Terpineol (inci)

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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alpha-terpineol; beta-terpineol; delta-Terpineol; gamma-terpineol

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Terpineol consists of a mixture of the isomeric compounds, alpha-, beta-, gamma- and delta-terpineol as well as other hydroxythenes that occur naturally as secondary plant substances. Chemically, these are monocyclic monoterpenes (monoterpene alcohols).

Terpineol forms a colorless, viscous oil with a lilac-like odor. In cosmetic formulations the oily mixture is used as denaturant and solvent (dissolves other substances).

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The term "terpineol" is often used synonymously with alpha-terpineol.

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020