Molecule of the Week

Eugenol

June 19, 2006

The spicy fragrance of cloves comes largely from eugenol, the principal ingredient in oil of cloves. Eugenol is used not only in perfumes and mouthwashes, but also as an insect attractant and a dental analgesic. It can be oxidized to form vanillin, which has a vanilla scent.

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