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A 19-year-old female asked:

Could phenethyl alcohol be natural?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Yes and No: Phenethyl alcohol is found in certain plants, so it is natural in that setting. Like many compounds, scientists may have the ability to create it in a lab (it would not be natural in that setting). Likewise, this or similar compounds in a plant in your yard would be natural, but having a bottle of the compound sitting on your table would be unnatural. It all depends on the details.
Last updated Jan 13, 2019

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