What Are the Uses of Cinnamaldehyde?

Apr. 14, 2022

Cinnamaldehyde, also known as phenyl allyl aldehyde, has a strong cinnamon oil special odor and burnt flavor. It is widely used in flavor, medicine, daily chemical, feed, paper, and food processing, and is also an important organic synthesis intermediate. Cinnamaldehyde exists in nature in cinnamon oil. It is industrially produced by the condensation of benzaldehyde and acetaldehyde.


1. In the application of flavor and fragrance

Cinnamaldehyde has a good fragrance preservation effect. The fragrance is used as raw materials, so that the main fragrance is more fragrant.


For example, the soap flavoring with edible cinnamaldehyde can be made into hyacinth, gardenia, jasmine, lily of the valley, rose, and other fragrances. These fragrances are widely used in soaps, laundry detergents, and shampoos.

In food, cinnamaldehyde can be used to make apple flavor, cherry flavor, and other fruit flavors, which can be used in candy, ice cream, beverages, chewing gum, cake, and tobacco.




2. Application in daily chemicals

1) Skincare products

Cinnamaldehyde can promote blood circulation, warm the skin and tighten the skin tissue. It is often used in massage lotions and beauty products.


2)Oral care products

Cinnamaldehyde can not only adjust various fragrances but also sterilize and deodorize the mouth. It is often used in toothpaste, chewing gum, breath fresheners, and other oral care products.

The cinnamaldehyde used in chewing gum can sterilize and deodorize the mouth.


3. Application in the food additive field

Cinnamaldehyde is non-toxic or low-toxic to the human body as a food anti-fungal agent. It has a strong inhibitory effect on the reproduction of microorganisms. At the concentration of 25×10 -4, it has a strong antibacterial effect on Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger, Citrus mimics, Fusarium bezoarum, Streptomyces sp., White ground mold, and yeast.



Unlike sodium benzoate, the application of cinnamaldehyde is not affected by the pH value of the product itself. It has a strong bactericidal and disinfection function under acidic or alkaline conditions.


Cinnamaldehyde is used as an antifungal agent and preservative of food, and also can change the taste to stimulate consumption.


4. Application in the chemical field

(1) Used in the synthesis of α-bromocinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid, cinnamyl alcohol, cinnamonitrile, and other products.

2)It can also be used as a color developer.

3)It is used as an insecticide, mosquito repellent, refrigerator deodorant, freshness preservative, etc.

4)Cinnamaldehyde can also be used as algaecide and acidification corrosion inhibitor in oil extraction, which can significantly increase oil production, improve oil quality and reduce production cost.

(5) Chewing gum containing cinnamaldehyde and other active plant extracts can be used as functional health food.

(6) Cinnamaldehyde is used as a bird repellent colloid.


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