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CYMBOPOGON (LEMON GRASS) OIL

 
Asthma/Respiratory
 
Some Concern
 
Skin Allergies &
Irritation
 
Some Concern
 
Developmental &
Reproductive Toxicity
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Cancer
 
Some Concern
 
Environment
 
Some Concern
 
Top scoring factors: Low concern for damage to DNA; biodegradation; general systemic/organ effects
CYMBOPOGON (LEMON GRASS) OIL can be found in 6 products.
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Evidence

Health issue
 
Level of Concern
 
Source
A review article reports this substance is not mutagenic
 
low
 
F. Bakkali, S. Averbeck, D. Averbeck & M. Idaomar. 2008. Biological effects of essential oils--a review. Food and chemical toxicology : an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association 46(2), 446-75.
A review article reports that terpenes may have anticancer properties.
 
low
 
Girija Kuttan, Poyil Pratheeshkumar, Kanjoormana Aryan Manu & Ramadasan Kuttan. 2011. Inhibition of tumor progression by naturally occurring terpenoids. Pharmaceutical biology 49(10), 995-1007.
Component: CITRAL
This substance is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) as a food additive by the US Food and Drug Administration
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
low
 
FDA - Priority based Assessment of Food Additive (PAFA) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
A review article reports this substance may have anticarcinogenic activity
 
low
 
F. Bakkali, S. Averbeck, D. Averbeck & M. Idaomar. 2008. Biological effects of essential oils--a review. Food and chemical toxicology : an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association 46(2), 446-75.
A peer-reviewed study reports that botanical oils prevent oxidative damage.
 
low
 
Kevin P. Anthony, Suziat A. Deolu-Sobogun & Mahmoud A. Saleh. 2012. Comprehensive assessment of antioxidant activity of essential oils. Journal of food science 77(8), C839-43.
Component: CITRAL
Causes skin irritation
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Component: CITRAL
The ACGIH reports this substance causes upper respiratory tract irritation.
 
some
 
Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
Component: CITRAL
Recognized by the European Union as a skin allergen
 
some
 
Allergen list - EU Cosmetics Directive
Component: CITRAL
May cause an allergic skin reaction
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Component: CITRAL
The European Commission's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety reports this substance is an established contact allergen in humans.
 
some
 
Opinion on Frangrance allergens in cosmetics (2011) - EU Cosmetics Directive
Component: CITRAL
The National Toxicology Program reports this substances may cause hyperplasia in laboratory animals at high doses.
Only in: Food
 
some
 
National Toxicology Program. 2003. NTP TECHNICAL REPORT ON THE TOXICOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS STUDIES OF CITRAL (MICROENCAPSULATED) (CAS NO. 5392-40-5) IN F344/N RATS AND B6C3F1 MICE (FEED STUDIES). NTP TR 505 NIH Publication No. 03-4439.
Component: CITRAL
The National Toxicology Program reports this substances may cause kidney toxicity in laboratory animals at high doses.
Only in: Food
 
high
 
National Toxicology Program. 2003. NTP TECHNICAL REPORT ON THE TOXICOLOGY AND CARCINOGENESIS STUDIES OF CITRAL (MICROENCAPSULATED) (CAS NO. 5392-40-5) IN F344/N RATS AND B6C3F1 MICE (FEED STUDIES). NTP TR 505 NIH Publication No. 03-4439.

Impurities

Health issue
 
Level of Concern
 
Source
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
The European Union Ecolabel program reports this substance is readily biodegradable.
 
low
 
Detergents Ingredients Database - EU Ecolabel
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
EPA testing shows this substance has moderate acute toxicity to aquatic life
 
low
 
EPA Fathead Minnow Acute Toxicity Database - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
eye irritation
 
low
 
Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
Causes skin irritation
 
some
 
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
Causes respiratory irritation
 
some
 
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
Causes severe skin burns and eye damage
Only in: Drain Opener/Clog Remover; Oven Cleaner; Hard Water Stain Remover; Toilet Cleaner; Stove Top Cleaner; Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
European Union Ecolabel program data shows this substance has high acute toxicity to aquatic life
 
some
 
Detergents Ingredients Database - EU Ecolabel
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
May cause an allergic skin reaction
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
Asthmagen
 
some
 
AOEC Asthmagen list - AOEC
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
suspected human carcinogen
 
some
 
Threshold Limit Value (TLV) Basis - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
Generally accepted as an asthmagen
 
some
 
AOEC Asthmagen list - AOEC
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
Causes nasal cancer
 
some
 
NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
Toxic if inhaled
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
Toxic in contact with skin
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
Toxic if swallowed
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
Probably carcinogenic to humans
 
some
 
EPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) - Cancer - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
Known to cause cancer
 
some
 
Prop 65 - CA Proposition 65
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
Causes severe skin burns and eye damage
Only in: Oven Cleaner; Drain Opener/Clog Remover; Hard Water Stain Remover; Toilet Cleaner; Stove Top Cleaner; Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
Suspected of causing cancer
 
some
 
GHS Hazard Codes - EU GHS Hazard Labeling Codes
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
Carcinogenic to humans
 
some
 
IARC 103 - IARC
Impurity: FORMALDEHYDE
Known To Be Human Carcinogen
 
some
 
NTP 12th RoC - NTP RoC
 
 
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