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Citral CAS 5392-40-5

Molecular Formula: C10H16O

Formula Weight: 152.23

ZSpharmac: Citral Raw Material Supplier

Product Name: Citral
CAS No: 5392-40-5
Purity: 99%

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Basic Info

Product Name:Citral
Other Names:Geranaldehyde
Place of Origin:Shandong, China
Brand Name:ZSpharmac
Type:Cosmetic Raw Materials
Appearance:Colorless to Light Yellow Liquid
EINECS No.:226-394-6
Provide:Citral MSDS;
Citral COA

What is Citral?

Citral, with the chemical formula C10H16O, is an important organic compound belonging to the open-chain monoterpenoids and one of the aromatic compounds existing in nature. It has a strong lemon scent, hence the name citral.

Citral Property

Melting point 


Boiling point 

229 °C (lit.)


0.888 g/mL at 25 °C (lit.)

vapor density 

5 (vs air)

vapor pressure 

0.2 mm Hg ( 200 °C)

refractive index 

n20/D 1.488(lit.)


215 °F

storage temp. 







colorless to light yellow


at 100.00 %. sweet lemon citral

Odor Type


explosive limit


Water Solubility 



Citral Uses

1. Flavor and Fragrance Industry
Edible Flavors: Citral is often used to mix strawberry, apple, orange, lemon and other fruit-based edible flavors due to its distinctive lemon aroma to enhance the flavor of food and beverages. There are specific regulations on its usage in different food categories, such as gummies, baked goods, candies, cold drinks and soft drinks.
Daily Chemicals: It is used as a flavoring agent in soaps, detergents, toilet water and other products to give a fresh lemon aroma and enhance the sensory experience of the product.
Perfumes and Personal Care: As a basic ingredient for flavoring agents, it is used to make various perfumes, skin care products and cosmetics, adding a fresh citrus aroma.

2. Pharmaceutical Industry
Vitamin Synthesis: Citral is one of the key raw materials for the synthesis of vitamins A and E, which are essential in nutritional supplements and skin care products.
Other Drug Precursors: It can be converted into phytol for a wider range of pharmaceutical synthesis pathways, including the preparation of some therapeutic drugs.

3. Synthetic chemical intermediates
Ionone series: As the starting material for synthesizing compounds such as ionone and methyl ionone, these compounds are further used to make perfumes, flavors and pigments.
Alcohol conversion: Through chemical reduction, citral can be converted into citronellol, nerol and geraniol, which are important raw materials for flavors and cosmetics.
Lemononitrile and other derivatives: Through chemical conversion, compounds such as lemononitrile are generated for the production of pesticides, dyes and other fine chemicals.

4. Antioxidant and health care
Although its direct use as an antioxidant or health supplement is rarely mentioned directly, the biological activities of citral such as antioxidant, blood sugar regulation and immunity enhancement have been studied, suggesting its potential application value in health foods and nutritional supplements.

5. Industrial application
Masking odor: In industrial production, citral can be used as an additive to mask bad odors, such as in the production process of plastics and rubber products.
Cleaning agent: Due to its good decontamination and bactericidal properties, citral is also added to dishwashing detergents to improve the cleaning effect and bring a fresh fragrance.

Citral Features and Advantages

Chemical structure characteristics
Unsaturated aliphatic aldehydes: The molecular formula of citral is C10H16O, which contains an aldehyde group (-CHO) and an allyl structure, which gives it high reactivity and conversion potential.
Geometric isomers: There are two geometric isomers, α-citral and β-citral, and different isomers show different properties and efficiencies in certain chemical reactions and applications.

Reactivity and conversion ability
Easy to convert: The aldehyde group of citral makes it easy to participate in redox reactions and can be converted into a variety of high-value chemicals, such as alcohol compounds such as citronellol, nerol and geraniol through reduction, or converted into limonitrile, etc.
Synthetic precursor: As a precursor for the synthesis of important spices and vitamin A such as ionone, methyl ionone, dihydrodamascone, it shows its key position in the synthetic route.

Functionality and safety
Natural source: It exists naturally in some plant essential oils, such as lemon and litsea cubeba oil, which meets consumers’ preference for natural products.
Versatility: Not limited to the fields of fragrance and medicine, citral also exhibits antibacterial, antioxidant, pheromone and other functions, and is suitable for a variety of fields from personal care to food preservation.

