Benzenemethanol; Phenylcarbinol; Phenylmethyl alcohol; Phenylmethanol; alpha-Hydroxytoluene; Benzoyl alcohol; Hydroxytoluene; Benzenecarbinol; alpha-toluenol; (hydroxymethyl)benzene.
This compound is used as a photographic developer for color movie film and in perfumes, flavor industries, pharmaceuticals as a bacteriostatic, cosmetics, ointments, emulsions, textiles, sheet plastics and inks. It is a solvent for dyestuffs, cellulose esters, cellulose acetate, casein, gelatin, waxes and shellac. It is used as an intermediate for benzyl esters and ethers, as a surfactant, an insect repellent, local anesthetic, preservative in radio- pharmaceuticals and preservative in sterile solutions for intramuscular or intravenous use. It is used in heat-sealing polyethylene films, dyeing nylon filament and in microscopy as an embedding material. In veterinary medicine, it has been used for relief from pruritus. It once was used as an antiseptic. Some Perfumery Uses : Enhancer; Cacao; White Rose; Fixer; Hyacinth Jacinthe; Natural Occurrence : Tea. Cross: balsam Peru, benzoin tincture. May cause pigmentation of the face. ICU