Geranyl acetate

Geranyl acetate

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Name = Geranyl acetate
ImageFile = Geranyl acetate skeletal.svg
ImageName = Geranyl acetate
IUPACName = 3,7-Dimethyl-2,6-
octadiene acetate
OtherNames = Geranyl acetate
Acetyl geraniol
Section1 = Chembox Identifiers
CASNo = 105-87-3

Section2 = Chembox Properties
Formula = C12H20O2
MolarMass = 196.29 g/mol
Density = 0.916 g/cm3 at 15 °C
MeltingPt =<25 °C
BoilingPt = 245 °C

Geranyl acetate is a natural organic compound that is classified as a monoterpene. It is a colorless liquid with a pleasant floral or fruity rose aroma. Its condensed liquid has a sightly yellow color. Geranyl acetate is insoluble in water, but soluble in some organic solvent such as alcohol & oil.

Geranyl acetate is a natural constituent of more than 60 essential oils, including Ceylon citronella, palmarosa, lemon grass, petit grain, neroli, geranium, coriander, carrot, Camden woollybutt, and sassafras. It can be obtained by fractional distillation of essential oils.

Geranyl acetate is an ester that can be prepared semi-synthetically by the simple condensation of the more common natural terpene geraniol with acetic acid.

Geranyl acetate is used primarily as a component of perfumes for creams and soaps and as a flavoring ingredient. It is used particularly in rose, lavender and geranium formulations where a sweet fruity or citrus aroma is desired.

It is listed on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's list of substances "generally recognized as safe".


* [ Carcinogenesis Studies of Food Grade Geranyl Acetate]
*"Fragrance raw materials monographs: Geranyl acetate. "Food and Cosmetics Toxicology", Volume 12, Issues 7-8 , December 1974, Pages 885-886.

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