Damascones are a series of closely related chemical compounds that are components of a variety of essential oils. The damascones belong to a family of chemicals known as rose ketones, which also includes damascenones and ionones. beta-Damascone is a contributor to the aroma of roses, despite its relatively low concentration, and is an important fragrance chemical used in perfumery.
Biochemically, the damascones are derived from the degradation of carotenoids.
- Rose (Rosa damascena), John C. Leffingwell