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IUPAC name
Other names
endo-2-Bornanol, Borneo camphor
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.006.685 Edit this at Wikidata
EC Number
  • 207-352-6
UN number 1312
  • InChI=1S/C10H18O/c1-9(2)7-4-5-10(9,3)8(11)6-7/h7-8,11H,4-6H2,1-3H3/t7-,8+,10+/m1/s1 checkY
  • InChI=1/C10H18O/c1-9(2)7-4-5-10(9,3)8(11)6-7/h7-8,11H,4-6H2,1-3H3/t7-,8+,10+/m1/s1
  • O[C@H]1C[C@H]2CC[C@]1(C)C2(C)C
Molar mass 154.253 g·mol−1
Appearance colorless to white lumps
Odor pungent, camphor-like
Density 1.011 g/cm3 (20 °C)[1]
Melting point 208 °C (406 °F; 481 K)
Boiling point 213 °C (415 °F; 486 K)
slightly soluble (D-form)
Solubility soluble in chloroform, ethanol, acetone, ether, benzene, toluene, decalin, tetralin
−1.26×10−4 cm3/mol
GHS labelling:
GHS02: Flammable
P210, P240, P241, P280, P370+P378
NFPA 704 (fire diamond)
NFPA 704 four-colored diamondHealth 2: Intense or continued but not chronic exposure could cause temporary incapacitation or possible residual injury. E.g. chloroformFlammability 2: Must be moderately heated or exposed to relatively high ambient temperature before ignition can occur. Flash point between 38 and 93 °C (100 and 200 °F). E.g. diesel fuelInstability 0: Normally stable, even under fire exposure conditions, and is not reactive with water. E.g. liquid nitrogenSpecial hazards (white): no code
Flash point 65 °C (149 °F; 338 K)
Safety data sheet (SDS) External MSDS
Related compounds
Related compounds
Bornane (hydrocarbon)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Borneol is a bicyclic organic compound and a terpene derivative. The hydroxyl group in this compound is placed in an endo position. The exo diastereomer is called isoborneol. Being chiral, borneol exists as enantiomers, both of which are found in nature.


Borneol is oxidized to the ketone (camphor).


The compound was named in 1842 by the French chemist Charles Frédéric Gerhardt.[2] Borneol can be found in several species of Heterotheca,[3] Artemisia, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary)[4] Dipterocarpaceae, Blumea balsamifera and Kaempferia galanga.[5]

It is one of the chemical compounds found in castoreum. This compound is gathered from the beaver's plant food.[6]


Borneol can be synthesized by reduction of camphor by the Meerwein–Ponndorf–Verley reduction (a reversible process). Reduction of camphor with sodium borohydride (fast and irreversible) gives instead the diastereomer isoborneol.

Synthesis of the borneol isomer isoborneol via reduction of camphor.


Whereas d-borneol was the enantiomer that used to be the most readily available commercially, the more commercially available enantiomer now is l-borneol, which also occurs in nature.

Borneol from Dipterocarpus spp. is used in traditional Chinese medicine. An early description is found in the Bencao Gangmu.

Borneol is a component of many essential oils[7] and it is a natural insect repellent.[8] It also generates a TRPM8-mediated cooling sensation similar to menthol.[9]

Laevo-borneol is used in perfumery. It has a balsamic odour type with pine, woody and camphoraceous facets.


Borneol may cause eye, skin, and respiratory irritation; it is harmful if swallowed.[10] Acute exposure may cause headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, lightheadedness, and syncope. Exposure to higher levels or over a longer period of time may cause restlessness, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and seizures.[11]

Skin irritation

Borneol has been shown to have little to no irritation effect when applied to the human skin at doses used in fine fragrance formulation.[12] Skin exposure can lead to sensitization and a future allergic reaction even to small quantities.[11]


The bornyl group is a univalent radical C10H17 derived from borneol by removal of hydroxyl and is also known as 2-bornyl.[13] Isobornyl is the univalent radical C10H17 that is derived from isoborneol.[14] The structural isomer fenchol is also a widely used compound derived from certain essential oils.

Bornyl acetate is the acetate ester of borneol.

Notes and references

  1. ^ Lide, D. R., ed. (2005). CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (86th ed.). Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press. p. 3.56. ISBN 0-8493-0486-5.
  2. ^ C. Gerhardt (1842) "Sur la transformation de l'essence de valériane en camphre de Bornéo et en camphre des laurinées" (On the transformation of the essence of valerian into Borneo camphor and into laurel camphor), Comptes rendus, 14 : 832-835. From p. 834: "Je donne, par cette raison, à l'hydrogène carboné de l'essence de valériane, le nom de bornéène, et, au camphre lui-même, celui de bornéol." (I give, for this reason [namely, that the compound that Gerhardt had obtained from valerian oil was identical to that obtained by Pelouze from camphor from Borneo], to the hydrocarbon from valerian essence, the name bornéène, and, to camphor itself, that of borneol.)
  3. ^ Lincoln, D.E., B.M. Lawrence. 1984. "The volatile constituents of camphorweed, Heterotheca subaxillaris". Phytochemistry 23(4): 933-934
  4. ^ Begum, A.; Sandhya, S.; Shaffath Ali, S.; Vinod, K. R.; Reddy, S.; Banji, D. (2013). "An in-depth review on the medicinal flora Rosmarinus officinalis (Lamiaceae)". Acta Scientiarum Polonorum. Technologia Alimentaria. 12 (1): 61–73. PMID 24584866.
  5. ^ Wong, K. C.; Ong, K. S.; Lim, C. L. (2006). "Composition of the essential oil of rhizomes of Kaempferia Galanga L.". Flavour and Fragrance Journal. 7 (5): 263–266. doi:10.1002/ffj.2730070506.
  6. ^ The Beaver: Its Life and Impact. Dietland Muller-Schwarze, 2003, page 43 (book at google books)
  7. ^ Plants containing borneol Archived 2015-09-23 at the Wayback Machine (Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases)]
  8. ^ "Chemical Information". Archived from the original on 2004-11-07. Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  9. ^ Chen, GL; Lei, M; Zhou, LP; Zeng, B; Zou, F (2016). "Borneol Is a TRPM8 Agonist that Increases Ocular Surface Wetness". PLOS ONE. 11 (7): e0158868. Bibcode:2016PLoSO..1158868C. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0158868. PMC 4957794. PMID 27448228.
  10. ^ Material Safety Data Sheet. Fisher Scientific.
  12. ^ Bhatia, S.P.; Letizia, C.S.; Api, A.M. (November 2008). "Fragrance material review on borneol". Food and Chemical Toxicology. 46 (11): S77–S80. doi:10.1016/j.fct.2008.06.031. PMID 18640181.
  13. ^ "Definition of BORNYL".
  14. ^ "Definition of ISOBORNYL".

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