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Data last updated:
October 2012

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Nivea Creme (2012 formulation)

EWG scientists reviewed Nivea Creme (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 Nivea Creme (2012 formulation) is 4.
Ingredient Concerns:
Overall Hazard
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
Allergies & immunotoxicity
Use restrictions

Ingredient Concerns

Ingredient Concerns Score
FRAGRANCEAllergies/immunotoxicity, Miscellaneous, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Ecotoxicology
Data: Fair
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
PETROLATUMOrgan system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions, Contamination concerns (PAHS)
Data: Fair
LANOLIN ALCOHOLAllergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Limited
MINERAL OILOrgan system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Fair
ALUMINUM STEARATEMultiple, additive exposure sources, Data gaps
Data: Limited
GLYCERINUse restrictions
Data: Good
CITRIC ACIDUse restrictions
Data: Good
Data: Fair
MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX (CERA MICROCRISTALLINA)Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Limited
PARAFFINOrgan system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Fair
PANTHENOLMultiple, additive exposure sources
Data: Limited
Data: Limited
OCTYLDODECANOLIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Data: Limited
DECYL OLEATEUse restrictions
Data: Limited
Data: Robust

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