Linalyl acetate

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Linalyl acetate[1]
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CAS number 115-95-7 YesY
PubChem 8294
ChemSpider 13850082 YesY
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Molecular formula C12H20O2
Molar mass 196.29 g mol−1
Appearance Colorless liquid
Density 0.895 g/cm3
Melting point 85 °C (185 °F; 358 K)
Boiling point 220 °C (428 °F; 493 K)
Solubility in water Insoluble
Solubility in ethanol and diethyl ether Soluble
Flash point 69.6 °C (157.3 °F; 342.8 K)
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Linalyl acetate is a naturally occurring phytochemical found in many flowers and spice plants. It is one of the principal components of the essential oils of bergamot and lavender.[1] Chemically, it is the acetate ester of linalool, and the two often occur in conjunction.

Synthetic linalyl acetate is sometimes used as an adulterant in essential oils to make them more marketable. For example, it may be added to lavandin oil which is then sold as more desirable lavender oil.

The chemical tastes similar to how it smells with a pleasant fruity odor reminiscent of bergamot mint oil. It is found in Mentha citrata and is mildly toxic to humans, toxic to fish, and extremely toxic to daphnia. Linalyl acetate is also combustible.

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  1. ^ a b The Merck Index, 15th Ed. (2013), p. 1022, Monograph 5551, O'Neil: The Royal Society of Chemistry. Available online at: