What is it?

“Benzyl benzoate (BnBzO) is an organic compound with the formula C6H5CH2O2CC6H5. It is the ester of benzyl alcohol and benzoic acid.” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This substance belongs to the groups:

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) writes that the substance is causing allergies.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) classifies benzyl benzoate as a substance that is “toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects and is harmful if swallowed.”

Benzyl benzoate is reported as an allergen in CosIng, the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.

Benzyl Benzoate is restricted for use in cosmetic products in the EU; ‘The presence of the substance must be indicated in the list of ingredients referred to in Article 19(1)g when its concentration exceeds: – 0.001% in leave-on products – 0.01% in rinse-off products’.

How is it used?

Benzyl benzoate is mainly used in insect repellents and in medications. In cosmetic products*, it can be found as a chemical fragrance ingredient, a preservative or a solvent (dissolves other substances).

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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