Item#: 500014 CAS: 4180-23-8 FEMA: 2086
Odor Strength: High
Odor: Sweet, Anise, Licorice, Medicinal
Anethole, also known as anise camphor, is widely used in the flavor industry. Anethole is about 13 times sweeter than sugar and is perceived as being pleasant even at high concentrations. Generally, it is used for flavoring liquors, oral hygiene products, and in small amounts used to create natural berry flavors.
Anethole also shows promise when being used as an antimicrobial and antifungal. It indicates success when used to destroy bacterias, yeasts, and various fungi. It also works as an insecticide against mosquito larvae and mold mites and proves to be just as, if not more effective than its synthetic counterparts. It is particularly useful as a fumigant against cockroaches, and adult weevils and beetles.
Anethole is only partially water-soluble but is mostly soluble in ethanol. It is responsible for the opaque effect (known as the Ouzo Effect) that takes place when anise-flavored liquors, such as absinthe and anisette, are diluted with water.
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