My watch list  

Benzyl benzoate

Benzyl benzoate
Systematic (IUPAC) name
benzyl benzoate
CAS number 120-51-4
ATC code P03AX01
PubChem 2345
DrugBank APRD00821
Chemical data
Formula C14H12O2 
Mol. mass 212.244 g/mol
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability  ?
Metabolism  ?
Half life  ?
Excretion  ?
Therapeutic considerations
Pregnancy cat.


Legal status
Routes  ?

Benzyl benzoate is the organic compound with the formula C6H5CH2O2CC6H5. This easily prepared compound has a variety of uses.

Additional recommended knowledge



This colourless liquid is formally the condensation product of benzoic acid and benzyl alcohol. It can also be generated from benzaldehyde by the Tishchenko reaction.[1]

2 C6H5CHO → C6H5CH2O2CC6H5


Benzyl benzoate has a number of uses:

  • As an antiparasitic insecticide that kills lice and the mites responsible for the skin condition scabies
  • As a fixative in fragrances to improve the stability and other characteristics of the main ingredients
  • As a food additive in artificial flavors
  • As a plasticizer in cellulose and other polymers
  • As a solvent for various chemical reactions
  • As a treatment for sweet itch in horses

Health & Safety information

Benzyl benzoate should be avoided by people with perfume allergy[2].


  1. ^ Kamm, O.; Kamm, W. F. "Benzyl benzoate" Organic Syntheses, Collected Volume 1, p.104 (1941)
  2. ^ Survey and health assessment of chemical substances in massage oils
This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Benzyl_benzoate". A list of authors is available in Wikipedia.
Your browser is not current. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 does not support some functions on Chemie.DE