Cinnamyl alcohol

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Cinnamyl alcohol
Skeletal formula
A sample of cinnamyl alcohol on a petri dish.
IUPAC name
Other names
Cinnamyl alcohol
Cinnamic alcohol
Styryl carbinol
Phenylallyl alcohol
3D model (JSmol)
ECHA InfoCard 100.002.921
Molar mass 134.17 g/mol
Density 1.0397 g/cm3 at 35 °C
Melting point 33 °C
Boiling point 250 °C
Solubility soluble in ethanol, acetone, dichloromethane
-87.2·10−6 cm3/mol
Safety data sheet External MSDS
Related compounds
Related compounds
Cinnamic acid; Cinnamaldehyde
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Cinnamyl alcohol is an organic compound that is found in esterified form in storax, Balsam of Peru, and cinnamon leaves. It forms a white crystalline solid when pure, or a yellow oil when even slightly impure. It can be produced by the hydrolysis of storax.

Cinnamyl alcohol has a distinctive odour described as "sweet, balsam, hyacinth, spicy, green, powdery, cinnamic" and is used in perfumery[1] and as a deodorant.

Cinnamyl alcohol is naturally occurrent only in small amount, so its industrial demand is usually fulfilled by chemical synthesis starting from cinnamaldehyde.[2]


The compound is a solid at room temperature, forming colourless crystals that melt upon gentle heating. As is typical of most higher-molecular weight alcohols, it is sparingly soluble in water at room temperature, but highly soluble in most common organic solvents.


Cinnamyl alcohol has been found to have a sensitising effect on some people[3][4] and as a result is the subject of a Restricted Standard issued by IFRA (International Fragrance Association).


Rosarin and rosavin are cinnamyl alcohol glycosides isolated from Rhodiola rosea.


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  3. ^ "Food and Chemical Toxicology" (PDF). RIFM. 2007. 
  4. ^ Survey and health assessment of chemical substances in massage oils Archived 2007-06-28 at the Wayback Machine.
  • Merck Index, 11th Edition, 2305.