Friday, December 09, 2005

Eugenol in Fragrance Oils

Eugenol is a naturally-occurring component of both cinnamon and cloves. It is extracted from their essential oils and widely used in mouthwash, medicines, flavourings and fragrances. Eugenol is also one of the 26 potential allergens outlined by the 7th Amendment to the Cosmetics Directive. Having it specifically listed is extremely fortunate for soapers – not because it is a particularly dangerous component, but rather because it causes soap to seize.

To help European soapers comply with Amendment 7, we will supply both the MSDS and the allergen declaration for every fragrance oil we sell. The allergen document will reveal the presence of eugenol if it is contained in the oil. Most likely, it will only be found in floral fragrances, as that is the only type of fragrance that seems to require eugenol out of necessity, hence the tendency of most florals to accelerate or seize up once added to the soap pot.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i m rizwan khan frm pakistan, i have made a soap from the ingredients i.e: Borax , caustic soda and water. these for laundry soap,now i have a problem that, i use a wooden mold and i insert a baking paper in it,but it isn't harden for about three weeks , i want to know what is the problem for making my this soap, i also wants to know what temperature is required for the soap to harden,where i keep the soap mold without fridge, and tell me how i use silicon molds or how to make it