Solvay introduces Eugenol Synth, an innovation for fragrance applications with olfactory properties comparable to that derived from cloves. The new high purity synthetic eugenol will provide a reliable alternative to help meet Flavors & Fragrance (F&F) market demand for applications for which natural origin is not essential.

Solvay has developed a robust and competitive process to produce synthetic eugenol to offset the quality, supply and price fluctuations occurring in the sourcing of natural eugenol extracted from cloves.

“Solvay strategically extends its aroma chemicals portfolio pushing the boundaries with a commitment to innovate and anticipate F&F market expectations,” said Corinne Duffy, Technical Marketing Manager & Eugenol Project Manager at Solvay Aroma Performance.” Thanks to our back integration in guaiacol, a key intermediate in our diphenol chain, our R&I teams have been able to develop an innovative process successfully scaled up to produce synthetic eugenol.” 

Eugenol derived from cloves, is an aromatic flower spice used widely across flavor (food and beverage) and fragrance applications. Because of its analgesic and antiseptic properties, it is also used in oral care formulations such as toothpastes and mouthwashes. In addition, it can be used in technical applications such as an intermediate for polymers.

Solvay’s new Eugenol Synth is produced at the company’s Saint-Fons, Lyon site in France and is commercially available globally. To learn more about Solvay’s portfolio of fragrance solutions please visit solvay.com.


About Solvay 

Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 24,100 employees in 64 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress. The Group seeks to create sustainable shared value for all, notably through its Solvay ONE Planet plan crafted around three pillars: protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering better life. The Group’s innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care applications, water and air purification systems. Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the world’s top three companies for the vast majority of its activities and delivered net sales of €10.2 billion in 2019. Solvay is listed on Euronext Brussels (SOLB) and Paris and in the United States, where its shares (SOLVY) are traded through a Level I ADR program. Learn more at www.solvay.com.

About Solvay Aroma Performance 

Solvay Aroma Performance is a global leading producer of diphenols, and the world’s largest integrated producer of vanillin for food, flavors & fragrances industries. Aroma Performance also produces a wide range of synthetic intermediates, used in monomers and polymers, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and electronics markets. Aroma Performance Global business unit owns manufacturing plants and sales offices on 3 continents.

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