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Decanal is an organic compound, typically appearing as a pale yellow liquid with a waxy-orange aroma. This ingredient appears as a component of some of the essential oil fragrances we use in our products.

Decanal is in a class of chemicals known as aldehydes, which can be found in trace amounts in many plants and their essential oils. Decanal is naturally present in citrus fruits such as Clementine Oranges (Citrus reticulata), Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) and Limes (Citrus aurantifolia); and also in the leaves of plants such as Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) and Parsley (Petroselinum crispum). It is considered a useful ingredient in the creation of fragrances, blending well with florals and enchancing potency and diffusion.

Other names: C10H20O, Capraldehyde, Capric Aldehyde, Decyl Aldehyde, Decanal (Aldehyde C-10)

Chemical class: Aldehydes


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López, M. G., Sánchez-Mendoza, I. R., & Ochoa-Alejo, N. (1999). Compartive study of volatile components and fatty acids of plants and in vitro cultures of parsley (Petroselinum crispum (Mill) nym ex hill). Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 47(8), 3292–3296.

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