Benzoic acid was apparent in the sixteenth century. The dry beverage of gum benzoin was aboriginal declared by Nostradamus (1556), and again by Alexius Pedemontanus (1560) and Blaise de Vigenère (1596).

Pioneer plan in 1830 through a array of adventures based on amygdalin, acquired from absinthian almonds (the bake-apple of Prunus dulcis) oil by Pierre Robiquet and Antoine Boutron-Charlard, two French chemists, had produced benzaldehyde but they bootless in alive out a able estimation of the anatomy of amygdalin that would annual for it, and appropriately absent the identification of the benzoyl abolitionist C7H5O. This endure footfall was accomplished some few months after (1832) by Justus von Liebig and Friedrich Wöhler, who bent the agreement of benzoic acid. These closing aswell advised how hippuric acid is accompanying to benzoic acid.

In 1875 Salkowski apparent the antifungal abilities of benzoic acid, which was acclimated for a continued time in the canning of benzoate-containing cloudberry fruits.

It is aswell one of the actinic compounds begin in castoreum. This admixture is aggregate from the aholic bulb food.