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Score:
Data available:
 
Limited
Data last updated:
October 2012

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Banana Boat Ultra Defense Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 (2012 formulation)

EWG scientists reviewed Banana Boat Ultra Defense Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 (2012 formulation) for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for Banana Boat Ultra Defense Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50 (2012 formulation) is 7.
Ingredient Concerns:
Overall Hazard
 
 
Cancer
 
 
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
 
 
Allergies & immunotoxicity
 
 
Use restrictions
 
 

Ingredient Concerns

Ingredient Concerns Score
RETINYL ACETATE (VITAMIN A ACETATE)Use restrictions, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Limited
OXYBENZONE
(Active Ingredient)
Enhanced skin absorption, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data), Endocrine disruption, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Fair
METHYLDIBROMO GLUTARONITRILEAllergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Limited
METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONEAllergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Neurotoxicity, Ecotoxicology
Data: Fair
METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONEUse restrictions, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Ecotoxicology, Cancer
Data: Limited
BHTAllergies/immunotoxicity, Cancer, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Developmental/reproductive toxicity
Data: Fair
TRIETHANOLAMINEUse restrictions, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES-in the presence of nitrosating agents)
Data: Fair
HOMOSALATE
(Active Ingredient)
Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Endocrine disruption, Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns (SALICYLIC ACID, TRIMETHYLCYCLOHEXANOL)
Data: Limited
LECITHINEnhanced skin absorption, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Use restrictions, Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES-in the presence of nitrosating agents)
Data: Fair
OCTISALATE
(Active Ingredient)
Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data), Allergies/immunotoxicity, Ecotoxicology
Data: Fair
PHENOXYETHANOLIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Occupational hazards, Use restrictions, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Allergies/immunotoxicity
Data: Limited
DISODIUM ETHLENE DICOCAMIDE PEG 15 DISULFATE
DISODIUM ETHYLENE DICOCAMIDE PEG 15 DISULFATE
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE)
Data: None
TOCOPHERYL ACETATEAllergies/immunotoxicity, Cancer, Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
Data: Fair
OCTOCRYLENE
(Active Ingredient)
Biochemical or cellular level changes, Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data), Persistence and bioaccumulation, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Data: Fair
DECANAMIDE, N,N-DIMETHYL-
DIMETHYL CAPRAMIDE
Use restrictions
Data: None
GLYCERINUse restrictions
Data: Good
AVOBENZONE
(Active Ingredient)
Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data), Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (BENZOIC ACID, 4-T-BUTYLBENZOIC ACID, BENZALDEHYDE, P-ANISIC ACID, ACETOPHENONE, DIBENZOYLMETHANE)
Data: Limited
HYDROGENATED DIMER DILINOLEYL/DIMETHYLCARBONATE COPOLYMER
HYDROGENATED DIMER DILINOLEY/DIMETHYLCARBONATE
None Identified
Data: None
SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE
SODIUM LAURYL LACTYLATE
None Identified
Data: None
SODIUM LAURYL SARCOSINATEEcotoxicology
Data: Limited
XANTHAN GUMNone Identified
Data: Fair
CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
CAPRYL GLYCOL
None Identified
Data: Limited
BEHENYL ALCOHOLNone Identified
Data: Limited
GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE
GLYCERYL STEARATE
Ecotoxicology
Data: Limited
CETEARYL ALCOHOLEcotoxicology
Data: Limited
CARBOMERNone Identified
Data: Fair
STEARYL ALCOHOLIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Ecotoxicology
Data: Limited
DISODIUM EDTAEnhanced skin absorption
Data: Fair
TOCOPHEROLCancer, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
Data: Fair
ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF EXTRACT
ALOE VERA (ALOE BARBADENSIS) LEAF JUICE
Use restrictions, Data gaps
Data: Limited
GLYCERYL STEARATE CITRATEUse restrictions, Data gaps
Data: None
WATERInnocuous
Data: Robust


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