Benzyl acetate

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Benzyl acetate
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Preferred IUPAC name
Benzyl acetate
140-11-4 YesY
ChEBI CHEBI:52051 YesY
ChemSpider 13850405 YesY
ECHA InfoCard 100.004.909
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KEGG C15513 YesY
PubChem 8785
Molar mass 150.18 g/mol
Appearance Watery-white liquid
Odor flowery
Density 1.054 g/ml
Melting point −51.5 °C (−60.7 °F; 221.7 K)
Boiling point 212 °C (414 °F; 485 K)
0.31 g/100 mL
Solubility Soluble in benzene, chloroform
Miscible with alcohol, ether, acetone
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 code 0: Normally stable, even under fire exposure conditions, and is not reactive with water. E.g., liquid nitrogen Special hazards (white): no codeNFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Flash point 102 °C (216 °F; 375 K)
461 °C (862 °F; 734 K)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Benzyl acetate is an organic compound with the molecular formula C9H10O2. It is the ester formed by condensation of benzyl alcohol and acetic acid.

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.[1]

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.[2]

Benzyl acetate is also used as a solvent in plastics and resin, cellulose acetate, nitrate, oils, lacquers, polishes and inks.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Benzyl acetate". The Good Scents Company. 
  2. ^ 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. 

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