Agent Name

Benzyl benzoate

CAS Number

120-51-4

Formula

C14-H12-O2

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

Phenylmethyl benzoate; Antiscabiosum; Ascabin; Ascabiol; Benylate; Benzoesaeurebenzylester; Benzoic acid, benzyl ester; Benzoic acid, phenylmethyl ester; Benzyl alcohol benzoic ester; Benzyl benzenecarboxylate; Benzyl benzoate (natural); Benzyl phenylformate; Benzylester kyseliny benzoove [Czech]; Benzylets; Benzylis benzoas; Benzylum benzoicum; Colebenz; Novoscabin; Peruscabin; Peruscabina; Scabagen; Scabanca; Scabide; Scabiozon; Scabitox; Scobenol; Spasmodin; Vanzoate; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Esters, Other

Description

Colorless liquid or white solid; [ICSC] Not miscible or difficult to mix in water; [MSDSonline] Pleasant odor; Slightly volatile in steam and insoluble in water; [Ullmann]

Sources/Uses

Used in plastic pyroxylin compounds, flavors, perfumes, plasticizers, dye carriers, antispasmodic drugs, insect repellants, scabicides , and pediculicides; [HSDB] Used as a dye carrier and a solvent for cellulose derivatives, plasticizers, and perfume fixatives; It is the main constituent in Peru balsam; Used in drugs for asthma; [Ullmann]

Comments

A skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritant; [ICSC] Included in list of "established contact allergens in humans"; [ToxPlanet: EC: Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety: Fragrance allergens in cosmetic products (2011)] Harmful if swallowed; [MSDSonline] "Direct contact may cause skin irritation but rarely allergic contact dermatitis." [Kanerva, p. 1757]

Reference Link

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Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

0.000224 mm Hg

Explanatory Notes

Flash point = 148 deg C; [ICSC] mp = 18-20 deg C; bp = 323-324 deg C; [MSDSonline]

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

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