|Synonyms||INCI: Benzyl Alcohol; Phenylmethanol; Phenylcarbinol|
Benzyl alcohol (Cas no. 100-51-6) is a colorless liquid with a mild pleasant aromatic odor. Benzyl alcohol is a useful solvent due to its polarity, low toxicity, and low volatility and has moderate solubility in water (4 g/100 mL).
It is miscible in alcohol and diethyl ether. Like most alcohols, it reacts with carboxylic acids to form esters. It is a precursor to a variety of esters and ethers, used in the soap, perfume, and flavor industries, i.e. benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, benzyl cinnamate, dibenzyl ether, benzyl butyl phthalate.
In cosmetic applications, Benzyl alcohol is used as a viscosity modifier and for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Benzyl alcohol is used as a bacteriostatic preservative at low concentrations in intravenous medications, cosmetics, and topical drugs.
Benzyl alcohol is used as a general solvent for inks, waxes, shellacs, paints, lacquers, and epoxy resin coatings.
Paint Strippers, especially when combined with compatible viscosity enhancers to encourage the mixture to cling to painted surfaces
Degreaser in rug cleaning products
Dying solvent for wool, Nylon, and Leather
Photographic film developer
Packaging & Shelf Life
IBC 1,000kg net
Drums 200 kg d
Isotanks 20 tons
Under proper storage conditions, the shelf life is 24 months.
Health & Safety
Detailed information on the product described can be found in our relevant Health and Safety Information (Material Safety Data Sheet).