Hexyl Cinnamal


Fragrance Synthetic and Natural

No known benefits

Hexyl Cinnamal description

Hexyl cinnamal is an ingredient used in many perfumes and often seen in fragranced skin care products. Hexyl cinnamal imparts a jasmine-like scent. It’s considered a skin sensitizer, which is why it must be called out on an ingredient statement, whereas in the past a cosmetics company could lump ingredients like hexyl cinnamal into the catchall term “fragrance.”

Hexyl Cinnamal references

  • Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology, 2015, pages 227-231
  • Contact Dermatitis, November 2010, pages 262-269

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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Not Rated