Other ConcernsIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Beeswax is the purified wax from the honeycomb of the bee, Apis mellifera. This ingredient is listed in the PETA's Caring Consumer guide as a substance of animal origin.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|lip balm||741 products|
|recreational sunscreen||236 products|
|lip gloss||177 products|
|brow liner||137 products|
|hair styling aide||137 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||116 products|
|eye liner||106 products|
|lip liner||84 products|
|lip balm with SPF||63 products|
|diaper cream||56 products|
|hand cream||53 products|
|beard care||49 products|
|eye shadow||46 products|
|daily use with SPF||45 products|
|baby lotion||42 products|
|baby sunscreen||39 products|
|styling gel/lotion||35 products|
|around-eye cream||32 products|
|fragrance for women||28 products|
|makeup primer||23 products|
|bar soap||22 products|
|facial cleanser||22 products|
|damaged skin treatment||22 products|
|hair treatment/serum||22 products|
|hair color and bleaching||19 products|
|foot moisturizer||15 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||12 products|
|BB cream||10 products|
|hair removal waxes||9 products|
|muscle/joint soreness||9 products|
|cuticle treatment||9 products|
|serums & essences||8 products|
|makeup remover||6 products|
|nail treatment||5 products|
|body wash/cleanser||5 products|
|hair spray||5 products|
|body oil||5 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||5 products|
|baby soap||5 products|
|after sun product||4 products|
|lip plumper||3 products|
|facial powder||3 products|
|skin fading/lightener||3 products|
|after shave||3 products|
|shaving cream||3 products|
|body firming lotion||2 products|
|beard oil||2 products|
|eye makeup remover||1 products|
|sunless tanning||1 products|
|other eye makeup||1 products|
|foot odor control||1 products|
|liquid hand soap||1 products|
|baby powder||1 products|
|tanning oil||1 products|
Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
|Limited evidence of any irritation||Open scientific literature|
|Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in product||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|598 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Food Additive Status|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
- FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
- FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
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The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED® mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.
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