Agent Name

Methyl salicylate

CAS Number

119-36-8

Formula

C8-H8-O3

Major Category

Other Uses

Synonyms

2-(Methoxycarbonyl)phenol; 2-Carbomethoxyphenol; 2-Hydroxybenzoic acid methyl ester; Analgit; Benzoic acid, 2-hydroxy-, methyl ester; Betula; Betula Lenta; Betula oil; Exagien; Flucarmit; Gaultheria oil; Gaultheria oil, artificial; Gaultheriaoel; Methyl 2-hydroxybenzoate; Methyl o-hydroxybenzoate; Methyl salicylate (natural); Methylester kyseliny salicylove [Czech]; Metylester kyseliny salicylove [Czech]; Natural wintergreen oil; Oil of wintergreen; Salicylic acid, methyl ester; Spicewood Oil; Sweet birch oil; Synthetic wintergreen oil; Teaberry oil; Wintergreen oil; Wintergreen oil, synthetic; Wintergruenoel; o-Hydroxybenzoic acid, methyl ester; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Sunscreens

Description

Colorless, yellow, or red liquid with a wintergreen odor; [HSDB] Clear slightly yellow-green liquid; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used as food flavor (restricted by FDA); [Hawley] Used as flavor, UV-absorber in sunscreens, fragrance, solvent (insecticides, polishes, and inks), antiseptic in oral hygiene products, dye carrier, UV light stabilizer in acrylic resins, and topical analgesic in human and veterinary medicine; [HSDB]

Comments

A skin and eye irritant; Can be absorbed through skin; May have CNS adverse effects; [ICSC] A skin, eye, mucous membrane, and upper respiratory tract irritant; [CAMEO] A skin and eye irritant; [eChemPortal: ERMA] Included in list of "established contact allergens in humans"; [ToxPlanet: EC: Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety: Fragrance allergens in cosmetic products (2011)] An irritant; Can be absorbed through skin; May cause skin sensitization; Effects in poisoning cases include disturbance of acid-base balance, convulsions, and coma; [MSDSonline] See "Acetylsalicylic acid."

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Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

0.03 mm Hg

Flammability (NFPA)

1: Must be preheated

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

Neurotoxin

Other CNS Neurotoxin

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