Terpene Profile: Terpinolene C10H16 - Terpenes and Testing Magazine

Thursday, Mar 23, 2017

Like many other terpenes in our terpene profile series, terpinolene is often used as a perfume in the beauty industry. The scent is applied in many lotions, perfumes, and body washes. It is also sometimes used to make plastics and resins. The aroma emitted by this terpene has been said to be woody and sometimes smoky. Some even claim that their nostrils sense a citrus undertone. It is both less dense than and insoluble in water. Sometimes terpinolene is referred to as δ-terpinene.

Terpinolene, or δ-terpinene, comes in a group of isomeric hydrocarbons including α-terpinene, β-terpinene, γ-terpinene, and our focus: δ-terpinene. All terpenes consist of the same framework. They all have the same molecular formula but they differ in the placement of carbon-carbon double bonds.