- Sep 7, 2012
I wonder if anyone here knows whether Moxalone is biodegradable or not.
I can give you my (expert/professional) opinion from looking at the molecular structure. It looks like the type of thing that will be very resistant to complete biodegredation and that its break-down products would persist in the environment for a long time, but will not be impossible to biodegrade.I wonder if anyone here knows whether Moxalone is biodegradable or not.
Re-igniting Moxalone. An ingredient that is very little known of online as far as I can tell, except it is a Givaudan captive (could not find any release info). Anyone here somehow got more info, insider or not?
Moxalone was patented in the 80s, along with other epoxides derived from a Givaudan-musk called Klausenone (Klauscenone acc. to Herrmann, see below). The story behind the development can be read in Kraft, Philip et al.: Odds and trends - Recent developments in the chemistry of odorants, 2000, p. 3004 (link to publisher). It's structurally related to Cashmeran, but it's the only epoxide/oxirane musk. (Herrmann, Andreas: The chemistry and biology of volatiles, 2010, pp. 188-189 and Ohloff, Günther et al.: Scent and Chemistry, ²2022, p. 354.)
The patents - Europe (German) and US - include demonstration formulas. (Moxalone is "epoxide 2", 6,7-Epoxy-1,1,3,4,4,6-hexamethyl-1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8-octahydronaphthalene.)
It's contained in a number of perfumes, e.g. in CK Be at around 0.62% (see Ohloff et al. cited above) and in Paris Baby Doll by YSL at ~1.2% (see Kraft et al. cited above).
Thank you very much Alex, it was a fun read of patent (though I didn't understand 90% of it, 10% that made some sense was worth it).
My takeaway: It's a fruity-musk, pear-like, in the vein of Helvetolide, Ambrettolide, Edenolide etc. with top note effects.
I would still look forward to hear feedback from anyone who had a chance to smell.
Very helpful! And how lucky you are!It is _really_ very beautiful musky with (cashmeran-smooty) woody-fruity shades - and I thought 'ok that is the reason why they keep it captive'.
Genetic Bliss is exactly what triggered my curiosity on Moxalone. I was comparing it every now and then to my signature scent, CdG - Wonderoud, and trying to pick up these subtle differences side by side and maybe reach a conclusion to justify these captives. Happy to see some verifications from you which is 100% in line with what was I thinking. That abstract rotundone/peppery vibe with Akigalawood with some berry-pear nuance (trying to find to what extent Moxalone was responsible of it)...Though Wonderoud has a similar fruity note lurking in the background that's probably from Cashmeran/Iso E and perhaps a similar musk, but Genetic Bliss has a different charm in that aspect. For a regular user I think it wouldn't even matter much, but for perfumers and hobbyists I think it is quite intriguing. Thanks a ton!It is heavy 'ovedosed' in 'Genetic Bliss' (27 87 perfumes, 2018) by Jórdi Fernandez