Benzyl Acetate

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  • Benzyl acetate is an organic compound with the molecular formula C9H10O2.
  • It is the ester formed by condensation of benzyl alcohol and acetic acid.
  • Benzyl acetate is found naturally in many flowers.
  • It is the primary constituent of the essential oils from the flowers jasmine, ylang-ylang and tobira.
  • It has pleasant sweet aroma reminiscent of jasmine.
  • It is used widely in perfumery and cosmetics for its aroma and in
    flavorings to impart apple and pear flavors.
  • It is one of many compounds that is attractive to males of various species of orchid bees, who apparently gather the chemical to synthesize pheromones.
  • It is commonly used as bait to attract and collect these bees
    for study.
  • Benzyl acetate is also used as a solvent in plastics and resin, cellulose acetate, nitrate, oils, lacquers, polishes and inks.
  • Benzyl acetate is widely used as a flavoring agent in the food industry and as a fragrant ingredient in a variety of consumer products such as
    soaps and lotions.
  • Benzyl acetate is used primarily as a component of perfumes for soaps and as a flavoring ingredient.
  • As a flavoring ingredient, it is found in a variety of baked goods, soft and hard candy,
    various beverages, frozen dairy, and chewing gum products.
  • Benzyl acetate is also a naturally occurring component of traditional foods, such
    as tomatoes, apples, mushrooms, and strawberries
  • Benzyl acetate is the primary ingredient in gardenia oil
    and jasmine-scented fabric softeners.
  • According to a study conducted by the University of Berkeley, benzyl acetate has been linked to pancreatic cancer.
  • Its vapors irritate the eyes and respiratory passages.
  •  Benzyl Acetate is a carcinogenic compound, meaning that it can cause cancer.
  • If it is inhaled, you may experience irritated lungs and eyes and a cough.
  • It can also be absorbed through your skin and can cause various systemic effects as a result.
  • Benzyl acetate is not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans.

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