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Linalool | What it is, chemical structure, properties and uses

Updated: Mar 25

Have you come across this ingredient in cosmetic labels? Let's decode what it is, the benefits of linalool, and how to spot a fake lavender essential oil.


What is linalool?

Linalool is a naturally occurring compound classified as a terpene alcohol. It is found in various essential oils, particularly lavender, bergamot, coriander, and numerous other plants. Linalool is known for its pleasant floral aroma. Due to its versatile properties, it is widely used in the fragrance industry, as well as in cosmetics, personal care products, and household cleaners.

Chemical structure

Linalool has the chemical formula C₁₀H₁₈O and belongs to the family of alcohols. Its chemical structure comprises a cyclic terpene ring with an attached hydroxyl group (-OH), giving it its characteristic fragrance.


  • Aroma: Linalool has a sweet, floral scent with hints of lavender and citrus. It is often described as having a calming and relaxing aroma.

  • Color: It is a colorless to pale yellow liquid at room temperature.

  • Solubility: Linalool is soluble in alcohol and oils but insoluble in water.


  • Calming and Relaxing: Linalool is known for its soothing properties, making it a popular choice in aromatherapy for promoting relaxation and reducing stress and anxiety.

  • Anti-inflammatory: Studies suggest that linalool may have anti-inflammatory effects, helping to reduce inflammation and soothe irritated or inflamed skin.

  • Antimicrobial: Linalool exhibits antimicrobial properties, making it effective against certain bacteria and fungi. It is used in skin care products and household cleaners for its cleansing and purifying effects.

  • Skin Conditioning: Linalool has moisturizing properties that help hydrate and nourish the skin, making it beneficial for maintaining healthy skin barrier function.

  • Antioxidant: As an antioxidant, linalool helps protect the skin from oxidative stress and environmental damage, reducing the signs of aging and promoting overall skin health.

  • Mood Enhancement: The pleasant aroma of linalool is believed to have mood-enhancing effects, helping to uplift the spirits and promote a sense of well-being.

How will you know if your product has essential oil or fragrance?

Look for terms like "fragrance oil" or "perfume oil." These indicate that the product contains synthetic fragrances rather than pure essential oil.

A product with essential oil will have Lavandula angustifolia which is pure lavender or lavindin (hybrid) on its label.

We at Bambouberry use pure and organic Lavender Essential oil to provide your skin and senses with maximum benefit.


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