In the past, sweet clover was used for its antispasmodic properties and anti-inflammatory effect on the eyes. Today it is used as a phlebotonic. The entire plant (particularly when it is dry) gives off a distinctive smell that comes from one of the substances in the plant: coumarin. This "gingerbread" aroma is very popular in perfumery.
Distilled clover flower water is used in the manufacture of refreshing and softening lotions such as cleansers. This floral water possesses astringent and anti-redness properties, ideal for sensitive and fragile skin.