Product Overview

Benzyl benzoate, a key component of Peru balsam oil, is either a viscous liquid or solid flakes. It possesses a mild, sweet, balsamic odor and occurs in various blossom concretes and absolutes. Its synthesis involves transesterification or the Tishchenko reaction.

Benzyl benzoate serves as an antimicrobial, solvent, and perfuming ingredient. It acts as a fixative and modifier in heavy blossom fragrances. Predominantly utilized in scabies treatment, it is also employed as a pediculicide, fungicide, and in nonaqueous injections.

Characteristic Data

Density1.12 g/cm³
Boiling Point324 °C
ClassificationOrganic Compound
Other NamesPhenylmethyl Ester, Benzoic Ester
ATC CodeP03AX01 (WHO), QP53AX11 (WHO)
Melting point17-20 °C
Vapor pressure1 mm Hg ( 125 °C)
Flash point298 °F
Storage temp2-8°C
SolubilityMiscible with ethanol, alcohol, chloroform, ether, oils
ColorClear colorless
Odorat 100.00 %. faint sweet balsam oily herbal
Odor TypeBalsamic
Water Solubilitypractically insoluble


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Benzyl benzoate is an organic compound utilized both as a medication, particularly for treating scabies and lice, and as an insect repellent. Its applications extend to addressing parasitic infestations in humans.

Benzyl benzoate is used to treat conditions such as scabies and lice infestations. It is typically applied topically to the skin in the form of a lotion for effective treatment.

Permethrin and Malathion are often preferred for treating scabies; however, benzyl benzoate may be chosen based on factors such as patient preference or contraindications to other treatments.

Benzyl benzoate is typically applied to the skin as a lotion, and two to three applications are often necessary for effective treatment. The specific application regimen may vary based on the severity of the infestation.

While primarily known for its antiparasitic properties, benzyl benzoate may have other uses, including as a solvent, fixative in perfumery, and as an ingredient in certain pharmaceutical formulations.

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