Sustainability is also in demand in the field of cosmetics and perfumery. In this project, we at Fraunhofer CBP want to isolate lauric acid, which is found in maggot fat, and convert it into a Chanel No. 5 fragrance.

 Perfume testing
Perfume testing

Customers want more sustainable products, especially in the cosmetics and perfumery sector! Sustainability includes, among other things, the substitution of petrochemical raw materials with bio-regenerative raw materials and the comprehensive conservation of resources, for example through regional production, as well as the ethically and morally correct treatment of all players in the supply chain.

It is precisely these customer needs for quality, economy and sustainability that are met by the M4F project. We intend to convert maggots of the soldier fly, whose food basis is organic residues, into raw materials from which fragrances can be produced.Fatty acids can be obtained from the insect fats by splitting off glycerol. One of the main components of insect fat is lauric acid.

The fragrance 2-methylundecanal, known as the top note in Chanel Nº 5, is to be obtained from this isolated fatty acid by catalytic chemical processes.

Project information

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Project duration

May 2023 – April 2026


Project partners

  • Fraunhofer CBP, Leuna
  • Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse e.V. , Rostock
  • Mitlitz Aromatics GmbH, Bitterfeld-Wolfen (Coordination)
  • oilRoq GmbH, Halle
  • madebymade GmbH, Pegau
  • CreativeQuantum GmbH, Berlin


We would like to thank the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for funding the “MADE for FRAGRANCES“ project, promotional reference 03WIR5307C, as part of the “BioZ – Biobasierte Innovationen aus Zeitz und Mitteldeutschland“ alliance supported by the “WIR!2-Bündnis“ call.

Federal Ministry of Education and Research.