[si-truh-nel-awl, -ol]

Citronellol, or dihydrogeraniol, is a natural acyclic monoterpenoid. Both enantiomers occur in nature. (+)-Citronellol, which is found citronella oils, including Cymbopogon nardus (50%), is the more common isomer. (−)-Citronellol is found in the oils of rose (18-55%) and geranium.

Citronellol is used in perfumes and insect repellents, and as a mite attractant.


The United States FDA considers citronellol as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe for food use). Citronellol should be avoided by people with perfume allergy.

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