Isoamyl Alcohol

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Isoamyl Alcohol, also known as Isopentyl Alcohol, is an organic compound with a mild, fruity odor reminiscent of bananas and pears. It is used in perfumery to introduce or enhance fruity notes in fragrance compositions, adding a sweet, fresh dimension. Beyond its role in creating or enhancing scents, it serves as a solvent and fixative, helping to blend various components and prolong the scent's longevity on the skin.

Utilized to add fruity, sweet notes in fragrances, especially in compositions aiming for a natural, fresh fruit aroma. It also acts as a solvent and fixative in perfumes.

IUPAC Name: 3-methylbutan-1-ol
CAS Number: 123-51-3
Molecular Formula: C5H12O
Molecular Weight: 88.15 g/mol
Boiling Point: 132.2 °C (270 °F)
Melting Point: -117.2 °C (-179 °F)
Class: Alcohol
Use/s: Scent
1: Isoamyl alcohol 2: 3-Methyl-1-butanol 3: Isopentyl alcohol 4: 3-Methylbutan-1-ol 5: Isopentanol 6: 3-Methylbutanol 7: Isoamylol 8: Isobutylcarbinol
Chemist Says
Isoamyl alcohol is a colorless liquid with a mild, choking alcohol odor. Less dense than water, soluble in water. Hence floats on water. Produces an irritating vapor. (USCG, 1999)
Scent profile
Scent profiles are inherently subjective and can significantly differ among individuals, and may also be influenced by the conditions at the time of evaluation. The information provided here is a synthesis of data from diverse sources, including books, cross-references, artificial intelligence analyses, and chemical research sites, aiming to present a comprehensive overview. We've distilled this information to highlight the most frequently observed scent profiles for each molecule or compound, offering a generalized perspective.

1: Fruity, Sweet, Banana-like, Pear-like
2: Fruity, Banana, Sweet
4: Banana, fruity, with a slightly boozy and solvent-like character


Isoamyl Alcohol Mass Spectrometry