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Citronellol is an aromatic chemical, usually appearing as a clear liquid with a fresh rosy odour and bitter taste. It is naturally present in the essential oils of many plants, particularly rose, geranium and lemongrass. Citronellol is used as a component of many fragrances and food flavourings for its floral-citrus notes. It is one of the main components of citronella oil, which is used as a natural insect repellent.

Citronellol is naturally present as a component of many of the essential oils we use as fragrances for our products. Although this molecule is found in nature, it can still have a negative effect on some people who may be sensitive to its oxidized compounds, which can be irritating to the skin. We list this ingredient on our packaging to help people who have a sensitivity easily identify it.

Other names: C10H20O, beta-Citronellol, 3,7-dimethyloct-6-en-1-ol

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EWG score: The EWG score is a hazard score ranging from 1-2 (low hazard), 3-6 (moderate hazard) and 7-10 (high hazard) published by the Environmental Working Group. Their data is sourced from the Skin Deep® database and studies published in open scientific literature.