Methyl benzoate appears as a crystalline solid or a solid dissolved in a liquid. Denser than water. Contact may slightly irritate skin, eyes and mucous membranes. May be slightly toxic by ingestion. Used to make other chemicals. Methyl benzoate is a benzoate ester obtained by condensation of benzoic acid and methanol. It has a role as a metabolite and an insect attractant. It is a benzoate ester and a methyl ester.