Emerald Kalama Chemical

Emerald Kalama Chemical

Kalama® Benzyl Alcohol NF/FCC

Emerald is a leading global producer of benzyl alcohol, producing a high quality, chlorine-free product that meets FCC and NF specifications and requirements. Kalama® Benzyl Alcohol NF/FCC is a food-grade, GRAS ingredient (21 CFR §172.515) commonly known for its low volatility and toxicity. It is the right choice for a large number of pharmaceutical, personal care, food, and technical applications.

In personal care and pharmaceutical applications, Kalama Benzyl Alcohol NF/FCC is an effective preservative to inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeasts, and molds. It is used to preserve the freshness and integrity of products such as lotions, hair care, shower gel, body wash, antiperspirants, deodorants, wipes, mouthwash, toothpaste, emulsions, ointments, and insect bite relief lotions.

Kalama Benzyl Alcohol NF/FCC is used as an intermediate in the synthesis of polypeptides and as a raw material in the manufacture of esters, such as benzyl acetate and benzyl benzoate, which are used in the soap, perfume, and flavor industries. Its high purity and stable odor profile are beneficial in fragrance applications. Other applications include coatings, lacquers, photo developer systems, and metal cleaning formulations.

Emerald also offers Kalama Benzyl Alcohol NF/Parenteral and Kalama Benzyl Alcohol Technical.


Assay99.9% min. (EU produced); 99.8% min. (US produced, GC method)
Benzaldehyde400 mg/kg max. (EU produced); 0.15% max. (US produced, NF method)
Chlorine2 mg/kg max. (EU produced); passes FCC test (US produced)
Typical Properties
NF/FCCPasses Required Tests
European PharmacopoeiaPasses Required Tests
British PharmacopoeiaPasses Required Tests
Application GroupApplicationDescriptionNotes
AdhesivesPlasticizersCosolvent for cellulose acetate and nitro celluloseAromatic
Flavor & Fragrance BlendFragrance ApplicationAromatic fragrance fixative, coalescent, solvent, biostatFaintly aromatic
FoodFlavor ApplicationFragrance fixative in confectioneries and chewing gumFaintly aromatic
Graphic Arts & PrintingInksSolvent or co-solvent in inks and lacquers
Household CareFragrance ApplicationSolvent for artificial musks and fragrance for candlesAromatic
Industrial IntermediatesIndustrial Cleaning ProductsSolvent or co-solvent in cleaning formulations
Paints & CoatingsPaints and Coatings -OtherSolvent used in paint stripper formulations, especially as a more eco-friendly substitute for methylene chloride, also called dichloromethane/DCM or dimethyl chloride
Personal CarePreservationSafe, effective, broad spectrum preservative for personal care products, including mouthwashes and toothpastes

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