Amylcinnamyl Alcohol

What Is It?

Amylcinnamyl Alcohol, also called alpha-amyl cinnamic alcohol, is a colorless to slightly yellow liquid with a light floral odor. In cosmetics and personal care products, it is used as a fragrance ingredient in a wide variety of products including bath products, soaps and detergents, perfumes and colognes, skin care products and hair care products.

Why Is It Used?

Amylcinnamyl Alcohol functions as a fragrance ingredient.

Scientific Facts

Amylcinnamyl Alcohol is a synthetic fragrance compound that is insoluble in water.

Safety Information

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Amylcinnamyl Alcohol as a flavoring agent for direct addition to food. The safety of Amylcinnamyl Alcohol 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 Amylcinnamyl Alcohol in fragrances because of potential sensitization.

Link to the IFRA Standards:

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 alcohol:…

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

Link to the JECFA safety evaluation of Amylcinnamyl Alcohol:

The Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association Expert Panel has reviewed the safety of Amylcinnamyl Alcohol and determined that it is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for use as a flavoring substance. In Europe, Amylcinnamyl Alcohol 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 Amylcinnamyl Alcohol 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.


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