Geranyl Acetate

Geranyl Acetate

Name: Geranyl Acetate
Alternative Names: Geraniol acetate, Bay pine (oyster) oil, Geraniol ethanoate, (2E)-3,7-dimethylocta-2,6-dienyl] acetate
Aroma Description (Perfumer’s Notes): floral, rose, lavender, green, waxy

Within “An Introduction to Perfumery” Tony Curtis & David Williams use the following classification.

  • Principle fragrance note(s): Floral, Rose, Fruity
  • Secondary fragrance note(s): Green
  • Background note(s): Lavender
  • Odour characteristics: Sweet

Archetypal Fragrances: Used in Jasmin Base, Orange Blossom base, and Rose base. Steffen Arctander adds that it is normally used within such combinations as Bergamot, Lavender, Rose, Muguet, Wallflower, Ylang Ylang, Neroli and even Leather [*]
Raw Material Family: Floral, Fruity
Note: Middle
Type: Molecule
Where From: Takasago / Pell Wall


Geranyl Acetate adds a fresh top-note to a fragrance. Widely used in floral (rose, lavender, and geranium), fruity, herbaceous, and citrus fragrances. Emotionally it delivers a fresh and uplifting reward.

Within, “An Introduction to Perfumery” Tony Curtis & David Williams lists Geranyl acetate a natural constituent in:

  • Cassie Absolute
  • Clary Sage Oil
  • Coriander Oil
  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Lime Oil
  • Palmarosa Oil
  • Petitgrain Oil
  • Rose di Mai Absolute
  • Ylang-Ylang Oils

Wikipedia states that it is a natural constituent of over 60 essential oils, including Ceylon citronella, palmarosa, lemon grass, petitgrain, neroli, geranium, coriander, carrot, Camden woollybutt, and sassafras [*].

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