- Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.
Other ConcernsUse restrictions (moderate), Endocrine disruption (low), Ecotoxicology (low), and Occupational hazards (high)
SYNONYMSBENYLATE, BENZOIC ACID, BENZYL ESTER, BENZOIC ACID, PHENYLMETHYL ESTER, BENZYL BENZOATE, BENZYL ESTER BENZOIC ACID, PHENYLMETHYL BENZOATE, and PHENYLMETHYL ESTER BENZOIC ACID
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Benzyl benzoate is used as solvent and preservative; associated with allergies and contact dermatitis.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
HIGHAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|fragrance for women||169 products|
|lip gloss||104 products|
|hair treatment/serum||87 products|
|hair styling aide||79 products|
|fragrance for men||46 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||43 products|
|lip balm||43 products|
|lip plumper||32 products|
|hair spray||28 products|
|styling gel/lotion||28 products|
|hand cream||26 products|
|body wash/cleanser||25 products|
|serums & essences||23 products|
|hair color and bleaching||20 products|
|facial cleanser||20 products|
|body spray||18 products|
|bar soap||17 products|
|eye shadow||16 products|
|body oil||15 products|
|setting powder/spray||15 products|
|liquid hand soap||14 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||13 products|
|body firming lotion||11 products|
|styling mousse/foam||10 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||10 products|
|sunless tanning||10 products|
|daily use with SPF||10 products|
|bubble bath||9 products|
|makeup primer||6 products|
|shaving cream||6 products|
|recreational sunscreen||6 products|
|hand sanitizer||6 products|
|lip balm with SPF||5 products|
|cuticle treatment||5 products|
|around-eye cream||4 products|
|nail treatment||4 products|
|after sun product||4 products|
|polish remover||4 products|
|baby lotion||3 products|
|BB cream||3 products|
|brow liner||3 products|
|after shave||2 products|
|foot moisturizer||2 products|
|hair relaxer||2 products|
|beard care||2 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||1 products|
|diaper cream||1 products|
|makeup remover||1 products|
|nail polish||1 products|
|baby oil||1 products|
|hair-loss treatment||1 products|
|lip liner||1 products|
|baby sunscreen||1 products|
|depilatory (men's)||1 products|
|Known human any toxicant or allergen||Open scientific literature|
|Possible human immune system toxicant or allergen||SCCPNFP Opinion on Fragrance Allergy|
|Allowed workplace exposures restricted to low doses||CPS&Q - Classification & Labelling|
|Recommended restricted in cosmetics - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Fragrance subject to restrictions: safe only within recommended use or concentration limitsn)||International Fragrance Association Codes & Standards|
|Restricted in cosmetics - labeling requirement for allergens||CosIng|
|Associated with endocrine disruption||Open scientific literature|
|Wildlife and environmental toxicity||CPS&Q - Classification & Labelling|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|467 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|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Classified as a low human health priority||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- SCCPNFP (Scientific Committee On Cosmetic Products And Non-Food Products). 1999. Opinion Concerning Fragrance Allergy In Consumers. . SCCNFP/0017/98 Final, December 1999; and SCCPNFP (Scientific Committee On Cosmetic Products And Non-Food Products). 2000. An Initial List Of Perfumery Materials Which Must Not Form Part Of Fragrances Compounds Used In Cosmetic Products. SCCNFP/0320/00, final May 2000.
- CPS&Q (Consumer Products Safety & Quality) formely known as ECB (European Chemicals Bureau). 2008. Classification and Labelling: Chemicals: Annex VI of Directive 67/548/EEC through the 31st ATP.
- IFRA (International Fragrance Association). 2006. Codes and Standards.
- European Commission. 2013. Cosing, the European Commission database with information on cosmetic substances and ingredients. Accessed on March 1, 2013 at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/ .
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- 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.
- CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
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