Benzyl acetate is an aromatic chemical, usually appearing as a clear liquid with a moderate sweet-jasmine fragrance. This compound appears as a component of some of our fragrance blends.
Benzyl acetate is a synthetic chemical produced for industry from benzyl alcohol and acetic acid, but is also naturally present in the essential oils of many plants, including jasmine and ylang ylang.
Benzyl acetate often appears in fragrances, either as a synthetic additive used as a fixative to help preserve the longevity of a fragrance, or as a natural component of the essential oils used in the fragrance.
The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) do not currently restrict or have specifications for benzyl acetate, and it is considered a low hazard to health. The IFRA is a self-regulatory representative body of the fragrance industry, dedicated to promoting the safe use of fragrances.
Other names: C9H10O2, Benzyl Ethanoate, Methyl Benzeneacetate; Acetic Acid, Benzyl Ester
Chemical class: Esters
Sue Clarke, Chapter 3 - Families of compounds that occur in essential oils. Editor(s): Sue Clarke, Essential Chemistry for Aromatherapy (Second Edition), Churchill Livingstone, 2008, Pages 41-77, ISBN 9780443104039, https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-443-10403-9.00003-0.
National Center for Biotechnology Information (2021). PubChem Compound Summary for CID 8785, Benzyl acetate. Retrieved October 1, 2021 from https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Benzyl-acetate.