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Are you feeling most amazing? Are you experiencing a state of bliss, incredibleness, sweetness, and utmost awesomeness? A state of complete euphoria sensing the smell of coumarin? More than just feeling rosy, you must be marzipanned big time!
Coumarin marks with its distinctive smell of marzipan and freshly mown hay the dawn of modern perfumery. It is the smelling principle of tonka beans, from which Friedrich Wöhler (1800–1882) isolated itin 1856. William Henry Perkin(1838–1907) first synthesized it in 1868 by heating the sodium salt of salicylaldehyde with acetic anhydride ('Scent and Chemistry – The Molecular World of Odors', Verlag Helvetica Chimica Acta/Wiley-VCH, 2012, p. 7). It became industrially accessible in 1877, so Paul Parquet (1856–1916), chief perfumer and owner of Houbigant could use it in the creation of a perfume that imagined how ferns would smell, had god only given them a scent. The result was 'Fougère Royal' which appeared on the market in 1884, and was such a success that it gathered around it a whole family of related perfumes, the so-called fougères.
Thus, you can smell coumarin in all fougères with their typical barbershop atmosphere, but its use is of course it is not limited to these: coumarin is almost omnipresent in perfumery. Outstanding examples are Jean-Claude Ellena's 'Vétiver Tonka' (Hermessence, 2004) and 'Balmain × H&M' (2015) by Shyamala Maisondieu, in which the creamyness of the coumarin–tonka fond is enhanced by a milky sandalwood accord around Javanol.
The dimensions of this coumarin pendant are ca. 3.0 cm × 1.6 cm × 0.6 cm, and the hole for the necklace (not included) has a diameter of ca. 3.0 mm.