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Citronellol is a naturally ocurring scent ingredient derived from plants such as rose, geranium and lemongrass.

Function(s): Fragrance Ingredient; MASKING

Other names: 3,7-Dimethyl- 6-Octen-1-Ol; 3,7-Dimethyl-6-Octen-1-Ol; 3,7-Dimethyl-6-Octen-1-Ol; 3,7-Dimethyl-6-Octen-1-Ol; 6-Octen-1-Ol, 3,7-Dimethyl-; Dl-Citronellol; L-Citronellol; 2,6-Dimethyl-2-Octen-8-Ol; 3,7-Dimethyl-6-Octen-1-Ol; Cephrol; Rhodinol; Rodinol

Source:  EWG

Source: EWG

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Natural or synthetic?

Natural & Synthetic

What Is It?

Citronellol is a colorless oily liquid with a floral smell suggestive of rose. In cosmetics and personal care products, Citronellol is used in the formulation of aftershave lotions, bath products, bubble baths, cleansing products, hair care products, lipsticks, moisturizers, perfumes and colognes and skin care products.

Why is it used in cosmetics and personal care products?

Citronellol functions as a fragrance ingredient.

Safety Information: 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Citronellol as a flavoring agent for direct addition to food. The safety of Citronellol has been evaluated by the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials Expert Panel (REXPAN). Based on this evaluation, an International Fragrance Association (IFRA) Standard has been established. The IFRA Standard restricts the use of Citronellol in fragrances because of potential sensitization.

Link to the IFRA Standards:

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) defers review of individual fragrance ingredients to the IFRA program unless the ingredient has significant uses other than as a fragrance. In this case, the ingredient may be assessed by both the CIR Expert Panel and REXPAN.

More safety Information: 

Link to FDA Code of Federal Regulations for Citronellol:

The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) established an Acceptable Daily Intake of up to 0.5 mg/kg body weight Citronellol when used as a flavoring agent.

Link to the JECFA safety evaluation of Citronellol:

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CNoéma Editor