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2D structural formula of Benzyl alcohol


What is it?

“Benzyl alcohol is an aromatic alcohol with the formula C6H5CH2OH” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This ingredient belongs to the group:

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) list the substance as an ingredient causing allergies.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) identifies that the substance is ‘harmful if swallowed, harmful if inhaled and causes serious eye irritation’.

The fragrance chemical benzyl alcohol is classified as a frequent and well recognized allergen in CosIng; the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.

How is it used?

Benzyl alcohol is used as a solvent (a substance that dissolves a solute) in for example shellacs, paints and inks. Apart from shellacs, benzyl alcohol is used when making cosmetic products⋆ such as soaps and perfumes.

We use the European Commissions definition of Cosmetics:
“Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup”.

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