Agent Name

Galaxolide

Alternative Name

HHCB

CAS Number

1222-05-5

Formula

C18-H26-O

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

HHCB; Hexahydrohexamethyl cyclopentabenzopyran; 1,3,4,6,7,8-Hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8-hexamethyl-cyclopenta-gamma-2-benzopyran; 1,3,4,6,7,8-Hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8-hexamethylcyclopenta(g)-2-benzopyran; Abbalide; Galoxolide; Galaxolide White; Hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8-hexamethylcyclopenta-gamma-2-benzopyran; Pearlide; Cyclopenta(g)-2-benzopyran, 1,3,4,6,7,8-hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8-hexamethyl-; [ChemIDplus] Hexamethylindanopyran; [EC: Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety]

Category

Other Aromatic Compounds

Description

Colorless solid with a strong odor of musk; mp = 57-58 deg C; [Merck Index] Nearly colorless viscous liquid; [HSDB] Viscous liquid with a musk-like odor; mp = -5 deg C; [CHEMINFO] Viscous liquid; mp = -10-0 deg C; [eChemPortal: ESIS: RAR]

Sources/Uses

Used as fragrance agent in perfumes, soaps, cosmetics, and detergents; [Merck Index]

Comments

Included in list of "established contact allergens in humans"; [ToxPlanet: EC: Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety: Fragrance allergens in cosmetic products (2011)] A reproductive effector and moderate skin irritant; [RTECS]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

0.00054 mm Hg

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

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