What is it?
Methyl Salicylate is is a fragrance used in a variety of products such as skin and oral care products, as well as in flavorings.

How can I avoid it?
Avoidance requires reading the product labels, package inserts, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer. The avoidance of fragrances such as Methyl salicylate can be difficult, since so many everyday products contain these substances. One should use only fragrance-free cosmetic and household products. “Unscented” products may contain low levels of a fragrance to cover up an undesirable odor and also should be avoided. Products labeled as “hypoallergenic” do not assure that the product is truly free of fragrance.Since fragrances are complex mixtures of many ingredients, an individual may tolerate one fragrance but not another. A trial-and-error method of avoiding a fragrance allergen in a product can be performed by applying the product to the forearm in the same small area twice a day for a week. If no dermatitis develops, the product may likely be used safely.Direct contact with foods or products containing Methyl Salicylate may cause symptoms including burning, irritation and redness. Direct contact may occur on the skin, lips or mouth. It is possible, but rare, that ingestion of this substance could cause generalized symptoms such as itching or redness of the skin.

  • Perfumes / Colognes / After-shaves / Toilet water 
  • Skin Care Products / Cosmetics
  • Antiperspirants / Deodorants
  • Hair sprays, gels, tonics and lotions
  • Hair Colorants / “Permanents-Relaxers”
  • Soaps / Cleansers
  • Shampoos / Conditioners
  • MoisturizersmMake-ups
  • Nail Polish / Nail Polish Remover
  • Powders / Sprays
  • Sunscreens
  • Medications, topical, prescription and over the counter such as
  • Anesthetics
  • Antiseptics
  • Creams, Ointments, Solutions
  • Foot And Other Powders
  • Liniments
  • Nasal Decongestants
  • Herbal remedies, including Traditional Chinese Medications
  • Wound Dressings
  • Household products
  • Air Fresheners / Aromatherapy / Potpourri
  • Cleaning Products / Soaps / Detergents (A preferred household cleaner is dilute white vinegar.
  • Furniture polish
  • Laundry care (detergent, softeners)
  • Foods, candies, gum, beverages, various, as a flavoring or spice
  • Oral Care Products as a flavoring
  • Cough mixtures
  • Toothpaste / Mouthwash
  • Throat tablets and lozenges

Other names for Methyl Salicylate:
  • Wintergreen oil
  • Betula oil
  • Sweet birch oil
  • Oil of wintergreen
  • Benzoic Acid, 2-Hydroxy-, Methyl Ester
  • Birch Oil, Sweet
  • Birch, sweet, oil (Betula lenta L)
  • 2-Carbomethoxyphenol
  • 2-Hydroxybenzoic Acid, Methyl Ester
  • Methyl 2-Hydroxybenzoate
  • Methylis salicylas
  • Salicylic Acid, Methyl Ester

Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • Sodium salicylate aspirin
  • Fragrances

How safe is it?

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