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What-it-does: perfuming


A colorless or yellowish oil that's used as a fragrance. It has a spicy scent and can be found for example in basil, clove or cinnamon oil.

A 2006 in-vitro  (made in the lab not on real people) study examined if clove oil is cytotoxic and found that not only clove oil but also its main constituent, eugenol is cytotoxic even at very low concentration (0.03%). It’s also one of the “EU 26 fragrances” that has to be labelled separately (and cannot be simply included in the term “fragrance/perfume” on the label) because of allergen potential. Best to avoid at least in leave-on products.

Show me some proof

  • Cell proliferation., 2006 Aug;39(4):241-8., Cytotoxicity of clove (Syzygium aromaticum) oil and its major components to human skin cells.

Products with Eugenol

MELVITA Organic Rose Floral Water Artedeco Hot Chili Lip Booster Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel Rose & Co Rose Petal Salve Lip Balm Tube Elemis Japanese Camellia Oil Blend Styx Cellulite Gel Clarins Blue Orchid Facial Treatment Oil Ducray Tonifying Gel Neal's Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil Origins Peace Of Mind® On-the-Spot Relief Neal's Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Toner Sister & Co Raw Coconut Drink For Hair Anne Semonin Precious Serum Scentered Escape Theraphy Balm CLOCHEE Soothing Cleansing Oil Lyonsleaf Calendula Cream Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste eve lom Morning Time Cleanser Botanical Lab Clay & Sulfur Drying Lotion Formula 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser SauberKunst Winterapfel Shampoo omega pharma Dermosan By Terry Liftessence Oil Elixir Herbfarmacy Mallow Beauty Balm Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Nourish London Radiance Rejuvenating Peptide Serum Origins United State™ Balancing Tonic Soaper duper Zingy Ginger & Sea Salt Body Scrub Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm Aveda Be Curly Co-Wash Colgate Gentle Whitening L'Erbolario Lip Balm Origins Ginger Gloss Smoothing Body Oil Rosense Foaming Cleanser Anastasia Beverly Hills Shimmer Body Oil Ayumi Rose Facial Toner In Fiore Lustra Illuminating Cleansing Essence Jeffree Star Cosmetics Diet Shane Lip Balm La Eva Rosēum Wash Rodin Jasmine & Neroli Luxury Face Oil Aesop Fabulous Face Oil Alpha-H Age Delay Cleansing Oil Burt's Bees Renewal Intensive Firming Serum Dermalogica Skin Resurfacing Cleanser Dr Hauschka Translucent Bronzer Garnier Bio Purifying Gel Wash With Fresh Lemongrass Neal's Yard Remedies Frankincense Hydrating Facial Mist Rodin Lavender Absolute Luxury Face Oil sensatia botanicals Cleopatra’S Rose Facial Toner Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment