Botanical Name: Tagetes Minuta.

Common Name: Genda

Location: Tagetes Minuta is found at altitudes of 1,000-2,500 metres in the western Himalayas.

Physiochemical Properties:

  • Colour: Yellow to reddish in colour
  • Odour: Strong marigold like odour but somewhat disagreeable.
  • Specific Gravity at 20°C: 0.8400 to 0.9000
  • Refractive Index at 20°C: 1.4600 to 1.5100
  • Optical Rotation: 1 to 8

Main Constituents:

S.NO. Name Range
1. trans-β-Ocimene 36.00-40.00
2. Dihydrotagetone 6.50-9.00
3. Neo-allo-ocimene 0.50-2.50
4. trans-Tagetone 0.50-2.50
5. cis-Tagetone 11.00-13.50
6. cis-Ocimenone 3.00-5.50
7. (E)-Ocimenone 12.00-14.50
8. Caryophyllene 0.10-1.00
9. Bicyclogermacren 0.00-1.00





  • Its marigold-like odour is used to perfume incense sticks used during religious festivals at religious places.
  • The oil is also sprayed on fresh marigold flowers and sold during these festivals. Small dosages are included in perfume formulations, and toilet preparations for the creation of the effects of apple and other fruity fragrances.
  • It has a mosquito larvaecidal property, and can also function as an insecticide. It is used as a modifier in hair lotions of the bay rum type.
  • It is used in tobacco industry for
  • Rinse off products and non-skin products including household cleaning products no

Restriction. Limit of 0.05mg/kg has been recommended by CEFS (Center for Environment and farming system) in flavours.


  • IFRA has restricted the use of tagetes oil in skincontact leave-on products to 0.01%. A limit of 0.05mg/kg has been recommended by CEFS.

Odour Profile:

Strong marigold like odour but somewhat disagreeable.

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