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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

Lush New MELVITA Organic Rose Floral Water Artedeco Hot Chili Lip Booster Luxe Organix Miracle Soap For Face & Body Noxzema Ultimate Clear Anti-Blemish Pads Origins Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel Rose & Co Rose Petal Salve Lip Balm Tube Vaseline Lip Therapy Aloe ila-spa Body Oil for Inner Peace Bourjois Paris Little Round Pot. 33 Lilas D'Or Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Elemis Japanese Camellia Oil Blend Ho Karan The High Oil Origins Super Spot Remover™ Acne Treatment Gel Bybi Lip Buffer NAF! Stuff PRO Cherry Cuticle Oil Styx Cellulite Gel Aveda Brilliant™ Emollient Finishing Gloss Clarins Blue Orchid Facial Treatment Oil Dr Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Oil Dr Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Oil Ducray Tonifying Gel Fridge by Yde Glow & Beauty Hidrofugal Deo Roll On Antitranspirant Classic L'Oreal Botanicals Ginger & Coriander Strengthening Mask L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Sensitive Shower Gel Le Labo Camphor Balm Menomagic Rejuvenating Marula Oil Facial Serum Neal's Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil Omorfia Bright Star Origins Peace Of Mind® On-the-Spot Relief Bumble & Bumble Thickening Spray Cake The 'Do Gooder Volumizing Dry Shampoo Glow Lab Facial Oil Ilcsi Ichtyolic Concealer Neal's Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Toner Sister & Co Raw Coconut Drink For Hair Anne Semonin Precious Serum Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Dabur Amla Hair Oil Davines Naturaltech Energizing Gel Design Essentials Silk Essentials L'Erbolario Perfumed Soap Passion Fruit Lancôme Hydra-Zen Anti-Stress Gel Moisturizer Neusc P-Rosa Hand Repair Pill Omorfia Zen Purity Scentered Escape Theraphy Balm The Glow Pot Marula Oil Face Serum Weleda Everon Lip Balm may linstrom The Jasmine Garden