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Phenethyl alcohol

Phenethyl alcohol[1]
Chemical name 2-Phenylethanol
Other names Phenethyl alcohol
Benzyl carbinol
Chemical formula C8H10O
Molecular mass 122.16 g/mol
CAS number [60-12-8]
Density 1.017 g/cm3
Melting point -27 °C
Boiling point 219-221 °C
SMILES OCCc1ccccc1
NFPA 704
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Phenethyl alcohol, or 2-phenylethanol, is a natural organic compound that is found in a variety of essential oils, such as rose, carnation, hyacinth, Aleppo pine, orange blossom,ylang-ylang , geranium, neroli, and champaca. It is slightly soluble in water (2 mL/100 mL H2O), but miscible with ethanol and ether.

Phenethyl alcohol is liquid alcohol with a pleasant floral odor. It is therefore a common ingredient in flavors and perfumery, particularly when the smell of rose is desired. It is also used as a preservative in soaps due to its stability in basic conditions. In biology it is of interest due to its antimicrobial proporties.


  1. ^ Merck Index, 11th Edition, 7185.

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