What is it?
Benzyl salicylate is a chemical substance with a balsamic herbal smell. It is used as a fixative in perfumery.
How can I avoid it?
Skin contact with benzyl salicylate is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing benzyl salicylate should result in improvement and/or resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the U.S. for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it, so check the labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is not enough information, ask your pharmacist or retailer, or contact the company directly. At work, request a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.
Skin Care Products/Cosmetics
Hair sprays, gels, tonics, and lotions
Soaps/Cleansers/Body wash/Bubble bath
Other names for benzyl salicylate:
2-Hydroxybenzoic acid phenylmethyl ester
Salicylic acid benzyl ester
2-Hydroxy-phenylmethyl ester benzoic acid
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances: