Saturday, October 26, 2013


Linalool is a naturally occurring terpene alcohol chemical. It is found in a lot of spice and flower plants. Linalool is found in more than 200 species of plants, and it is even found in some fungi. Linalool has many commercial application due to it's pleasant scent. Linalool is used for scent in perfumed hygiene products, soaps, shampoos, and lotions. The (S) - enantiomer is known as Licareol and it is used as a major constituent of essential oils. The (R) - enantiomer is known as Coriandrol and it is present in lavender. Linalool is also used by pest professionals and it is used as a chemical intermediate in Vitamin E. Each enantiomer in Linalool envokes a different neural response in humans, therefore possessing distinct scents. The (S) - enantiomer is sweet and floral and the (R) - enantiomer is more woody and lavender like.


  1. It's so interesting how each enantiomer confers a different neural response. This is a great example of how chirality is more than structure, but it is the reason for successful functioning of molecules to bring about the desired effect in many cases.

  2. To be honest, I clicked on this blog post because I loved the name of the molecule. Linalool! I also discovered that this molecule is quite interesting! I'm happy such a whimsical name was assigned to something so natural and nice smelling. Lavender is one of my favorite scents. I'm also interested in whether this molecule is used in medication or treatment of any kind. Great post.