Benzyl Alcohol

Phenylmethyl alcohol

Delicate, sweet, aromatic floral (jasmine notes) slight almond aroma. Benzyl alcohol appears in many flower and herb GC and headspace analyses and appears to act as a natural fixative and blending agent in flower scents: it can be used in a similar way in fragrance creation.

General Information

CategoryAromatic Compound
IUPAC Namephenylmethanol
CAS Number100-51-6
Molecular Weight108.14 g/mol
Canonical SMILESC1=CC=C(C=C1)CO

Organoleptic Properties

Odor Family
Odor Strength
Odor DescriptionBalsamic, Chemical, Floral, Fruity, Phenolic, Rose, Sweet
Substantivity35 hours at 100%

Physical Properties

AppearanceColorless clear oily liquid (est)
Specific Gravity1.041 to 1.046 @ 25 °C.
Pounds per Gallon8.662 to 8.74
Refractive Index1.5385 to 1.5405 @ 20 °C.
Vapor Pressure0.094 mmHg @ 25 °C.
Vapor Density3.7 ( Air = 1 )
Boiling Point205 to 206 °C. @ 760 mm Hg
Flash Point250 °F. TCC ( 96 °C. )
Congealing Point-15 °C.
Melting Point-16 to -14 °C. @ 760 mm Hg
Acid Value0.5 max. KOH/g
Shelf Life12 months if stored properly
StorageStore in cool, dry place in tightly sealed containers, protected from heat and light.
Soluble inEthyl alcohol, 1:1.5 in 50% alcohol
Ethyl alcohol, 1:8-9 in 30% alcohol
Most organic solvents
Water, 1:25 in water
Water, 4.29E+04 mg/L @ 25 °C (exp)
Insoluble inParaffin oil


CategoryFlavor and fragrance agents, carrier solvents
Critical EffectDermal sensitization and systemic toxicity
Usage limits in the finished product
Cat. 1Category 1:0.45 %
Cat. 2Category 2:0.14 %
Cat. 3Category 3:0.34 %
Cat. 4Category 4:2.5 %
Cat. 5ACategory 5A:0.64 %
Cat. 5BCategory 5B:0.17 %
Cat. 5CCategory 5C:0.34 %
Cat. 5DCategory 5D:0.057 %
Cat. 6Category 6:1.5 %
Cat. 7ACategory 7A:0.68 %
Cat. 7BCategory 7B:0.68 %
Cat. 8Category 8:0.057 %
Cat. 9Category 9:2.2 %
Cat. 10ACategory 10A:2.2 %
Cat. 10BCategory 10B:8.5 %
Cat. 11ACategory 11A:0.057 %
Cat. 11BCategory 11B:0.057 %
Cat. 12Category 12:No Restriction

Safety Information

PictogramsGHS07: Harmful
Hazard StatementH302 + H332 - Harmful if swallowed or if inhaled
H319 - Causes serious eye irritation
H401 - Toxic to aquatic life
Precautionary StatementP261 - Avoid breathing dust/fumes/gas/mist/vapours/spray
P264 - Wash … thoroughly after handling
P270 - Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product
P271 - Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area
P273 - Avoid release to the environment
P280 - Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection
P305 + 351 + 338 - IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses if present and easy to do – continue rinsing
P337 + 313 - If eye irritation persists get medical advice/attention
P501 - Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.
R-phrasesR20/22 - Harmful by inhalation and if swallowed
R43 - May cause sensitisation by skin contact
S-phrasesS2 - Keep out of the reach of children
S26 - In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice
Europe Standard HazardXn - Harmful


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