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Number: AC0891 | AC K-03


Kephalis (Givaudan) 
is a very versatile and rich product, used as a long lasting heart/basic note. It blends well with floral notes (jasmine, rose, violet, lavender, etc.) as well as sophisticated amber, woody-aldehydic, tobacco and masculine creations.

Odor Strength: Medium


Odor Type: wood


Longevity: 96 Hours


Note: Base


Use Up To: 8%

In Fragrance Concentration.


Flash Point: 261.00 °F. TCC ( 127.22 °C. )



CAS # 36306-87-3

Product Reviews

(9 Ratings, 4 Reviews) Average Rating:
Building Block
RRUGGER (New York, NY) 1/13/2020 5:04 PM
This is a wonderful material that becomes one of your building blocks as you learn more and more how to use it. It provides exceptional diffusion and synergy at relatively low amounts, it makes any wood EO bloom, and it blends beautifully with Orris Root and Violet Leaf. It works as an aldehyde or an Iso E Super (depending on the blend) imparting radiance where you didn't think you wanted it, until you blended it and got it. It works wonders as part of a Sandalwood Accord, or with Pink Peppercorn to support it from the base, or with Vetiver, Patchouli and Oud. As a building block in a perfumer's organ, I find it indispensable for precious woods base accords.
exquisite, slightly spicy
Parker Turtenwald (Olympia, WA) 10/10/2019 11:15 PM
Certainly a fascinating material, deserves 5 out of 5 stars. Has so many subtle facets, really hard to describe, but I'll try... beautiful exquisite sort of grapefruit-vetiver, rich Virginia tobacco, chemical patchouli smell, also with a more spicy woody character like beta-caryophyllene. Overall Kaphalis kind of reminds one of the smell of Pine-Sol cleaner or turpentine, but in a much better way, if that makes sense. the grapefruit-vetiver-tobacco (it's a single note, that exists somewhere between those smells) smell is a little mossy as well, maybe 30%. It's that light mossiness aspect that I really like. It definitely has both some dry tobacco and damp mossy character, but the dry tobacco facet outweighs the damp facet by 65 to 35 %. The vetiver/tobacco dominates much more than the grapefruit/moss. It does smell natural and exquisite but it also half smells synthetic and chemical, in another way. The exquisite aspect makes me think of a fine hand woven ornate Persian rug. I almost get a slight dry clear cedar in the afternotes of Kephalis. (It's subtly astringent and harsh like cedar but not at all balsamic) Observation about the smell of Kephalis on skin: There's a surface to it like Clary Sage, maybe just a little bit softer than that. It has a green facet, but not the typical acetate green, more like a tobacco and moss green, tobacco juice-like, also the wood shavings commonly used in the bottom of animal cages, maybe a light white cedar wood smells like it could be a natural material, or really close to that. If you can imagine Clary Sage, but a deeper softer version, with a medium to moderate tobacco facet, mostly dry, kind of cedar-like dryness, but with maybe the tiniest bit of wet tobacco leaf aspect too. I'm also getting something in the undertones that's like the leaves combined with the wood of eucalyptus trees, but without the cold camphor aspect (or only the tiniest bit of camphor).
Timothy Wood (Olathe, KS) 5/31/2016 4:11 PM
I agree with every word Matt said. I received this as a sample and am now wishing I had ordered more. It has a rich wood to slightly floral smell. This would work great in masculine blends, as the description states. I'm using it in a blend of a sandalwood base with violet leaf and flower mids and verbena and citrus/herbaceous top notes. Great stuff!
Matt Salas (CA) 1/15/2015 2:47 AM
In woody fragrances, and with resins, this chem performs in much the same way that Hedione does for florals. It doesnt have a particularly strong scent on it's own, but it lends a surprisingly huge amount of diffusion to woody basenotes. Can help a little bit of Oud go a long way.