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Benzyl acetate is an organic ester with the molecular formula CH₃COCH₂C₆H₅. It is formed by the condensation of benzyl alcohol and acetic acid.

Benzyl Acetate is a colorless liquid with a distinct jasmine odor, widely used in perfumes, soaps, and detergents. Occurring naturally in essential oils, it’s a major fragrance and flavor component. While stable under normal conditions, it poses hazards on burning and reacts with oxidants. Found in various foods, it acts as a plasticizer, solvent, and flavoring agent. Synthesized from benzyl alcohol, it exhibits toxicity through inhalation and ingestion, with potential carcinogenicity. Proper storage and handling precautions are recommended.

Characteristic Data

Property Value
Formula C6H5CH2OCOCH3
Density 1.05 g/cm³
Molar Mass 150.18 g/mol
Boiling Point 214 °C
Appearance Colourless liquid
Odor Floral
Solubility Soluble in benzene, chloroform; Miscible with ethanol, ether, acetone
Odor Type sweet, floral fruity odor
Melting point -51 °C
Vapor density 5.1
Vapor pressure 23 mm Hg ( 110 °C)
Flash point 216 °F
Storage temp -20°C
Solubility ≥35.7 mg/mL in EtOH; ≥49.4 mg/mL in DMSO
Form Liquid
Color Colorless liquid
Explosive limit 0.9-8.4%(V)
Water Solubility <0.1 g/100 mL at 23 ºC


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Benzyl acetate is an organic ester with the molecular formula CH₃COCH₂C₆H₅. It is formed through the condensation of benzyl alcohol and acetic acid, resulting in the characteristic ester linkage.

Benzyl acetate, like most other esters, possesses a sweet and pleasant aroma. This aromatic profile makes it valuable in applications related to personal hygiene and health care products, including perfumes, lotions, and soaps.

Benzyl acetate is synthesized through the condensation reaction between benzyl alcohol and acetic acid, typically catalyzed by an acid. The reaction results in the formation of the ester linkage.

Benzyl acetate is a widely employed fragrance ingredient in the cosmetic, personal care, and perfumery industries. Its pleasant aroma contributes to the olfactory profile of various products, enhancing their appeal.

While benzyl acetate is generally recognized as safe for use in personal care products, it’s important to adhere to recommended concentrations to avoid potential sensitivities. Compliance with regulatory guidelines ensures safe and effective utilization.

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