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benzyl alcohol

Organic alcohol that occurs naturally in some fruits (apricots, cranberries) and teas. Its chief function in cosmetics is as a preservative, and it’s among the least sensitizing preservatives in use.

High amounts of benzyl alcohol can impart a noticeable floral-like scent to products, as it is part of the fragrance makeup of some essential oils such as jasmine.

As a volatile alcohol, it can pose a risk of sensitivity when used in high amounts, but is considered safe as used in cosmetics.

References for this information:

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, March 2007, issue 5, pages 1737-1742

International Journal of Toxicology, 2001, Supplement 3, pages 23-50

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