An organic compound (C6H5CH2O2CC6H5) and ester of benzoic acid and benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate forms solid flakes or a thick liquid when combined with other chemicals. Used in medications for treating lice and scabies and as an insect repellent, benzyl benzoate is included on the World Health Organization's list of essential medicines as a safe and effective medication needed in the global health system.
Benzyl benzoate has spasmolytic and vasodilating effects beneficial to providing symptom relief to people taking whooping cough and asthma medications. It is also works as an excipient in drugs treating hypogonadism and low testosterone.
Nonmedical uses of benzyl benzoate include dye carrier, plasticizer, cellulose derivative solvent and perfume fixative.