Benzyl Alcohol Technical Grade, is used as a general solvent; in the formulation of inks and lacquers; as a raw material in the manufacture of its various esters, used in the soap, perfume, and flavor industries; and as an intermediate in the synthesis of polypeptides. It is also used extensively as a non-reactive compound where it reduces the viscosity and raises the flexibility of epoxy resin coatings.
The N.F./F.C.C. and BP grades of benzyl alcohol are used in the pharmaceutical industry in emulsions and ointments, and in lotions for the relief of insect bites. In the cosmetics industry it is used as a preservative in conjunction with parabens and with methylisothiazolinone.