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LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL

 
Asthma/Respiratory
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Skin Allergies &
Irritation
 
Some Concern
 
Developmental &
Reproductive Toxicity
 
Some Concern
 
Cancer
 
Low Concern
 
Environment
 
No Data, Some Concern
 
Top scoring factors: Low concern for damage to DNA; cancer; general systemic/organ effects
LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL can be found in 150 products.
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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.
Component: LINALYL ACETATE
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: LINALYL ACETATE
causes serious eye irritation
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Causes skin irritation
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Component: LINALYL ACETATE
Causes skin irritation
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Component: LINALYL ACETATE
NTP Toxcast scored 1.5-2.5
 
some
 
EWG Toxcast Analysis - National Toxicology Program (NTP)
May cause an allergic skin reaction
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Component: LINALYL ACETATE
May cause an allergic skin reaction
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Linked to prepubertal breast development in three boys and to estrogenic and anti-androgenic activity in cellular assays.
 
some
 
Derek V. Henley, Natasha Lipson, Kenneth S. Korach & Clifford A. Bloch. 2007. Prepubertal gynecomastia linked to lavender and tea tree oils. The New England journal of medicine 356(5), 479-85.
may cause damage to organs
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
harmful in inhaled
Only in: Household Cleaners
 
some
 
GHS Data from ECHA Website - European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Human case studies and in vitro testing shows that lavender oil is estrogenic.
 
some
 
J. Tyler Ramsey, Yin Li, Yukitomo Arao, Ajanta Naidu, Laurel A. Coons, Alejandro Diaz & Kenneth S. Korach. 2019. Lavender Products Associated With Premature Thelarche and Prepubertal Gynecomastia: Case Reports and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical Activities. The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism 104(11), 5393-5405.
Human case studies and in vitro testing shows that lavender oil is estrogenic.
 
some
 
J. Tyler Ramsey, Yin Li, Yukitomo Arao, Ajanta Naidu, Laurel A. Coons, Alejandro Diaz & Kenneth S. Korach. 2019. Lavender Products Associated With Premature Thelarche and Prepubertal Gynecomastia: Case Reports and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical Activities. The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism 104(11), 5393-5405.
Component: LINALYL ACETATE
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
 
 
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