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Data: Fair

Bentonite

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (moderate)

SYNONYMS

● A COLLOIDAL CLAY. CONSISTS PRIMARILY OF MONTMORILLONITE.
● BENTONITE
● SOAP CLAY

Restricted

Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation


Bentonite is a native hydrated colloidal aluminum silicate clay. This ingredient is not anapproved colorant for the US. To identify the colorant allowed for use in the European Union (EU), theINCI Name CI 77004 must be used, except for hair d ye products.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • MODERATE
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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concealer16 products
shampoo14 products
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facial moisturizer/treatment13 products
eye shadow13 products
bar soap12 products
antiperspirant/deodorant11 products
body wash/cleanser11 products
moisturizer9 products
styling gel/lotion7 products
baby sunscreen7 products
around-eye cream6 products
makeup primer6 products
baby powder5 products
bronzer/highlighter5 products
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daily use with SPF5 products
eye liner4 products
serums & essences4 products
toothpaste4 products
hair treatment/serum3 products
pore strips3 products
shaving cream3 products
tooth whitening2 products
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toners/astringents2 products
liquid hand soap1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)1 products
foot cleansing1 products
eyelash glue1 products
BB cream1 products
setting powder/spray1 products
hair removal waxes1 products
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hand cream1 products
body powder1 products
diaper cream1 products
baby lotion1 products
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hair color and bleaching1 products
conditioner1 products

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Recommended restricted in cosmetics - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Product type restrictions or differences noted in safety assessment by industry panelCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
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 productCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
3924 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - anyCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
  • 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.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

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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Data availability

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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