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

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Colorless oily liquid with a lilac-like odor. Terpineol consists of a mixture of isomeric compounds of alpha-, beta- and gamma-terpineol and other hydroxmenthenes.

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Terpine oils are found in essential oils from many plants, such as extracts of laurel, rosemary, anise, marjoram, sage or juniper. Terpineole are also found in turpentine.

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

Cosmetics: In cosmetic formulations the oily mixture (INCI name: terpineol) is used as denaturant and solvent (dissolves other substances).

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