Ethyl Butyrate is an ester, also commonly known as Ethyl Butanoate and Butyric Ether. Although it can be found in trace amounts in various fruits, it is commercially synthesized through a condensation reaction, by reacting ethanol and butyric acid.

This flavoursome ester is very popular for use as a flavouring agent in orange juices, alcoholic cocktails and beers, and other applications in the food and beverages sector. It is a colourless liquid and has a fruity, banana, orange, or pineapple like flavour and scent. This makes it a popular choice as a solvent in perfumes too. In the industrial sector, Ethyl Butyrate is also used as a surfactant and emulsifier.


Ethyl Butyrate’s Flavour Profile:

As a versatile, highly affordable flavouring agent, Ethyl Butyrate is often used in the manufacturing of food and nutrition products. Its flavour profile includes:

  • Apricot
  • Bubblegum
  • Cherry
  • Fig
  • Guava
  • Mango
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Pineapple
  • Plum



The Top-Note Modifier in Fragrances – Ethyl Butyrate:

Described as a rich, buttery flavour, Ethyl Butyrate is commonly used in the fragrances industry bringing a unique, fruity top-note to products such as:

  • Anti-perspirant
  • Creams and lotions
  • Deodorants
  • Lipsticks
  • Perfumes

Ethyl Butyrate is also sometimes used as a fragrance in the following products, but to a lesser extent:

  • Bath and Shower Gel
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Soap (both solid and liquid)
  • Talcum Powder


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