What Is Benzyl Benzoate Used For?

Feb. 09, 2022

Benzyl benzoate is a naturally occurring molecule found in some plants and is made up of benzyl alcohol and benzoic acid. In cosmetic products, it plays a number of roles depending on the product and it can act as a fragrance, a solvent, a plasticizer, a preservative, and a fixative.


What is benzyl benzoate used for?

1. Benzyl benzoate  (CAS: 120-51-4) is used as a solvent for musk. It is mainly used as a fixative. It is used in the preparation of fruit flavors and wine flavors such as strawberry, pineapple, cherry, etc. It is also used in daily chemical flavors such as jasmine, lily of the valley, ylang ylang, gardenia, tuberose, and lilac. The amount used in gum is 280mg/kg; 39mg/kg in candy; 33mg/kg in baked goods; 45mg/kg in soft drinks; 12mg/kg in cold drinks. Also used as a substitute for camphor in celluloid.

Baked Goods

Baked Goods

2. It is also used as a plasticizer, especially when nitrocellulose is mixed with resin, it can be mixed with diethyl phthalate or dibutyl phthalate. Used as a solvent for cellulose acetate and nitrocellulose.


3. In the pharmaceutical industry, it can be used to formulate whooping cough medicine, asthma medicine, insect repellent, acaricide, and scabies therapy.


4. It is widely used in daily chemical flavor formulations, mainly used as a filler flavoring agent, and often used as a diluent for many highly viscous synthetic flavors.


How does it work?

As a fragrance, benzyl benzoate can add a balsamic smell to a product. It can also work with other fragrances as a solvent to help them dissolve into the mixture. Benzyl benzoate also acts as a fixative in perfumed products where it slows down the escape of other fragrances and increases the life span of the fragrance.

Perfumed Products

Perfumed Products

When added to more solid products like soaps, benzyl benzoate can act as a plasticizer. A plasticizer makes a product less brittle so a soap containing it can be bent and squished more before it snaps or crumbles.


Medicine interactions:

Benzyl benzoate has no known drug interactions when used topically.


Other names

Ascabiol, Novoscabin, Benylate, Scabitox, Scobenol, Ascabin, Benzoic acid benzyl ester, Benzyl phenylformate, Benzylets, Colebenz, Peruscabin, Scabagen, Scabanca, Scabiozon, Vanzoate, Scabide, Benzoic acid phenylmethyl ester, Phenylmethyl benzoate, Antiscabiosum, Benzoic acid, benzyl ester, Benzyl benzenecarboxylate, Benzylis benzoas, Benzyl alcohol benzoic ester, Benzylbenzoate, Peruscabina, Spasmodin, Venzonate, Benzylum benzoicum.

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