Know Your Ingredients: Benzyl Alcohol

by Gio

benzyl alcohol

What it is
Benzyl Alcohol is an organic alcohol that naturally occurs in some fruits, like apricots.

What it does
Benzyl Alcohol is commonly used as a preservative.
In addition, it can also impart a floral-like scent to cosmetic products.

Side effects
Although irritating in high amounts, it is considered safe at the small concentrations in which it is used in cosmetics.

(Sources: Contact Dermatitis, September 2011 and Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, March 2007)

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4 comments

Kiss & Make-up June 14, 2015 - 8:41 am

Yeah, this is indeed one of the safe alcohols.

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Gio June 15, 2015 - 7:09 am

Melissa, it is indeed. 🙂

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Judith Tankink October 28, 2017 - 2:42 am

Änd it is a known allergen…

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Gio November 5, 2017 - 5:55 pm

Judith, thanks for pointing that out.

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