from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A colorless to yellowish liquid, C13H20O, having a strong odor of violets and used in perfumes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a series of closely related aromatic chemical substances that are part of a group of compounds known as rose ketones, including damascones and damascenones, found in a variety of essential oils.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In chem., a hydro-aromatic ketone, made artificially from the citral of lemon-grass and other oils, possessing in a marked degree the odor of violet flowers, and hence used with advantage in modern perfumery.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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  • As it turns out, what makes tea roses smell the way they do is their orange colour, due to presence of beta carotene, and also a type of ionone, which is what make it smell as fresh as a cup of green tea.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • The trick he arrived at was mating a synthetic called ionone, which, as far as he knew, had only been used to make the scent of violets, and Hedione (the trade name for the synthetic molecule methyl dihydrojasmonate, originally found in jasmine), a heady, ethereal, glowing smell.

    University Diaries

  • When Glass Petal Smoke asked him if there was a little heliotropin in the mix Kaiser responded with scientific precision, This heliotropin related note is mainly generated by the interaction of the main constituent hydroquinone dimethyl ether with beta-ionone including derivatives and methyl cinnamate.

    Royal Paulownia: The Perfume of Spring Along the Hudson

  • The result was very much to my liking: cheerful and light rose with none of the muddiness that can so easily darken an all-natural rose fragrance, with ionone and tea depths that make it interesting and long lasting and quite diffusive.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • He created the abstract suggestion of un-steeped tea leaves by pairing two molecules: hedione (a component in Jasmine) and ionone (a component in Violet Leaf).

    Archive 2009-06-01

  • I think they are so much prettier and refreshing than the Damascena or Centirolia roses this is due to the presence of the violety ionone in this Asian variety of rose0.

    My very favorite smelly things this winter

  • At first bite, aspects of naturally occurring ionone flirt with the palate, massaging the taste buds with notes of strawberry, raspberry and blackberry.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • Lastly, the yield is relatively low which makes it prohibitive; yet at the same time, the presence of irone, a violet-like molecule similar in its aroma to ionone, makes it invaluable in perfumery.

    Orchid, Pudding, Perfume: The Sahleb Story

  • I believe it's got some ionone violet notes in addition to cedar and vetiver, which seems to at least have been inspired by the original Ernest Beaux composition.

    In Which I Infiltrate Chanel

  • DMTS: SULFUR isovaleraldehyde: SWEET a-ionone: FLOWERS linalool: FLOWERS

    The Science of Coffee


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