The respective alcoholic terpenes carvacrol, linalool, and alpha-terpineol were used at 5% w/v in propylene glycol (PG) to increase the in vitro permeation of haloperidol (HP) through human skin. The possible enhancement mechanism was then elucidated with HP-stratum corneum (SC) binding studies, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry. The greatest increase in the permeation of HP was achieved with linalool followed by carvacrol and terpineol. HP permeation with linalool was predicted to reach a therapeutic plasma concentration and therapeutic daily-permeated amounts. Carvacrol increased lag time, which was attributed to slow redistribution of the enhancer within SC. Carvacrol increased the partition of the drug to the pulverized SC. Pure PG extracted lipids from SC but less than that achieved by the terpenes in PG. Terpenes extracted lipids to a similar extent. An increase in bilayer cohesion in the remaining lipids present in the SC could be attributed to the alignment of terpenes within the lipid bilayer. The higher permeation with linalool was attributed to its molecular orientation within the lipid bilayer. Terpenes showed different rates of SC dehydration but did not change the percentages of secondary structures of keratin.