Benzyl Acetate
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Benzyl Acetate
Benzyl acetate
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Preferred IUPAC name
Benzyl acetate
3D model (JSmol)
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  • InChI=1S/C9H10O2/c1-8(10)11-7-9-5-3-2-4-6-9/h2-6H,7H2,1H3 checkY
  • InChI=1/C9H10O2/c1-8(10)11-7-9-5-3-2-4-6-9/h2-6H,7H2,1H3
  • c1ccccc1COC(=O)C
  • CC(=O)OCc1ccccc1
Molar mass 150.18 g/mol
Appearance Colourless liquid
Odor flowery
Density 1.054 g/ml
Melting point -51.5 °C (-60.7 °F; 221.7 K)
Boiling point 212 °C (414 °F; 485 K)
0.31 g/100 mL
Solubility Soluble in benzene, chloroform
Miscible with ethanol, ether, acetone
-93.18·10-6 cm3/mol
NFPA 704 (fire diamond)
Flash point 102 °C (216 °F; 375 K)
461 °C (862 °F; 734 K)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Benzyl acetate is an organic ester with the molecular formula C9H10O2. It is formed by the condensation of benzyl alcohol and acetic acid.

Similar to most other esters, it possesses a sweet and pleasant aroma, owing to which, it finds applications in personal hygiene and health care products. It is a constituent of jasmin and of the essential oils of ylang-ylang and neroli. It has pleasant sweet aroma reminiscent of jasmine. Further as a flavoring agent it is also used to impart jasmine or apple flavors to various cosmetics and personal care products like lotions, hair creams etc..[1]

It is one of many compounds that is attractive to males of various species of orchid bees. It is collected and used by the bees as an intra-specific pheromone; In apiculture benzyl acetate is used as a bait to collect bees. Natural sources of benzyl acetate include varieties of flowers like jasmine (Jasminum), and fruits like pear, apple, etc.[2]

Industrially benzyl acetate is used as a medium of extraction in extraction of plastics, resin, cellulose acetate, cellulose nitrate, oils and lacquers.[]


  1. ^ "Benzyl acetate". The Good Scents Company.
  2. ^ Schiestl, F.P. & Roubik, D.W. (2004). "Odor Compound Detection in Male Euglossine Bees". Journal of Chemical Ecology. 29 (1): 253-257. doi:10.1023/A:1021932131526. PMID 12647866.

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