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Benzyl Cinnamate

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Benzyl Cinnamate

Benzyl Cinnamate

Benzyl cinnamate is an aromatic chemical, usually appearing as a white powder with a sweet-floral aroma. This compound appears as a component of some of our fragrance blends.

Benzyl cinnamate is a synthetic chemical produced for industry from benzyl alcohol and cinnamic acid, however it can be found naturally in some plants and plant extracts, including balsam of Peru and Tolu balsam.

Benzyl cinnamate 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.

Studies indicate a small percentage of people can be sensitive to this ingredient, which is why we list in when it's detected in our fragrances, though it only appears at very low concentrations, within the safe use defined by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA). The IFRA is a self-regulatory representative body of the fragrance industry, dedicated to promoting the safe use of fragrances.

Other names: C16H14O2, Cinnamein; Cinnamic Acid, Benzyl Ester

Chemical class: Esters


International Fragrance Association Standard (2020). Benzyl cinnamate. Retrieved on September 30, 2021 from

National Center for Biotechnology Information (2021). PubChem Compound Summary for CID 5273469, Cinnamein. Retrieved September 30, 2021 from

INCI Name:
Benzyl Cinnamate
Ingredient origins:
Synthetic, Plant Essential Oils
Common name:
Benzyl Cinnamate
EWG score: The EWG score is a hazard score ranging from 1-2 (low hazard), 3-6 (moderate hazard) and 7-10 (high hazard) published by the Environmental Working Group. Their data is sourced from the Skin Deep® database and studies published in open scientific literature.
3 - 4 (depends on usage)