Wide range of applications
Cross-industry applications: Covering multiple industries such as medicine, skin care products, household cleaning, food and beverages, it demonstrates its high adaptability and market demand.
Environmental advantages: As a chemical derived from renewable resources, citral has more sustainable advantages than traditional chemicals in certain applications.


As a company specializing in the production and supply of Citral raw materials, we are committed to providing customers with high-quality products and preferential prices. We have rich experience and technology to ensure the quality and stable supply of our products. No matter where you are, we can provide you with the Citral raw materials you need to support your production and research and development.

We always adhere to the principle of honest operation, strictly control product quality, and serve every customer with a customer-first attitude. Over the years, we have established good cooperative relations with domestic and foreign customers and won their trust and praise.

If you have any needs or are interested in our products, please contact our service staff directly, and we will wholeheartedly provide you with the best service and products. Looking forward to cooperating with you and developing together!

Company Profile and Corporate Culture

Company Profile:

ZhiShang Chemical is owned by ZhiShang Group is a professional new-type chemicals enterprise combined into research and development, production and sales .

The company’s competitive product is pharmaceutical raw materials and intermediates (especially carbohydrate derivatives Series), In recent years, the company has made a major breakthrough in food and feed additives, plant extraction, industrial chemicals industry .

The company insists on the spirit of “sincere management, strict quality control, customer as god” , get consistent high praise from customers at home and abroad.

Corporate Culture:

Help China Chemicals to benefit the happiness of human life
Become the most trusted chemical supplier in the world
Striver – oriented, enrich employees, customer first, deep service, seek development
Be prepared for danger in times of peace, forge ahead actively, unity and cooperation, and be brave to fight

About Us

The production base is located in Zhangqiu chemical industry park and Tai’an high-tech chemical industry park. laboratory and workshop in strict accordance with the GMP standard and the product fit national ISO9001 and ISO2000 standards.

“Zhishang” products are exported to Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa area, so as to establish a long-term and stable cooperation relationship with customer in the world.

Company Info
  • Business Type: Manufacturer
  • Product Range: Cosmetic raw materials
  • Products/Service:Cosmetic raw materials (flavors and fragrances,antioxidant products, moisturizing and hydrating, whitening agents, cosmetic additives)
  • Total Employees: 51~100
  • Capital (Million US $): 10000000RMB
  • Year Established: 2016
Production Capacity
  • No. of Production Lines : 8
  • No. of QC Staff : 5 -10 People
  • OEM Services Provided : yes
  • Factory Size (Sq.meters) : 3,000-5,000 square meters
  • Certificate: ISO9001 , CE , GMP , API , MSDS
  • Factory Location : Diao Town Industry Park, Zhangqiu City, Jinan City, Shandong Province, China.


Pre-Sales Service

* Prompt reply and 24 hours online, professional team to provide best price and high quality product.

* Sample testing support.

* Every batch of products will be tested to ensureits quality.

*The packing also can be according the customers` requirment.

*Any inquiries will be replied within 24 hours.

*we provide Commerical Invoice, Packing List, Bill of loading, COA , Health certificate and Origin certificate. If your markets have any special requirements, let us know.


After-Sales Service

*The fact of logistics information monitoring.

* Any questions about the product can be consulted at any time.

*Product has any problem can return.


Do you accept sample order?

We will make samples before mass production, and after sample approved, we’ll begin mass production. Doing 100% inspection during production, then do random inspection before packing.



You can get free samples for some products,you only need to pay the shipping cost or arrange a courier to us and take the samples. You can send us your product specifications and requests,we will manufacture the products according to your requests.

What’s your MOQ?

Our MOQ is 1kg. But usually we accept less quantity such as 100g on the condition that sample charge is 100% paid.

Do you supply product report?

Yes. We’ll give you product analysis report before shipping.

  Is there a discount?

Different quantity has different discount.


1. ≤50kg, Express delivery recommended, usually called as DDU service;

2. ≤500kg, Air shipping recommended, usually called as FOB, CFR, or CIF service;

3. >500kg, sea shipping recommended, usually called as FOB, CFR, or CIF service;

4. For high value products, please select air shipping and express delivery for safe.

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