Agent Name

Methyl benzoate

CAS Number

93-58-3

Formula

C8-H8-O2

Major Category

Other Classes

Synonyms

Benzoic acid, methyl ester; Clorius; Clorius (VAN); Essence of niobe; Methyl benzenecarboxylate; Methyl benzoate (natural); Methylbenzoate; Methylester kyseliny benzoove [Czech]; Niobe oil; Oil of niobe; [ChemIDplus] UN2938

Category

Esters, Other

Description

Colorless liquid with a fragrant odor; [Hawley]

Sources/Uses

Naturally occurring in oils of clove, ylang-ylang, and tuberose; [Hawley] Used in perfumes; Also used as a flavoring agent, dye carrier, disinfectant additive, and solvent (cellulose esters and ethers, resins, and rubber); [HSDB]

Comments

A skin, eye, nose, throat, and upper respiratory tract irritant; May sensitize skin and respiratory tract; [CAMEO] A mild skin irritant; An eye irritant; [eChemPortal: ERMA] An irritant; May cause skin and respiratory sensitization after prolonged contact; [MSDSonline] Oral LD50 (rat) = 1177 mg/kg; [Ullmann]

Exposure Assessment
Vapor Pressure

0.38 mm Hg

Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

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