Butylphenyl methylpropional


INCI: Butylphenyl methylpropional

What is Butylphenyl methylpropional?

Lilial is another name for butylphenyl methylpropional. It is a synthetic aromatic aldehyde. It is available in liquid form, colorless to pale yellow. It has an intense floral scent and often connected with lily of the valley. Another interesting fact is, its R-enantiomer only has this scent, not S-enantiomer.

Use & Benefits

It is used for its fragrance in many cosmetics like bath products, hair care products, cleansing products, after shave lotions, skin care products, and shampoos. Regarding safety for using it in cosmetic product IFRA (International fragrance association) and REXPAN (Research Institute for fragrance materials expert panel) has set some guidelines for use as well as labeling instructions.

Its safety is still controversial as it can be sensitizing, skin irritant and a potential allergen. Another downside it that it also seen as an endocrine disruptor and even possibly a carcinogenic by the SCCS. But even with a safe concentration of Butylphenyl methylpropional as submitted by the IFRA. It is still under question.


European Commission Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety “OPINION ON Butylphenyl methylpropional (BMHCA)”, 2016.



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