Galaxolide is a synthetic musk fragrance material commonly used in perfumery due to its versatility and low cost. It was developed by International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) in the 1960s as a replacement for natural musk, which was becoming scarce and expensive due to conservation efforts.
Galaxolide has a fresh, clean, and slightly sweet scent with musky and floral undertones. It has a long-lasting and stable fragrance profile, making it a popular choice in a wide range of fragrance types, including fine fragrances, personal care products, and household cleaners.
Some famous fragrances that use Galaxolide include:
Galaxolide is considered to be a safe fragrance material and is widely used in the industry. However, some studies have raised concerns about its potential impact on the environment and its persistence in the ecosystem. As a result, some companies have started to phase out the use of Galaxolide and other synthetic musks in their products.