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Safrole is an organic compound that occurs naturally in sassafras plants. It is a colorless or slightly yellow oily liquid with a sweet, spicy aroma reminiscent of sassafras.

Historically used in perfumery and as a flavoring agent. However, its use has been significantly restricted due to its potential carcinogenicity.

IUPAC Name: 5-prop-2-enyl-1,3-benzodioxole
CAS Number: 94-59-7
Molecular Formula: C10H10O2
Molecular Weight: 162.18 g/mol
Boiling Point: 450 to 453 °F (232.2 to 234.6 °C)
Melting Point: 11.2 °C (52.2 °F)
Class: Ether
Use/s: Scent
1: safrole 2: Safrol 3: 5-Allyl-1,3-benzodioxole 4: Shikimole 5: Shikomol 6: Safrene 7: Safrole MF 8: Sassafras 9: Shikimol
Chemist Says
Safrole appears as clear colorless or slightly yellow liquid with the odor of sassafras. Denser than water (density 1.09 g / cm3) and insoluble in water. Hence sinks in water. Obtained from oil of sassafras or oil of camphor.
Scent: Sassafras
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: Sweet, Spicy
2: Sweet, Spicy, Sassafras
3: Sassafras odor
4: Sassafras, sweet, with a slightly spicy and woody character

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Safrole Mass Spectrometry