Camphene is a transparent liquid obtained from camphor oil or synthesized from turpentine. It is a member of the class of compound known as bicyclic monoterpenoids. It has 2 rings fused to each other. When burned, it produces a brilliant light but generates smoke and is also potentially explosive.
Camphene is prepared by distilling turpentine in the presence of quicklime to give rise to purified spirit of turpentine, which is camphene.
Camphene is used as a solvent in paints, varnishes and perfumes.
Camphene is used as a raw material in the synthesis of fragrant chemical compounds, especially in the perfume industry, and is used in the making of camphor, incense sticks, etc.
Light produced by camphene is bright and pure, it is used in camphene lamps to produce artificial lighting.
Camphene is used to treat bacterial, fungal and viral infection that affect the respiratory system.