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2D structural formula of Citronellol

CITRONELLOL

What is it?

“Citronellol, or dihydrogeraniol, is a natural acyclic monoterpenoid with the chemical formula C10H20O.” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This ingredient belongs to the group:

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

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

The substance is restricted by CosIng, the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients, for use in cosmetics within the European Union. The international Fragrance Association also  recommends a restriction of the substance in cosmetics.

Citronellol is reported as an allergen in CosIng, the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.

How is it used?

Citronellol is used as a fragrance and masking (reduces or inhibits the basic odor of a product) ingredient in cosmetics products* such as perfumes. Because of its sweet, rose like aroma, it is one of the most common fragrance ingredients.

The substance is also found in insect repellents, spices and food additives, for example in flavoring of beverages.

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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