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IUPAC name 3,7,11-trimethyl-2,6,10-dodecatrien-1-ol
CAS number 4602-84-0
Molecular formula C15H26O
Molar mass 222.37 g/mol
Density 0.887 g/cm3
Boiling point

111 °C at 0.35 mmHg

Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)

Infobox disclaimer and references

Farnesol is a natural organic compound which is a sesquiterpene alcohol found as a colorless liquid. It is insoluble in water, but miscible with oils.

It is present in many essential oils such as citronella, neroli, cyclamen, lemon grass, tuberose, rose, musk, balsam and tolu. It is used in perfumery to emphasize the odors of sweet floral perfumes.

Farnesol is also a natural pesticide for mites and is a pheromone for several other insects.

In a 1994 report released by five top cigarette companies, farnesol was listed as one of 599 additives to cigarettes. [1] It is a flavoring ingredient.

Health & Safety information

Farnesol should be avoided by people with perfume allergy[1].


  1. ^ Survey and health assessment of chemical substances in massage oils

See also

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