Benzyl alcohol

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)


CAS No. 100-51-6

Odour (decreasing): Floral-rose, phenolic, balsamic, mild and with only a very slight almond note

Solvent: -none added

Main synonyms: phenylmethanol

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Description and usage notes:

Benzyl alcohol appears in many flower and herb GC and headspace analyses and appears to act as a natural fixative and blending agent in flower scents: it can be used in a similar way in fragrance creation.

What is offered here is fragrance grade material of high purity: when benzyl alcohol develops a distinct almond note it is due to the formation of benzaldehyde – if this happens discard it and buy fresh.

Arctander seems to have a mixed opinion of this material: “Used in perfumery as a blender, in some florals quite extensively. Jasmin, Gardenia and Lilac may often be composed using Benzyl alcohol although this material is really dispensable in most cases.” 

Calkin & Jellinek suggest benzyl alcohol as a blender in rose, lilac and orange blossom fragrance compositions.  They also speculate that its widespread presence in the scent of flowers might be an indication that bees and other pollinating insects are better able to detect this material than humans.


1 review for Benzyl alcohol

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Peter (verified owner)

    I bought this as an experiment.. blindly because it’s printed on the back of a Kurkdjian box for his Satin Mood, and I read it was a fixative…
    it smells beautiful in a blend, and gives a lovely rose note, that’s very pretty.. it holds on through the mid of the scent very well, very impressed with this one

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