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    Methyl Salicylate

    Methyl Salicylate in Tradeasia

    IUPAC Name

    methyl 2-hydroxybenzoate

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    Basic Info


    Clear Yellow Liquid

    Common Names

    methyl salicylate



    Brief Overview

    Methyl salicylate (wintergreen oil) is an organic ester produced naturally by many plant species, mainly wintergreens. Methyl salicylate was first extracted and isolated from Gaultheria procumbens. It is also synthetically produced to be used in in foods and beverages, used as fragrance and in liniments. It is colorless to yellow or reddish liquid and it exhibits a characteristic odor and taste of wintergreen. Methyl salicylate is used as rubefacient and analgesic in deep heating liniments for acute joint and muscular pain. It is also used as a flavoring agent in chewing gums and mints in small concentrations and added as antiseptic in mouthwash solutions.


    Manufacturing Process

    Methyl Salicylate is industrially produced using a process called the Kolbe-Schmitt reaction. First, phenol is reacted with sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and carbon dioxide (CO2) to add the carboxylic acid group to the molecule to obtain salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is then methylated to obtain methyl salicylate. A byproduct, double carboxylation of phenol, is formed in minute quantities during the Kolbe-Schmitt process.

    Food and Beverage Industry

    Methyl Salicylate is widely used as flavor enhancer in food production such as gum and candy to enhance aroma. It is also widely used as flavor enhancer in beverage in soft drinks to enhance aroma.


    Pharmaceutical Industry

    Methyl Salicylate is widely used as intermediate in medicine manufacturing and as aroma enhancer in Oral drugs and paints.


    Cosmetics Industry

    Methyl Salicylate is widely used as aroma enhancer in Cosmetics.

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