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2D structural formula of Citral


What is it?

“Citral, or 3,7-dimethyl-2,6-octadienal or lemonal, is either a pair, or a mixture of terpenoids with the molecular formula C10H16O.” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This substance belongs to the group:

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) list the substance as causing allergies.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) classifies that the substance “causes skin irritation and may cause an allergic skin reaction.”

The fragrance chemical citral is classified as a frequent and well recognized allergen in CosIng, the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.

How is it used?

Citral is used as an ingredient in cosmetic⋆ and household products. The substance occurs naturally in many plants, such as lemon and orange, but citral is also synthetically manufactured on a large scale.

We use the European Commissions definition of Cosmetics:
“Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup”.

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