What is it?

“Methyl eugenol (allylveratrol) is a phenylpropene, a type of phenylpropanoid compound, the methyl ether of eugenol. It has the chemical formula C11H14O2.” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This substance belongs to the group:

Methyleugenol is on the Red List* from Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (previously the Breast Cancer Fund). They classify the substance as a probable carcinogen.

* “The Red List includes chemicals found in personal care products that pose serious, chronic health concerns including cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive and developmental harm. The list also flags chemicals that are banned or have use restrictions by the U.S. or other world governments, ingredients that adversely impact worker health, and ingredients that are widely used in products marketed to women of color.” – Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

How is it used?

Methyl eugeno, sometimes also used as one word; Methyleugenol”, is a naturally occurring liquid that can be found in many essential oils. The compound is used in essential oils because it has a clove-like aroma. In cosmetic products* it is mainly used as a fragrance ingredient and can be found in sunless tanning products, body oils and body sprays.

We use the European Commissions definition of Cosmetics:
“Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup”.

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