Menthyl acetate

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Not to be confused with methyl acetate.
L-Menthyl acetate[1]
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IUPAC name
Acetic acid [(1R,2S,5R)-2-isopropyl-5-methylcyclohexyl] ester
Other names
(1R)-(−)-Menthyl acetate
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PubChem 220674
Molar mass 198.30 g/mol
Density 0.92 g/mL
Boiling point 229 to 230 °C (444 to 446 °F; 502 to 503 K)
Flash point 77 °C (171 °F; 350 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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Menthyl acetate is a natural monoterpene which contributes to the smell and flavor of peppermint. It is the acetate ester of menthol. Menthyl acetate constitutes 3-5% of the volatile oil of mentha piperita.[2]


  1. ^ L-Menthyl acetate at Sigma-Aldrich
  2. ^ PDR for Herbal Medicines, 4th Edition, Thomson Healthcare, page 640. ISBN 978-1-56363-678-3