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Citronellol is a very common fragrance ingredient with a nice rose-like odor. In the UK, it’s actually the third most often listed perfume on the ingredient lists. 

It can be naturally found in geranium oil (about 30%) or rose oil (about 25%). 

As with all fragrance ingredients, citronellol can also cause allergic contact dermatitis and should be avoided if you have perfume allergy. In a 2001 worldwide study with 178 people with known sensitization to fragrances citronellol tested positive in 5.6% of the cases.

There is no known anti-aging or positive skin benefits of the ingredient. It’s in our products to make it smell nice. 

Show me some proof

  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Volume 9 (3)–Sep 1, 2010, Original Contribution: Top 10 botanical ingredients in 2010 anti‐aging creams

Products with Citronellol

Le Couvent Des Minimes Everyday Deodorant With Alum Stone MELVITA Organic Rose Floral Water Boots Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz Botanics Nourishing Facial Oil With Rosehip Rose & Co Rose Petal Salve Lip Balm Tube Dr Hauschka Facial Toner Skincare Cosmetics Retinol Hydrating Facial Mist Arya Laya Regeneration Tonik The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Trader Joe's Rose Water Facial Toner alverde Face Oil Gesichts-Öl Bio Wildrose Blue Beautifly Organic Rosehip Oil Serum Imperial Leather Facial Cleansing Wipes Oil Balancing Kiehl’s Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist Neal's Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil Votary Cleansing Oil – Rose Geranium And Apricot WILD SAGE & CO. Three Flowers + Clay Soap Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate Lush Rosy Cheeks Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion Neal's Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Toner Ren Rosa Centifolia 3-In-1 Cleansing Water Rosaimpex Bulgarian boutique rose Rose Water With Rose Oil Rosense Foaming Cleanser The Jojoba Company Oily Skin Balancer Trilogy Rosehip Transformation Cleansing Oil COLAB Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo + Emma Hardie Brilliance Facial Oil Grown Alchemist Gentle Gel Facial Cleanser: Geranium Leaf, Bergamot & Rose-Bud InLight Face Oil Kjaer Weiss Beautiful Oil Korres Wild Rose 15% Vitamin C Spotless Serum Maryse Bio Nutrient Face Oil rå oils Skin Rescue Face And Body Oil Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol Antipodes Divine Face Oil Organic Avocado Oil & Rosehip BIOSILK Silk Therapy Lite Balea Beauty Effect Tuchmaske Benefit Cosmetics Benetint By Terry Liftessence Oil Elixir Carmex Original Tube Lipbalm Glow Lab Facial Toner Lyonsleaf Calendula Cream Nivea Care Nourishing Cream With Shea Butter Origins Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion Patyka Huile Absolue Skin Booster Serum Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum Ren Instant Firming Beauty Shot