Benzyl salicylate

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Benzyl salicylate
Structural formula of benzyl salicylate
Ball-and-stick model of the benzyl salicylate molecule
IUPAC name
Benzyl 2-hydroxybenzoate
118-58-1 N
ChEMBL ChEMBL460124 YesY
ChemSpider 8060 YesY
Jmol 3D model Interactive image
PubChem 8363
Molar mass 228.25 g·mol−1
Appearance Colorless liquid
Density 1.17 g/cm3
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

Benzyl salicylate is a salicylic acid benzyl ester, a chemical compound most frequently used in cosmetics as a fragrance additive or UV light absorber. It appears as an almost colorless liquid with a mild odor described as "very faint, sweet-floral, slightly balsamic" by those who can smell it, but many people either can't smell it at all or, describe its smell as "musky". Trace impurities may have a significant influence on the odour.[1] It occurs naturally in a variety of plants and plant extracts and is widely used in blends of fragrance materials.[2]

There is some evidence that people may become sensitized to this material[3] and as a result, there is a restriction standard concerning the use of this material in fragrances by the International Fragrance Association.[4]

It is used as a solvent for crystalline synthetic musks and as a component and fixative in floral perfumes such as carnation, jasmine, lilac, and wallflower.[5]


  1. ^ Steffen Arctander: Perfume and Flavor Chemicals. ISBN 0-931710-37-5
  2. ^ "Benzyl salicylate". The Good Scents Company. 
  3. ^ "Toxicologic and Dermatologic Assessments for Three Groups of Fragrance Ingredients: 1) Related Esters and Alcohols of Cinnamic Acid and Cinnamic Alcohol, 2) Ionones, 3) Salicylates" (PDF). Food and Chemical Toxicology 45 (Supplement 1). 2007. 
  4. ^ "Standards Restricted". International Fragrance Association. 
  5. ^ An Introduction to Perfumery by Curtis & Williams 2nd Edition, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9608752-8-3, ISBN 978-1-870228-24-4

External links[edit]

  • Record in the Household Products Database of NLM