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Published May 15, 2020
Published May 15, 2020
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Firmenich is setting the bar on the functional fragrance trend with the launch of its new exclusive, captive ingredient called Dreamwood. Inspired by the iconic Mysore sandalwood, it offers the signature mystical, creamy olfactive warmth with demonstrated cosmetic benefits, while delivering a positive impact on the planet: 100% natural, 100% renewable carbon, and ultimately biodegradable.

Julien Firmenich, Vice President Sales, Ingredients, Perfumery, said: “Dreamwood is the cornerstone of sustainable innovation and represents the future of our ingredients business, integrating positive consumer benefits at the core level of product composition. This innovative captive opens new creative territories for sandalwood fragrances, with the full benefit of responsible business, in one ingredient.”

Firmenich’s 20-year investment in fundamental and applied research is paying off as the company continues to develop its sustainable palette responding to the needs of today market and future challenges. Dreamwood is Firmenich’s latest white biotech innovation, after leading the industry with the successful launches of Clearwood in 2014, Ambrox Super in 2016, and Z11 in 2018.

“Consumers are looking for renewable, sustainable solutions. Individuals and companies alike are examining how they can do their part to minimize their impact on the earth. Ingredients produced via biotech are one way of doing this,” said Sarah Reisinger, Vice President, Research & Development, Biotechnology,.

Dreamwood is the first Firmenich ingredient to feature cosmetic benefits. Rigorous laboratory testing shows the fragrance delivers some of the cosmetics benefits traditionally associated with sandalwood oil. Because of its antimicrobial effect and soothing properties on skin cells, it may have a positive benefit in skincare products for special needs, including blemishes.

François-Raphaël Balestra, Principal Perfumer, Director of New Ingredients Discovery, summarizes: “By being sustainable and affordable, Dreamwood is reviving natural sandalwood notes for modern perfumery creations. Dreamwood reveals its full naturalness and deep creaminess especially in heart and base notes.”


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