Canadian perfume house Monsillage have added to their soap range with three soaps based on aromachemicals: Iso E Super, Cis-3-Hexenol and Benzaldehyde.

Iso E Super

The molecule Iso E Super® was discovered in 1975 by chemists working at IFF. It evokes a light cedar note that is soft and fleeting, yet mesmerizing. It has fast become a staple ingredient in every perfumer’s organ because of its great versatility and its ability to create beautiful sillage.


Naturally present in most plants, Cis-3-Hexenol has the characteristic odour of fresh cut grass. In perfumery, it is used in many floral accords such as lily of the valley, gardenia and peony, but also in fruity accords such as apple, peach and pear. Its fresh, green scent lends a natural tone to any composition. In food flavoring, this molecule is used to create fruit and vegetable aromas. In the beer-brewing industry, it is used as a flavour-standard for green notes found in certain beers.


Benzaldehyde was discovered in 1832 by two German chemists during the analysis of bitter almond essential oil. There is also natural occurrence of this molecule in fruits such as peaches, grapes, strawberries and raspberries. It is used in perfumery mainly as an almond or cherry note, but also to add a nutty facet to gourmand accords. Beekeepers use it as a repulsive agent during honey collection in the hives. It is also the characteristic smell of white glue, in which it acts as a preservative

The three soaps, and the rest of the Monsillage soap line are available at Monsillage.comand at Twisted Lily. ($12 for 3.3oz)

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