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EC Number
  • 204-872-5
  • InChI=1S/C10H16/c1-7-4-5-8-6-9(7)10(8,2)3/h8-9H,1,4-6H2,2-3H3 checkY
  • InChI=1/C10H16/c1-7-4-5-8-6-9(7)10(8,2)3/h8-9H,1,4-6H2,2-3H3
  • C1(=C)C2CC(CC1)C2(C)C
Molar mass 136.238 g·mol−1
Appearance Colorless liquid
Density 0.872 g/mL
Melting point −61.54 °C; −78.77 °F; 211.61 K[1]
Boiling point 165–167 °C; 329–332 °F; 438–440 K[2]
−6214.1±2.9 kJ/mol[1]
GHS labelling:
GHS02: FlammableGHS07: Exclamation markGHS08: Health hazardGHS09: Environmental hazard
H226, H304, H315, H317, H410
P210, P233, P240, P241, P242, P243, P261, P264, P272, P273, P280, P301+P310, P302+P352, P303+P361+P353, P321, P331, P332+P313, P333+P313, P362, P363, P370+P378, P391, P403+P235, P405, P501
NFPA 704 (fire diamond)
NFPA 704 four-colored diamondHealth 1: Exposure would cause irritation but only minor residual injury. E.g. turpentineFlammability 3: Liquids and solids that can be ignited under almost all ambient temperature conditions. Flash point between 23 and 38 °C (73 and 100 °F). E.g. gasolineInstability 0: Normally stable, even under fire exposure conditions, and is not reactive with water. E.g. liquid nitrogenSpecial hazards (white): no code
Flash point 36 °C (97 °F; 309 K)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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β-Pinene is a monoterpene, an organic compound found in plants. It is one of the two isomers of pinene, the other being α-pinene. It is a colorless liquid soluble in alcohol, but not water. It has a woody-green pine-like smell.

β-Pinene is one of the most abundant compounds released by forest trees.[3] If oxidized in air, the allylic products of the pinocarveol and myrtenol family prevail.[4]


Many plants from many botanical families contain the compound, including:

The clear compound is produced by distillation of turpentine oils.[10]


β-Pinene is used in fragrances and essential oils. It is also used in the production of other aroma compounds, such as myrcene and nerol (got by careful fractional distillation of crude nerol got from myrcene[11]). The myrcene is got by pyrolysis of α-Pinene or β-Pinene.[12] Reacting with formaldehyde, result is nopol. When nopol is acetylated, the result is nopyl acetate, which is used as fragrance material.[10][13]


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  2. ^ "(−)-β-Pinene". Sigma-Aldrich. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  3. ^ Geron, C., et al. (2000). A review and synthesis of monoterpene speciation from forests in the United States. Atmospheric Environment 34(11), 1761-81.
  4. ^ a b Neuenschwander, U.; Meier, E.; Hermans, I. (2011). "Peculiarities of β-pinene autoxidation". ChemSusChem. 4 (11): 1613–21. doi:10.1002/cssc.201100266. PMID 21901836.
  5. ^ Li, Rong; Jiang, Zi-Tao (2004). "Chemical composition of the essential oil of Cuminum cyminum L. From China". Flavour and Fragrance Journal. 19 (4): 311–313. doi:10.1002/ffj.1302.
  6. ^ Wang, L.; Wang, Z.; Zhang, H.; Li, X.; Zhang, H. (2009). "Ultrasonic nebulization extraction coupled with headspace single drop microextraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for analysis of the essential oil in Cuminum cyminum L". Analytica Chimica Acta. 647 (1): 72–7. doi:10.1016/j.aca.2009.05.030. PMID 19576388.
  7. ^ Tinseth, G. The Essential Oil of Hops: Hop Aroma and Flavor in Hops and Beer. Archived 2013-11-11 at the Wayback Machine Brewing Techniques January/February 1994. Accessed July 21, 2010.
  8. ^ Hillig, Karl W (October 2004). "A chemotaxonomic analysis of terpenoid variation in Cannabis". Biochemical Systematics and Ecology. 32 (10): 875–891. doi:10.1016/j.bse.2004.04.004. ISSN 0305-1978.
  9. ^ a b c d Santana de Oliveira, Mozaniel (2022). Essential oils: applications and trends in food science and technology. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. ISBN 978-3-030-99476-1.
  10. ^ a b Surburg, Horst; Panten, Johannes (2016). Common fragrance and flavor materials: preparation, properties and uses (6. completely revised and updated ed.). Weinheim: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. ISBN 978-3-527-33160-4.
  11. ^ Opdyke, D. L. J. (2013-10-22). Monographs on Fragrance Raw Materials: A Collection of Monographs Originally Appearing in Food and Cosmetics Toxicology. Elsevier. ISBN 978-1-4831-4797-0.
  12. ^ Mattiello, Joseph J. (1945). Protective and Decorative Coatings. U.S. Government Printing Office.
  13. ^ Opdyke, D. L. J. (2013-10-22). Monographs on Fragrance Raw Materials: A Collection of Monographs Originally Appearing in Food and Cosmetics Toxicology. Elsevier. ISBN 978-1-4831-4797-0.