Cinnamyl Alcohol

What Is It?

Cinnamyl Alcohol is a pale yellow liquid with the odor of hyacinth. In cosmetics and personal care products, Cinnamyl Alcohol is used in the formulation of bath products, body and hand products, perfumes, and tonics and other hair grooming aids.

Why Is It Used?

Cinnamyl Alcohol functions as a fragrance ingredient and as a flavoring agent.

Scientific Facts

Cinnamyl Alcohol is a naturally occurring fragrance compound found in the bark of cinnamon trees, as well as in the leaves of the tea-tree, and hyacinth and daffodil flowers. It can also be produced synthetically.

Safety Information

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) includes Cinnamyl Alcohol on its list of flavoring agents permitted for direct addition to food. The safety of Cinnamyl 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 Cinnamyl 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 Cinnamyl Alcohol:…

The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) concluded that Cinnamyl 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 Cinnamyl Alcohol:

The Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association Expert Panel has reviewed the safety of Cinnamyl Alcohol and determined that it was Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for use as a flavoring substance. In Europe, Cinnamyl Alcohol is included on the list of “allergenic” substances. The European Cosmetics Regulation 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 Cinnamyl 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.

More Scientific Information

Cinnamyl Alcohol is an organic compound. Cinnamyl Alcohol has the odor of hyacinth and is used as a fragrance ingredient and as a flavoring agent.


Find out more about the regulation of Food Additives by the Food and Drug Administration

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EU Cosmetics Inventory