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What is Valencene?

Valencene is most abundant in valencia oranges, but also prevalent in many other citrus fruits. This sesquiterpene has a fresh, citrus flavor that some say is marked by hints of earthy, wood. When isolated, valencene is a pale yellow to colorless liquid.


Like many other citrus smelling terpenes, valencene is commonly used in bath products, beauty supplies, cleaning supplies, as well as food and beverages. Valencene’s use goes far beyond just giving products an improved smell and taste, it has also been shown to have insect repellent properties. The book “Essential Oils in Food Preservation. . .”, claims that nookatone, which valencene is the precursor to, is toxic to fleas and ticks. The author also states that nookatone is a strong cockroach repellent. Many scientists are starting to turn to valencene as an alternative to traditional pesticides because it is safer and less harmful to humans.

Valencene Terpene Molecule


  • Color: Pale yellow to yellow clear
  • Consistency: Liquid
  • Odor: Citrus
  • Taste: Citrus, green, wood
  • Boiling point: 274ºC
  • Flash point: >93ºC
  • Solubility: In water, 0.05011 mg/L at 25ºC
  • Formula: C15H24
  • Density: 0.92 g/mL at 25ºC
  • Molecular Weight: 204.357 g/mol

Where to buy Valencene

You can purchase the Valencene isolate from Floraplex Terpenes in a variety of sizes at extremely competitive prices with free shipping to anywhere in the continental United States on orders over $30.

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Victor R. Preedy. “Essential Oils in Food Preservation, Flavor and Safety.” Elsevier, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/C2012-0-06581-7.