ingredient information
Benzyl Alcohol
Benzyl alcohol, also called phenylmethanol, is a clear, colorless liquid with a mild pleasant aromatic odor. It is a primary alcohol having very reactive methylene and nuclear hydrogen groups, melting at 15 C and Boiling at 205 C. It is soluble in water and readily soluble in alcohol and ether. Benzyl alcohol is prepared by the hydrolysis of benzyl chloride in the presence of soda ash. It reacts with acids ( acetic, benzoic, and sebacic acids) to form esters and other compounds. and thus is used frequently as a valued intermediate in the soap, perfume, and flavor industries. Benzyl alcohol has properties of strong polarity and limited water solubility and thus is used as a general solvent for inks and lacquers and a degreasing agent in cleaners. This compound is used as a photographic developer in the processing of color movie films and as a dyeing assistant for filament nylons. Its applications include many pharmaceutical preparations as a bacteriostatic. It was used for antipruritic activity to relieve itching.