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Benzyl Alcohol BP Grade

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Benzyl Alcohol

Benzyl alcohol (also known as α-cresol) is an aromatic alcohol with the formula C6H5CH2OH.

The benzyl group is often abbreviated “Bn” (not to be confused with “Bz” which is used for benzoyl),

thus benzyl alcohol is denoted as BnOH.

Benzyl alcohol is a colourless liquid with a mild pleasant aromatic odour. It is a useful as a solvent for its polarity, low toxicity, and low vapor pressure. Benzyl alcohol has moderate solubility in water (4 g/100 mL) and is miscible in alcohols and diethyl ether. The anion produced by deprotonation of the alcohol group is known as benzylate or benzyloxide.

Colour: colourless to light brown liquid

Melting point: 21°C

Boiling point: 323.5°C

Flash Point: 148°C

Ignition temperature: 480°C

Vapour pressure at 25° C: 0.0305 Pa

Relative Density: 1.1 at 25°C

Solubility in Water: 15.3 mg/L at 20°C

Partition coefficient: n-octanol/water: Log Kow: 4 at 20°C


  • Used in creation of many asthma and whooping cough drugs
  • As an excipient in some testosterone-replacemet medications
  • As a topical acaricide, scabicide and pediculicide in veterinary hospitals
  • As a repellent for chiggers, ticks and mosquitoes
  • As a dye carrier
  • As a solvent for cellulose derivatives
  • As a plasticiser
  • As a fixative in perfume industry

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1 Litre, 10 Litres, 12 x 1 litre, 20 Litres, 24 Litres, 5 litre, 500ml, 6 x 1 litre

Hazard Class: 9

Packing Group: 3

Hazard Phrases: Harmful if swallowed. Very toxic to aquatic life. Toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.

Prec Phrases:  Wash hands thoroughly after handling. Do no eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Avoid release to the environment. IF SWALLOWED: Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. Dispose of contents/container in accordance to local law.

Cas No: 120-51-4
Einecs No: 204-402-9


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