Molecule of the Week

October 15, 2007

Isoamyl acetate

Isoamyl acetate is naturally produced by ripening fruit. It creates a strong, fruity banana or pear odor that is widely used to flavor foods, attract bees, and improve the smell of everything from perfumes to shoe polish. It is even used as a solvent for oil colors, lacquers, and resins; and, strangely enough, it can be used to test gas masks.