|Jmol-3D images||Image 1
|Molar mass||150.18 g/mol|
|Melting point||−51.5 °C (−60.7 °F; 221.7 K)|
|Boiling point||212 °C (414 °F; 485 K)|
|Solubility in water||0.31 g/100 mL|
|Solubility||soluble in benzene, chloroform
miscible with alcohol, ether, acetone
|Refractive index (nD)||1.5232|
|Flash point||102 °C (216 °F; 375 K)|
|Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)|
|(what is: / ?)|
Benzyl acetate is found naturally in many flowers. It is the primary constituent of the essential oils from the flowers jasmine, ylang-ylang and tobira. It has pleasant sweet aroma reminiscent of jasmine. Consequently, it is used widely in perfumery and cosmetics for its aroma and in flavorings to impart apple and pear flavors.
It is one of many compounds that is attractive to males of various species of orchid bees, who apparently gather the chemical to synthesize pheromones; it is commonly used as bait to attract and collect these bees for study.
Benzyl acetate is also used as a solvent in plastics and resin, cellulose acetate, nitrate, oils, lacquers, polishes and inks.
- Schiestl, F.P. & Roubik, D.W. (2004). "Odor Compound Detection in Male Euglossine Bees". Journal of Chemical Ecology 29 (1): 253–257. doi:10.1023/A:1021932131526. PMID 12647866.