For email enquiries, reach out to us at -,
Vanillin Chemical Structure

Home » Organic Fine Chemicals and Intermediates »Vanillin

What is Vanillin

Vanillin is an organic compound and a member of the class of benzaldehyde. It is both naturally occurring and synthetically produced. It is the primary component of the extract of the vanilla bean. It functions as a metabolite of plants, an anti-inflammatory agent, a flavouring agent, an antioxidant, and an anticonvulsant.

Macsen Laboratories is the supplier of high-quality Vanillin with ISO certification.
Name of Product Vanillin
IUPAC Name 4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde
Synonyms Vanillaldehyde; Vanillic aldehyde; p-Vanillin; Lioxin; Vanilla; Vanilline; 3-Methoxy-4-hydroxybenzaldehyde; Zimco; Vanilina
CAS No 121-33-5
Molecular Formula C8H8O3
Molar Mass 152.15 g/mol
Pubchem CID 1183

Chemical Properties

SR. No Criteria Limit/Specification
1 Appearance (Form) Solid needles or Crystalline powder
2 Appearance (Colour) White or off-white
3 Odour Pleasant aromatic vanilla odor (Sweetish smell)
4 Taste Pleasant vanilla taste
5 Density 1.06 g/cm³
6 Melting Point 81-83 °C
7 pH Solutions are acid to litmus
8 Solubility Very soluble in ethanol, diethyl ether, acetone
Soluble in benzene, ligroin
Slightly soluble in water
9 Flash Point 153 °C (307 °F) - closed cup


  • The primary use of vanillin is as a flavouring agent in sweet foods, such as ice cream, chocolates, confections and baked goods.
  • It is also used in perfumes, medicines, livestock fodder, and cleaning products (laundry detergents, air fresheners).
  • Vanillin is used as a chemical intermediate in the manufacture of several important drugs and other products such as cosmetics and other fine chemicals.
  • It can also be used as an all-purpose stain for detecting spots on thin-layer chromatography plates as well as in Vanillin–HCl staining to visualize the localisation of tannins in cells.

Side effects


Q. Is vanillin vegan?

Vanillin is vegan.

Q. What is ethyl vanillin?

Ethyl vanillin is a benzaldehyde belonging to the vanillin class in which the methoxy group has been replaced with an ethoxy group.

Q. Is vanillin the same as vanilla?

Vanillin is the naturally occurring chemical compound that we recognize as the primary aroma and taste of vanilla.

Q. What is vanillin made of?

Vanillin naturally occurs in vanilla beans. However, it can be produced in different ways synthetically: from a petrochemical raw material called guaiacol, from wood, from other biomass sources (organic material coming from plants), or from lignin.

You can enquire about any of our products/services online.

Our team will get back to you within 24 hours.