the same name.

    In the words of the great Steffen Arctander, "Opoponax is a natural oleo-gum-resin, formed as a physiological product in natural cavities or tubular vessels in the parenchym (where most of the tree’s activity takes place,) between the bark and the wood. Harvesters make incisions in the trunks, but some opoponax flows out by itself. The crude botanical product is dark reddish, rarely dark yellow or brownish, and it occurs in comparatively regular lumps, tear shaped or bean shaped, of nut size to walnut size. Its odor is sweet-aromatic, reminiscent of spicy soups (a faint resemblance to celery or lovage,) a sweet-woody undertone, and a peculiar, animal-like, also sweet and root-like note. Although to a certain degree reminiscent of myrrh, the typical difference is that opoponax has a spicy, and an animal, root-like note, neither of which is hardly, if at all, distinguishable in myrrh. The difference in odor is wide."

    Origin: Ethiopia
    Variety: Commiphora erythraea glabrescens
    Part: Exudate
    Method: Solvent extraction

    Appearance: dark brown solid (liquid in dilution)
    Longevity: > 400 hours on a smelling strip

    Usage Restrictions

    Permitted amounts in finished product:

    IFRA49: 100%
    NZCPGS: 100%

    These are derived from calculated concentrations which do not replace chromatographic quantification on individual lots. Disclaimer...

    Label Requirements

    Ingredients may need to be listed as per your local legislation based on data found in the EU allergens report.

    Additional Requirements

    For Trade Use Only

    Our products are intended as building blocks in the perfume creation process; they are not to be applied to the skin undiluted.

    These raw materials are for use by the perfumery trade only.

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    • Regulations

      All of our products are compliant with EU 1223/2009 and the NZCPGS. None of our bases contain prohibited materials and regulatory compliance is possible depending on usage.

    • IFRA Conformity

      All of our bases can be used in products requiring conformity with the latest IFRA standards. Check the use levels under the Usage Restrictions section above.

    • Nitro Musks

      Some of our products may contain small amounts of EU and IFRA compliant musk ketone. We never use musk xylene, musk ambrette or any other prohibited materials.