StructureBenzyl alcohol
Formula
C7H8O
CAS No. 100-51-6
EC No. 202-859-9
Synonyms INCI: Benzyl Alcohol; Phenylmethanol; Phenylcarbinol

Benzyl alcohol

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.

Further Information:

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

Insect repellent

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).