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fatty alcohol


Other Name(s):

Farnesyl Alcohol; CAS# 4602-84-0

Farnesol is one of the classic fragrance notes found in many essential oils including Balsam, Citronella, Lemongrass, Neroli, Musk, Rose and more.

Is Farnesol Faithful to Nature?


Farnesol occurs naturally in many sustainable plant sources. It is present in many essential oils. However, those with sensitive skin should always perform a patch test first to determine if it is compatible with their skin.

Benefits: Why is Farnesol Used?

Floral Scent

Farnesol has a distinctive fragrance reminiscent of lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis).


Farnesol can kill of certain bacteria and is used for this property in certain skincare products.

Natural Pesticide

Farnesol is used as a natural repellant against mites.


Farnesol can be used as a natural flavour enhancer in foods.

Farnesol can be found in certain single ingredient essential oils mentioned above but is also used in fragrance and perfume products. Farnesol will be listed on cosmetic and skincare products like lotions, moisturisers, creams, face washes, serums and more if they are formulated using essential oils which contain Farnesol.

Farnesol occurs naturally in essential oils.

Farnesol is being researched by the Environmental Protection Agency as a potentially non-toxic, 100% biodegradable pesticide for sustainable food crop management.

EU regulations specify that certain fragrance oils commonly found in natural essential oils must be labelled separately on ingredient lists on cosmetic product labels. The EU governing bodies specify this because they are recognised as potential allergens which can irritate sensitive skin. Farnesol is one of these and as such it’s always best to perform a patch test to determine if a product containing it is compatible with your skin.

Notice: The information provided here is not intended as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.

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