Agent Name

Benzyl cinnamate

CAS Number

103-41-3

Formula

C16-H14-O2

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

2-Propenoic acid, 3-phenyl-, phenylmethyl ester; 3-Phenyl-2-propenoic acid phenylmethyl ester; Benzyl 3-phenylpropenoate; Benzyl alcohol, cinnamate; Benzyl alcohol, cinnamic ester; Benzyl gamma-phenylacrylate; Benzyl-3-phenylpropenoate; Benzylcinnamate; Benzylester kyseliny skoricove [Czech]; Cinnamein; Phenylmethyl 3-phenyl-2-propenoate; Cinnamic acid, benzyl ester; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Esters, Other

Description

Solid with a sweet odor of balsam; Practically insoluble in water; mp = 39 deg C; [Merck Index]

Sources/Uses

Constituent of storax, Peru, and Tolu balsams; [Merck Index] Used in flavors and perfumes; [HSDB]

Comments

Safe when used as a flavoring agent in food; [JECFA] Mild skin irritant; Causes somnolence and coma in lethal concentration studies; [RTECS] Included in list of "established contact allergens in humans"; [ToxPlanet: EC: Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety: Fragrance allergens in cosmetic products (2011)]

Exposure Assessment
Explanatory Notes

VP = 1 mm Hg at 173.8 deg C; [HSDB]

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

Neurotoxin

CNS Solvent Syndrome

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