Authors: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer, Prof. Dr. med. Martina Bacharach-Buhles

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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3,7-Dimethyl-2,6-octadien-1-ol; Geraniol (INCI-Kennzeichnung)

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Geraniol, an unsaturated alcohol(terpene derivative), is the main ingredient of geranium extracts.

Geraniol (3,7-dimethyl-2,6-octadien-1-ol) is one of the most frequently used compounds in the perfume industry. Pelargonium hybrids contain up to 35% of the rose-scented liquid.

Geraniol is produced, today almost exclusively synthetically (e.g. from pine trees).

It is used in perfumes, toothpastes and powders and many other toiletries as well as food and beverages.

Allergies are not rare. Described are: Airborne contact dermatitis, contact allergic eczema, angioedema.

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The cis-form of geraniol is called Nerol.

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