Octyl salicylate

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Octyl salicylate
Octyl salicylate
Identifiers
CAS number 118-60-5 YesY
PubChem 62624
ChemSpider 56380 YesY
UNII 4X49Y0596W YesY
ChEMBL CHEMBL117388 YesY
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Properties
Molecular formula C15H22O3
Molar mass 250.33 g/mol
Density 1.014 g/cm3
Melting point < 25 °C (77 °F; 298 K)
Boiling point 189 °C (372 °F; 462 K)
Hazards
NFPA 704
Flammability code 1: Must be pre-heated before ignition can occur. Flash point over 93 °C (200 °F). E.g., canola oil Health code 1: Exposure would cause irritation but only minor residual injury. E.g., turpentine Reactivity (yellow): no hazard code Special hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
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.[1] 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.

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