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Benzyl alcohol
English name
Benzyl Alcohol
CE No.


  • Plant
  • Synthetic

CosIng functions

  1. Preservative
  2. Solvent
  3. Fragrance Ingredient


May be used in all types of cosmetic products.

Maximum concentration in ready for use preparation (finished cosmetic product)
• 1%.

Aromatic molecule classified among the  26 aromatic allergen coumpounds which notification is compulsory.

The presence of the substance must be indicated in the list of ingredients when its concentration exceeds:
• 0.001% in leave-on products
• 0.01% in rinse-off products

Solvents, perfumes and flavourings
• For purposes other than inhibiting the development of micro-organisms in the product. This purpose has to be apparent from the presentation of the product.

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