The trans-isomers are called menthone. Because the (2S,5R) isomer has negative optical rotation

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A phenylpropanoid, it occurs in the essential oils of plants such as ylang-ylang, and is a component of wood smoke and liquid smoke. It can be synthesized from eugenol and has been used in the manufacture of vanillin

Uses and Benefits

It is structurally related to menthol, which has a secondary alcohol in place of the carbonyl. Menthone is used in flavoring, perfume and cosmetics for its characteristic aromatic and minty odor.


Molecular Formula C10H12O2
Specific Gravity 
Boiling Point 208.00 °C. @ 760.00 mm Hg



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Safety Info

  • It is meant only for external use.
  • Dilute it before topical application.
  • It is for industrial use only 

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