Cinnamyl alcohol

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A white crystalline solid that smells like hyacinth. Cinnamyl alcohol is obtained from storax, balsam Peru, cinnamon leaves, and hyacinth oil. It is used in soap formulations where it acts as a perfume, deodorant, and wetting agent.

Chemical structure

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Synonyms and Related Terms

cinnamic alcohol; styryl carbinol; phenylallylic alcohol


  • Combustible. Flash point = 126 C (258 F)
  • Fisher Scientific: MSDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

Soluble in water, ethanol, glycerol and organic solvents.

Composition C6H5CH:CHCH2OH
CAS 104-54-1
Melting Point 33 C
Density 1.04 g/ml
Molecular Weight mol. wt.=134.18
Boiling Point 257 C

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Richard C. Wolbers, Nanette T. Sterman, Chris Stavroudis, Notes for Workshop on New Methods in the Cleaning of Paintings, J.Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 1990
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 2362

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