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Properties of Benzyl Acetate

April 24th, 2008 · 8 Comments ·

History of Perfumes/ Perfume Ingredients/ The Family of Esters/ Formula of Benzyl Acetate/ Properties of Benzyl Acetate/ Uses of Benzyl Acetate/ Benzyl Acetate in Perfumes


Physical properties:

Molecular mass: 150.2 g/mol
Odor: sweet floral; fruity; fresh jasmine

  • Combustible
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  • Clear colorless liquid
  • Pungent, bitter taste
  • Very low solubility in water
  • Stable under ordinary conditions
  • Found naturally in many flowers

Benzyl acetate is a primary constituent of the essential oils from the flowers jasmine and ylang-ylang. Therefore, it is widely used in perfumery and cosmetics for its aroma and in flavorings to stimulate apple, banana, strawberry, and pear flavors.

In a process not industrially conducted, benzyl acetate is produced by reaction of toluene, acetic acid, and oxygen in the presence of a catalyst.

Acute Health Effects: mild to moderate irritation of skin, eyes, and lungs.


Tags: Perfume (Esters)