Benzyl Alcohol

What is it?

Benzyl alcohol is fragrance and flavor material that also has preservative qualities. It is both naturally occurring in plants and can be synthetically prepared. 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 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. These “alcohols” include aromatic alcohols like benzyl alcohol and fatty alcohols like stearyl alcohol that may be present in consumer products labeled as alcohol free. 

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 flavor 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?

Benzyl Alcohol is considered safe for use in foods by the US Food and Drug Administration. With high use levels some people may experience irritation reactions, but at Tom’s we are mindful of this and formulate our products appropriately. Tom’s of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with pure and natural ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.