Eugenol, a member of the phenylpropanoids class of chemical compounds, is a clear to pale yellow oily liquid extracted from cinnamon leaf oil. It is slightly soluble in water and soluble in organic solvents it has a spicy, cinnamon-like aroma. Eugenol is used in perfumes, flavorings, essential oils, and in medicine as a local antiseptic and anesthetic. Eugenol can also be combined with zinc oxide to form a material known as Zinc Oxide Eugenol which has applications in dentistry.
Cinnamon leaves are a waste product in the Ceylon cinnamon industry. Smallholder producers are using age old distillation processes to produce crude cinnamon leaf oil which contains approximately 60% eugenol. Health Ingredients Ceylon purifies this crude oil using its own green technology to produce cinnamon leaf oil with +85% and +95% eugenol content.