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What-it-does: perfuming

Official CosIng Information


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 ila-spa Body Oil for Inner Peace Bourjois Paris Little Round Pot. 33 Lilas D'Or Elemis Japanese Camellia Oil Blend Origins Super Spot Remover™ Acne Treatment Gel Bybi Lip Buffer Styx Cellulite Gel Clarins Blue Orchid Facial Treatment Oil Dr Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Oil Ducray Tonifying Gel Le Labo Camphor Balm Neal's Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil Origins Peace Of Mind® On-the-Spot Relief Cake The 'Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Neal's Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Toner Sister & Co Raw Coconut Drink For Hair Anne Semonin Precious Serum Scentered Escape Theraphy Balm ARGENTUM La Lune De Velours CLOCHEE Soothing Cleansing Oil Evolve Satin Body Gloss Lyonsleaf Calendula Cream Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste Monu Cleansing Balm RITUALS The Ritual Of Ayurveda Dry Oil eve lom Morning Time Cleanser Botanical Lab Clay & Sulfur Drying Lotion Formula 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser Monu Gentle Toner SauberKunst Winterapfel Shampoo omega pharma Dermosan By Terry Cellularose Micellar Water Cleanser By Terry Liftessence Oil Elixir Colleen Rothschild Radiant Cleansing Balm Dr Hauschka Birch Arnica Energising Body Oil Dr Hauschka Blackthorn Toning Body Oil Herbfarmacy Mallow Beauty Balm Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Lime Crime Extra Poppin Lip Gloss Löwengrip Instant Glow Facial Mist Nourish London Radiance Rejuvenating Peptide Serum Origins United State™ Balancing Tonic REN Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil Soaper duper Zingy Ginger & Sea Salt Body Scrub Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm Votary Facial Oil - Rose Maroc And Sandalwood Weleda Tinted Lip Balm