Like linalyl acetate, geranyl acetate occurs rather commonly in volatile oils. It is the principal constituent of the oil of Darwinia fascicularis, and has also been found in the oils of the needles of Callitris glauca, palmarosa, lemongrass, sassafras leaves, kuromoji, geranium (?), petitgrain, neroli, coriander, Eucalyptus Staigeriana, E. Macarthuri, Leptospermum Liver-sidgei and lavender. Artificially geranyl acetate is obtained by heating geraniol with acetic acid anhydride and some anhydrous sodium acetate. In connection with a product obtained by this method, Bertram and Gildemeister1) observed:
B. p. 242 to 245° with decomposition (764 mm.); 127,8 to 129,2° (16 mm.); d15o 0,9174; nD15o1,4628.
In connection with technical products of their own make Schimmel & Co. observed: d15o 0,910 to 0,917; aD + 0°; nD20o1,462 to 1,466; soluble in 7 to 10 vol. of 70 p. c. alcohol.
The odor of geranyl acetate is pleasant and flower-like, reminding of that of linalyl acetate.