Benzyl Benzoate


A classic fixative-blender and solvent in perfumes. Also a modifier in heavier florals, Oriental type fragrances, etc., Tuberose, Yiang- Ylang, Lily, Gardenia, etc. Largely substituted by Benzyl salicylate when a faint odor is desirable. Useful in: brown nuts, brown others, vanilla, fruity red, fruity yellow, fruity tropical, fruity others, sweet others

General Information

NamePhenylmethyl benzoate
CategoryAromatic Compound
IUPAC Namebenzyl benzoate
CAS Number120-51-4
Molecular Weight212.24 g/mol
Canonical SMILESC1=CC=C(C=C1)COC(=O)C2=CC=CC=C2

Organoleptic Properties

Odor Family
Odor Strength
Odor DescriptionBalsamic, Floral, Fruity, Herbal, Oily, Sweet
Substantivity322 hours at 100%

Physical Properties

AppearanceColorless to pale yellow clear oily liquid to solid (est)
Specific Gravity1.113 to 1.121 @ 25 °C.
Pounds per Gallon9.261 to 9.328
Refractive Index1.566 to 1.571 @ 20 °C.
Vapor Pressure0.00025 mmHg @ 25 °C.
Vapor Density7.3 ( Air = 1 )
Boiling Point323 to 324 °C. @ 760 mm Hg
Flash Point316 °F. TCC ( 158 °C. )
Congealing Point18.8 °C.
Melting Point18 to 21 °C. @ 760 mm Hg
Acid Value1 max. KOH/g
Shelf Life24 months if stored properly
StorageStore in cool, dry place in tightly sealed containers, protected from heat and light.
Soluble inAlcohol
Amyris wood oil
Benzyl alcohol
Isopropyl myristate
Musk ambrette, 1kg dissolves 450 g. musk ambrette
Musk ketone, 1kg dissolves 205 g. musk ketone
Musk zylol, 1kg dissolves 280 g. musk xylol
Paraffin oil
Solvent for the nitro musks
Water-alcohol mixtures: 45% 1:1000, 70% 3:100, 90% 1:2, 95% 1:1
Water, 15.39 mg/L @ 25 °C (est)
Insoluble inGlycerin


CategoryFlavor and fragrance agents, carrier solvents
Critical EffectDermal sensitization and systemic toxicity
Usage limits in the finished product
Cat. 1Category 1:1.7 %
Cat. 2Category 2:1.4 %
Cat. 3Category 3:0.41 %
Cat. 4Category 4:4.8 %
Cat. 5ACategory 5A:4.3 %
Cat. 5BCategory 5B:0.21 %
Cat. 5CCategory 5C:0.83 %
Cat. 5DCategory 5D:0.07 %
Cat. 6Category 6:0.41 %
Cat. 7ACategory 7A:0.41 %
Cat. 7BCategory 7B:0.41 %
Cat. 8Category 8:0.07 %
Cat. 9Category 9:1.9 %
Cat. 10ACategory 10A:1.9 %
Cat. 10BCategory 10B:12.00 %
Cat. 11ACategory 11A:0.07 %
Cat. 11BCategory 11B:0.07 %
Cat. 12Category 12:No Restriction

Safety Information

PictogramsGHS07: HarmfulGHS09: Environmental Hazard
Hazard StatementH302 - Harmful if swallowed
H411 - Toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects
Precautionary StatementP264 - Wash … thoroughly after handling
P270 - Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product
P273 - Avoid release to the environment
P301 + 312 - IF SWALLOWED: Call a POISON CENTER/doctor/…/if you feel unwell
P330 - Rinse mouth
P391 - Collect spillage
P501 - Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local/regional/national/international regulations.
R-phrasesR22 - Harmful if swallowed
R43 - May cause sensitisation by skin contact
S-phrasesS2 - Keep out of the reach of children
S25 - Avoid contact with eyes
Europe Standard HazardXn - Harmful


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