Green Tea and Methyl dihydrojasmonate

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My kids get into everything I own. I tell them they need to ask first, but they rarely do. Now, I find myself being a hypocrite.

I use my daughter’s Green Tea Scrub without asking. What makes it worse is that she bought it with her own money, so technically I’m stealing. I feel bad about it, but it smells so good, it’s impossible to resist.

Why does it smell so good? I have some guesses:

 

When formulating a green tea flavor, a scientist will look for floral, sweet, hay, woody, and green notes. Items like 3-Methyl 2,4, nonanedione, beta Ionone, Viridine and Damascenone are very potent and must be used at very, very low levels. Esters and alcohols, such as cis-3- Hexenol, Geraniol, Linalool, Geranyl acetate fill in the flavor by adding top note. Sage Clary is compromised of Linalyl acetate and linalool and is reminiscent of tea. Nitrogen compounds, like 2,3,5,6 tetramethyl pyrazine, can also be used to add toasted notes.

Boronia flower extract is less likely to be in my daughter’s green tea scrub. Why, because the scrub only cost a few dollars and Boronia is scarce and expensive. Synthetic compounds like Methyl dihydrojasmonate and beta-Ionone are inexpensive alternatives for the natural flower extract. Boronia is so precious, that I’ve worked for a company that kept it locked in a safe.

So instead of Boronia, there is Methyl dihydrojasmonate, which is one of my all time favorite ingredients and coincidently reportedly found in boronia flowers. This compound, also known as Hedione by Firmenich, is floral(jasmine), sweet and has a fullness that is long-lasting. I consider this compound essential for tea and strawberry flavors. Senior Flavor Chemist, John Wright prefers a similar compound, Methyl jasmonate , because it is a bit more versatile.

I am not able to resist the  aroma of green tea, but find drinking green tea  another story. For me, green tea can be bitter. Matcha milk bubble tea is more my style, I like my green tea creamy, sweet and slightly floral.

 

 

 

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  1. Cool, I like the flavor of green-tea when it is creamy as well. I lived in Japan for a long time, and I wish I drank more green tea. I never understood the appeal of it though, and didn’t drink much. I really appreciate your discussion of chemistry of the scrub.

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