Benzyl Alcohol

What is it?

Benzyl alcohol is a fragrance and flavour material that also has preservative qualities.. Tom's uses only natural preservatives in our products to ensure that they are both safe and effective throughout the life of the product, so Tom's diligently selected benzyl alcohol derived from Cassia (cinnamon) oil.

Although the term “alcohol” is used in the name, it does not contain any ethanol, the volatile alcohol found in alcoholic beverages and some mouthwash products, and may be present in products that are considered alcohol free.In chemistry, the term alcohol is used more broadly to describe many organic compounds that share a common functional group, even though the materials themselves all behave very differently.

What does it do?

Benzyl Alcohol is a clear liquid that is used in Tom’s toothpaste products as a natural preservative. In addition to serving a natural preservation function in the product, it also enhances the flavour of the product.

How is it made?

Our Stewardship Model guides us to select ingredients which have been processed in a manner that supports our philosophy of human and environmental health.

Is this the right option for me?

The Australian Department of Health have noted that Benzyl Alcohol poses no unreasonable risk to human health when used as a cosmetic1