Limonene oxide, cis/trans mixture



Limonene oxide is used as a flavoring agent. It is the main component of oils obtained from waste citrus peels (biomass). It can be obtained by natural and synthetic methods, using e.g. pyrolytic processes.

It is used in citrus and mint flavors: at 0.3-0.5 ppm in beverages and dairy products, and up to 5 ppm in sauces. It dissolves well in alcoholic solutions.

Limonene oxide is widely used in organic synthesis as a chiral building block. Its carbon skeleton is similar to many valuable biologically active compounds used in medicine, cosmetics and perfumery.

Limonene oxide has been able to obtain a biodegradable polymer with exceptional thermal resistance, hardness and transparency.