Linaloe wood (→ linalool) is known as 'Likari kanali' (→ licareol) by the natives of French Guiana and as 'Bois de rose' by their former colonists. It is also known as sarsaffras, bois jaune, bois de citron de Cayenne, cedre jaune, or copahu wood. But no matter how the wood is called where (R)-(–)-linalool was isolated from in 1881 by H. Morin, it is no woody odorant, but the epitome of soft floral freshness. And you know what 'fresh' means: cool, fly, and in style, which this pendant certainly is.
(R)-(–)-Linalool [licareol, (6R)-(–)-2,6-dimethylocta-2,7-dien-6-ol] is present to the extend of 90% in rosewood oil of Brazil and French Guiana (linaloe wood oil, Bois de Rose), and (R)-(–)-linalool (32%) together with its corresponding acetate (38%) are also the most important constituents of lavender oil (Lavandula angustifolia Mill., family Labiatae = Lamiaceae, cf. 'Scent and Chemistry – The Molecular World of Odors', Verlag Helvetica Chimica Acta/Wiley-VCH, 2012, p. 242–247), where they make up 70% of the essential oil. (S)-(+)-Linalool is also known as coriandrol as it constitutes about 70% of coriander oil. Both enatiomers possess, however, a lavender note, which is more prominent in the (R)-(–)-enantiomer that has a lower detection threshold but also a more woody character ('Scent and Chemistry – The Molecular World of Odors', Verlag Helvetica Chimica Acta/Wiley-VCH, 2012, p. 128–129). (S)-(+)-Linalool is sweeter, more reminiscent of petitgrain, and also weaker, and that is why its fresher, more authentic (R)-(–)-antipode was selected for the pendant.
Linalool is probably the most widely occurring terpene alcohols in nature, and can be regarded as parent structure for a great variety of monoterpenoids. It can be converted to terpineol, geraniol, citral, citronellol, ionones, vitamin A, farnesol, and elongated to a number of sesquiterpenes. In perfumery, linalool is indispensible to provide floral freshness, and with its soft floral sweetness constitutes a universal fresh top note between lavender and bergamot. It is especially important in freesia, lavender, bergamot, coriander, lily of the valley, lilac, lily, jasmine, honeysuckle, petitgrain and neroli accords. A prominent freesia fragrance with some 10% linalool and ethyl linalool together is 'Ralph' (Ralph Lauren, 2000) by Alain Alchenberger.
Linalool, ethyl linalool, and linalyl acetate for scenting the pendant are easily available, for instance from Perfumer's Apprentice. The dimensions of the linalool pendant are ca. 3.3 cm × 1.5 cm × 1.3 cm, and the eyelet hole has a diameter of ca. 3.2 mm. This makes it compatible with a wide variety of necklaces, for instance a basic Thomas Sabo Glam & Soul KE1107-001-12 necklace in Sterling silver.
For more information on linalool, see… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linalool
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