Amyl Cinnamal

What Is It?

Amyl Cinnamal, also called alpha-amyl cinnamic aldehyde, is a pale yellow liquid with a floral smell suggestive of jasmine. In cosmetics and personal care products, Amyl Cinnamal is used in the formulation of bath products, bubble baths, body and hand products, and shampoos.

Why Is It Used?

Amyl Cinnamal functions as a fragrance ingredient.

Scientific Facts

Although Amyl Cinnamal occurs naturally in some plants, the material included in most fragrances is synthesized.

Safety Information

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Amyl Cinnamal as a flavoring agent for direct addition to food. The safety of Amyl Cinnamal has been evaluated by the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials Expert Panel (REXPAN). Based on this evaluation, an International Fragrance Association (IFRA) Standard has been established.

The IFRA Standard restricts the use of Amyl Cinnamal in fragrances because of potential sensitization.

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The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) defers review of individual fragrance ingredients to the IFRA program unless the ingredient has significant uses other than as a fragrance. In this case, the ingredient may be assessed by both the CIR Expert Panel and REXPAN.

Link to FDA Code of Federal Regulations for alpha-amyl cinnamic aldehyde (Amyl Cinnamal):…

The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) concluded that Amyl Cinnamal does not present a safety concern at current levels of intake when used as a flavoring agent.

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The Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association Expert Panel has reviewed the safety of Amyl Cinnamal and determined that it was Generally Recognized as Safe for use as a flavoring substance. In Europe, Amyl Cinnamal is included on the list of “allergenic” substances.

The European Cosmetics Directive requires manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care products to indicate the presence of certain “allergenic” substances in the list of ingredients if they are present above certain levels in the product (see Annex III). The presence of Amyl Cinnamal must be indicated in the list of ingredients when its concentration exceeds: 0.001% in leave-on the skin products 0.01% in products that are rinsed off the skin

Link to the EU Cosmetic Regulation:…

More information about the safety of fragrances.

More Scientific Information

Amyl Cinnamal, also known as alpha-amyl cinnamaldehyde, is an aldehyde.


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