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BENZOIC ACID

Score:

Data: Good

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  • Synonyms
  • Use restrictions (moderate) and Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW

Products with this Ingredient

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shampoo167 products
conditioner125 products
foundation122 products
mouthwash95 products
concealer86 products
facial cleanser86 products
facial moisturizer/treatment81 products
moisturizer81 products
lipstick76 products
body wash/cleanser74 products
hair treatment/serum62 products
makeup remover52 products
mask46 products
hand cream42 products
serums & essences42 products
toners/astringents38 products
exfoliant/scrub35 products
hair styling aide32 products
styling gel/lotion31 products
lip gloss27 products
liquid hand soap26 products
antiperspirant/deodorant22 products
toothpaste21 products
mascara21 products
recreational sunscreen20 products
daily use with SPF20 products
brow liner19 products
body firming lotion18 products
eye shadow15 products
around-eye cream12 products
hair spray12 products
sunless tanning10 products
eye makeup remover10 products
baby wipes9 products
detangler9 products
styling mousse/foam8 products
makeup primer8 products
body spray8 products
setting powder/spray8 products
after shave7 products
facial powder7 products
eye liner7 products
lip plumper7 products
baby shampoo6 products
bronzer/highlighter6 products
blush6 products
foot moisturizer5 products
baby lotion5 products
5 products
beard cleanser5 products
diaper cream4 products
hair color and bleaching4 products
fragrance for women4 products
lip balm4 products
baby soap4 products
anti-aging3 products
lip balm with SPF3 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)3 products
bar soap3 products
other eye makeup3 products
after sun product3 products
shaving cream (men's)2 products
shaving cream2 products
bubble bath2 products
baby sunscreen2 products
beard care2 products
baby bubble bath2 products
bath oil/salts/soak1 products
nail treatment1 products
hair-loss treatment1 products
oil controller1 products
skin fading/lightener1 products
BB cream1 products
fragrance for men1 products
tanning oil1 products
foot odor control1 products
beard oil1 products
muscle/joint soreness1 products
nail polish1 products

Use restrictions

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Concern Reference
Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Japan - restricted for use in cosmetics (concentration limit)Japan's Standards for Cosmetics
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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Concern Reference
Limited evidence of sense organ toxicityScorecard.org Toxicity Information
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

Data gaps

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Concern Reference
Insufficient data to determine safetyEPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)
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
16719 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

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

Cancer

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Concern Reference
Not likely to be carcinogenic in humansEPA Water Disinfection By-Products Carcinogenicity
Limited or incomplete evidence of cancer according to safety/hazard data – government assessment cannot classify as human carcinogen due to data gapsEPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS)

Ecotoxicology

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Concern Reference
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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Concern Reference
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data Sources

  • Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. 2006. Standards for Cosmetics. Evaluation and Licensing Division. Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau.
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • ED (Environmental Defense). 2006. Scorecard _ The Pollution Information Site. http://www.scorecard.org.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). 2008. Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). Evidence for human carcinogenicity based on 1986-2005 guidelines.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
  • 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.
  • EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). 2006. EPA Water Disinfection By-Products with Carcinogenicity Estimates. Last updated: 10 April 2006.

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