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Alcohols are used as solvents in reactions for dissolving chemicals which are insoluble in water, for examples perfumes, vegetable and cosmetic essences like vanilla extracts. Phenols are employed in the preparation of resins, dyes, explosives, lubricants, and plastics. Phenol and its derivatives are basic building blocks for polycarbonates, epoxies, Bakelite, nylon, detergents, and numerous pharmaceutical drugs. Phenols are employed in medicinal products such as ear and nose drops, throat lozenges and mouthwashes.