Oil of Geranium
Title: Oil of Geranium
Additional Names: Oil of pelargonium geranium; oil of rose geranium
Literature References: Volatile oil from leaves of Pelargonium odoratissimum Ait. and allied species, Geraniaceae. Constit. Geraniol esters, calculated as geranyl tiglate, 21-30% in Algerian or French oil, 25-35% in Bourbon oil; citronellol; some linalool.
Properties: Colorless, greenish or brownish liquid. d1515 0.894-0.905. aD20 -7 to -11°. nD20 1.4650-1.470. Slightly sol in water; sol in 3 vols 10% alcohol; more sol in stronger alcohol; very sol in chloroform, ether. Keep well closed, cool and protected from light.
Optical Rotation: aD20 -7 to -11°
Index of refraction: nD20 1.4650-1.470
Density: d1515 0.894-0.905
Use: In perfumery; as odorant for tooth and dusting powders, ointments, etc. In manuf of rhodinol, q.v.

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