Eugenol is the main element in clove essential oil – and also found in other plants, including allspice, bay, cinnamon leaf, patchouli and pimento. (Although eugenol is also produced synthetically, nowadays.) When perfumers add eugenol to a fragrance’s construction, we may actually detect a hint of spicy carnation in there.
Unusually for a perfume ingredient you’ll quite often see it listed on the back of the carton which your fragrance bottle is packaged in: eugenol’s use is now restricted in perfumery, as it’s been known to cause allergies in some people, so it must be mentioned on perfume ingredients lists to alert them.
Smell eugenol in: