Agent Name

Farnesol

CAS Number

4602-84-0

Formula

C15-H26-O

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Trimethyl dodecatrienol; 2,6,10-Dodecatrien-1-ol, 3,7,11-trimethyl-; 3,7,11-Trimethyl-2,6,10-dodecatrien-1-ol; 3,7,11-Trimethyl-2,6,10-dodecatrienol; FCI 119a; Farnesyl alcohol; Stirrup; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Plant Oils and Extracts

Description

Colorless liquid with a delicate floral odor; [Hawley]

Sources/Uses

Constituent of oils of citronella, neroli, cyclamen, lemon grass, tuberose, rose, musk, balsam Peru, and tolu; [Merck Index] An insect hormone; Used in perfumes and as a flavoring agent; [Hawley]

Comments

A mild irritant on rabbit skin; [RTECS] Danger of skin sensitization; [MAK] Included in list of "established contact allergens in humans"; [ToxPlanet: EC: Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety: Fragrance allergens in cosmetic products (2011)] Safe when used as a flavoring agent in food; [JECFA] May cause irritation; [MSDSonline]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

3.94E-5 mm Hg

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

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