Phenyl alcohol is the main component of rose oil obtained from roses. It also appears in orange blossom, ylang-ylang, carnation and geranium oil. Phenylethanol has a mild rose flavor. It is used in large quantities as a spice material, not only for rose compositions but also for other flowering spices. It is stable in alkali and can be used in soaps.
Phenyl alcohol can also be used in the manufacture of its esters and ethers for perfumery. Some of the important esters are ethyl phenylacetate, phenyl butyrate, and phenethyl methyl ether is an important ether of phenylethyl alcohol.