Hedione is a synthetic fragrance ingredient that has a light, fresh, and slightly floral scent. It was first synthesized in 1962 by the Swiss fragrance and flavor company Firmenich. Hedione is used extensively in perfumery, where it is valued for its ability to add a luminous, airy quality to fragrances.
Hedione is a derivative of the compound methyl jasmonate, which is found in jasmine and other flowers. It has a delicate, slightly sweet aroma that is reminiscent of jasmine and other white flowers. Hedione is also sometimes described as having a green, citrusy, or lemony scent.
Some famous fragrances that feature Hedione as a key ingredient include:
Hedione is also used in many other fragrances, both for men and women, as well as in other scented products like candles, soaps, and lotions. Its ability to add a fresh, radiant quality to fragrances has made it a popular ingredient with perfumers for over half a century.