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



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
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