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style="background: #F8EABA; text-align: center;" colspan="2" Phenethyl alcohol[1]
CAS number 60-12-8
SMILES OCCc1ccccc1
Molecular formula C8H10O
Molar mass 122.16 g/mol
Melting point

-27 °C

NFPA 704

NFPA 704

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materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)

Infobox disclaimer and references

Phenethyl alcohol, or 2-phenylethanol, is a natural organic compound that is found in a variety of essential oils, such as rose, carnation, hyacinth, Aleppo pine, orange blossom,ylang-ylang , geranium, neroli, and champaca. It is slightly soluble in water (2 mL/100 mL H2O), but miscible with ethanol and ether.

Phenethyl alcohol is liquid alcohol with a pleasant floral odor. It is therefore a common ingredient in flavors and perfumery, particularly when the smell of rose is desired. It is also used as a preservative in soaps due to its stability in basic conditions. In biology it is of interest due to its antimicrobial properties.


  1. Merck Index, 11th Edition, 7185.

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