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|Molar mass||250.33 g/mol|
|Melting point||< 25 °C (77 °F; 298 K)|
|Boiling point||189 °C (372 °F; 462 K)|
|Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)|
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Octyl salicylate, or 2-ethylhexyl salicylate, is an organic compound used as an ingredient in sunscreens and cosmetics to absorb UVB (ultraviolet) rays from the sun. It is an ester formed by the condensation of a salicylic acid with 2-ethylhexanol. It is a colorless oily liquid with a slight floral odor.
The salicylate portion of the molecule absorbs ultraviolet light, protecting skin from the harmful effects of exposure to sunlight. The ethylhexanol portion is a fatty alcohol, adding emollient and oil-like (water resistant) properties.
- "Octisalate". EWG's Skin Deep. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
- "The Skin Cancer Foundation's Guide to Sunscreens". Skin Cancer Foundation. 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.