What is it? 
Cinnamic alcohol is used in a variety of cosmetics and foods for its cinnamon odor and its fixative properties, including the following.

How can I avoid it? 
Avoidance of fragranced cosmetics, medicaments, and household products prevents allergic contact dermatitis due to this material.  Although some foods contain cinnamic alcohol, it seems that ingestion of this flavor is a rare cause of dermatitis.

Skin contact with Cinnamic alcohol is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing Cinnamic alcohol should result in improvement and/or resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the US 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 no information, ask your pharmacist or call the company directly. At work, request a material safety data sheet (MSDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.

  • Flavoring in foods: 
    • Bitters 
    • Colas 
    • Vermouths 
  • Skin Care Products / Cosmetics
    • Antiperspirants / Deodorants
    • Hair grooming aids
    • Bath products
    • Moisturizers
    • Make-ups
    • Polish Remover
    • Powders / Sprays
    • Soaps / Cleansers
    • Shampoos / Conditioners
    • Sunscreens and Self-Tanners
  • Laundry products
  • Paper
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Chewing gum 
Other names for cinnamic alcohol
• 3-Phenyl-2-propen-1-ol 
• Cinnamyl alcohol 
• g-Phenylallyl-alcohol 
• Styrone 
• Styryl carbionol 

Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances
• Balsam of Peru 
• Propolis 
• Cinnamic aldehyde 
• Fragrances

How safe is it?

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