Benzyl alcohol occurs naturally in certain essential oils (ylang ylang, jasmine and cinnamon) but also occurs in some fruits (apple, cranberry and grapefruit). It can also be found in green tea.
Benzyl alcohol has a floral, sweet scent.
Benzyl alcohol thins very thick ingredients for a smoother application (solvent).
Benzyl alcohol has antibacterial properties and is used as a preservative.
Benzyl alcohol has anti-parasite properties and can be used to treat head lice.