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Benzoic Acid

*Also Called: Carboxybenzene, Benzene carboxylic acid, Phenylformic acid

Cosmetic / Ingestion Purposes:

Masking, Fragrance, Bulking Agent, Ph Adjuster, Preservative

Ingredient Analysis

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Benzoic Acid

What does it do? What is it used for? Read further to learn how Organna CBD uses this ingredient to compliment our product offerings.

in simple terms,

Benzoic acid occurs naturally in many plants and serves as a food preservative and in the manufacture of various cosmetics, dyes, insect repellents, etc.

How safe is 

Benzoic Acid

Benzoic Acid is rated a 3 out of 10. This ingredient is considered moderate hazard. Organna CBD only uses All-Natural ingredients in the formulation of our products.

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Let's dive a little deeper...

Benzoic acid is a preservative and pH adjuster in skincare products. It is known to be well-tolerated and unlikely to cause sensitization in quantities usually used. It's usually blended with other preservatives to avert wider contamination, specifically in water-based formulas. Benzoic acid predominantly helps to lower the growth of fungi. It is not deemed particularly effective against bacteria.

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel ruled that personal care products containing up to 5% benzoic acid are safe for cosmetic use. When used as a preservative in skincare products, you'll discover benzoic acid level is usually between 0.2–0.5%. 

Note: While benzoic acid can be fragrant in essence, it usually isn't used in high enough volumes to produce a perceptible aroma in skincare products. 

Fun fact: Benzoic acid can be naturally found in fruits (berries), nuts, spices, and veggies. Excellent sources include strawberries, cayenne pepper, mustard, prunes, cinnamon, and cloves. Benzoic acid can also be used as a preservative in food products.

Benzoic acid is a chemical compound with various applications in industry and as a food preservative. While it has its uses, there are also considerations related to its safety.

Here are some scientific facts and health-related information about benzoic acid:

  • Chemical Structure - Benzoic acid has the chemical formula C7H6O2 and consists of a benzene ring with a carboxylic acid functional group (-COOH) attached to it. Its chemical structure is well-defined, and it is a simple aromatic compound.

  • Food Preservative - Benzoic acid and its sodium salt, sodium benzoate (E211), are widely used as preservatives in the food and beverage industry. They are added to acidic foods and drinks to prevent the growth of yeast, mold, and bacteria, extending the shelf life of these products.

  • Antimicrobial Properties - The primary reason for using benzoic acid as a food preservative is its antimicrobial properties. It inhibits the growth of microorganisms by disrupting their cellular functions, particularly by interfering with their ability to regulate the internal pH.

  • Natural Occurrence - Benzoic acid is naturally found in some fruits, such as cranberries, plums, and cinnamon, where it acts as a natural preservative. This has led to its use as a safe and effective food additive.

  • Safety - When used in accordance with established guidelines and within specified limits, benzoic acid is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by regulatory agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, excessive consumption or exposure can lead to health concerns.

  • Allergic Reactions - Some individuals may be sensitive or allergic to benzoic acid, which can lead to adverse reactions when it is consumed. Allergic responses can include skin rashes, hives, and respiratory symptoms.

  • Metabolism and Elimination - Benzoic acid is metabolized in the liver and eventually excreted in urine as hippuric acid. In normal dietary exposures, it is rapidly metabolized and eliminated from the body.

  • Toxicity and Limitations - Benzoic acid itself is considered to have low toxicity. However, its salts, like sodium benzoate, may have different toxicity profiles. The use of benzoic acid as a food preservative is subject to strict regulations to ensure that it is used safely and within established limits.

  • Health Benefits - While benzoic acid is not consumed for its direct health benefits, its use as a food preservative helps prevent food spoilage and contamination, thereby contributing to food safety. By extending the shelf life of food products, it helps reduce food waste.

  • Industrial and Chemical Applications - Apart from its role as a food preservative, benzoic acid is used as an intermediate chemical in the synthesis of various organic compounds, including dyes, perfumes, and plastics.

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