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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 Styx Cellulite Gel Clarins Blue Orchid Facial Treatment Oil Ducray Tonifying Gel Neal's Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Toner Anne Semonin Precious Serum Scentered Escape Theraphy Balm CLOCHEE Soothing Cleansing Oil Lyonsleaf Calendula Cream Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste eve lom Morning Time Cleanser SauberKunst Winterapfel Shampoo omega pharma Dermosan By Terry Liftessence Oil Elixir Herbfarmacy Mallow Beauty Balm Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Origins United State™ Balancing Tonic Soaper duper Zingy Ginger & Sea Salt Body Scrub Aveda Be Curly Co-Wash Rosense Foaming Cleanser In Fiore Lustra Illuminating Cleansing Essence La Eva Rosēum Wash Rodin Jasmine & Neroli Luxury Face Oil Alpha-H Age Delay Cleansing Oil Dr Hauschka Translucent Bronzer Rodin Lavender Absolute Luxury Face Oil sensatia botanicals Cleopatra’S Rose Facial Toner Goodness Every Day Cream Cleanser Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil The Body Shop Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil Bio-Oil Specialist Skincare Oil Dr Hauschka Clarifying Day Oil Lancôme Hydra Zen Moisturising Cream Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser Nip+fab body Cellulite Fix Origins Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Bright Dark Spot Correcting Serum Origins Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Defense Barrier-Boosting Essence Oil Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Exfoliating Booster Weleda Renewing Day Cream - Wild Rose Ziaja Milky Face Wash With Goat's Milk Aveda Brilliant Universal Styling Creme Farmec Romania Doina Clasic Lapte Nutritiv Vitaminizant Kate Somerville Exfolikate Nip+Fab Bust Fix Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser Ziaja Goat's Milk Serum