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Benzyl Salicylate

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (moderate), Endocrine disruption (low), and Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

SYNONYMS

● 2-HYDROXY- PHENYLMETHYL ESTER BENZOIC ACID
● 2-HYDROXYBENZOIC ACID, BENZYL ESTER
● BENZOIC ACID, 2-HYDROXY-, PHENYLMETHYL ESTER
● BENZOIC ACID, 2HYDROXY, PHENYLMETHYL ESTER
● BENZYL 2-HYDROXYBENZOATE
● BENZYL ESTER 2-HYDROXYBENZOIC ACID
● BENZYL ESTER SALICYLIC ACID
● BENZYL O-HYDROXYBENZOATE
● BENZYL SALICYLATE
● PHENYLMETHYL 2-HYDROXYBENZOATE
● PHENYLMETHYL ESTER BENZOIC ACID, 2-HYDROXY-
● SALICYLIC ACID, BENZYL ESTER

Restricted

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


Benzyl Salicylate is an ester of benzyl alcohol and salicylic acid; this ingredient has been associated with allergies and contact dermatitis.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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shampoo271 products
hair treatment/serum232 products
conditioner224 products
fragrance for women199 products
moisturizer181 products
foundation175 products
hair styling aide161 products
body wash/cleanser105 products
facial moisturizer/treatment84 products
styling gel/lotion76 products
concealer70 products
hair spray63 products
body spray61 products
lipstick60 products
hand cream58 products
exfoliant/scrub53 products
mask53 products
liquid hand soap47 products
serums & essences47 products
antiperspirant/deodorant46 products
fragrance for men43 products
lip gloss34 products
hair color and bleaching32 products
body oil30 products
bar soap29 products
styling mousse/foam26 products
bath oil/salts/soak25 products
sunless tanning24 products
facial cleanser24 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)22 products
setting powder/spray18 products
eye shadow15 products
lip balm14 products
daily use with SPF14 products
detangler12 products
toners/astringents11 products
blush10 products
after shave9 products
body firming lotion9 products
around-eye cream9 products
polish remover9 products
lip plumper9 products
beard care9 products
hand sanitizer8 products
anti-aging7 products
makeup primer7 products
shaving cream6 products
bronzer/highlighter6 products
nail treatment5 products
BB cream4 products
4 products
beard oil4 products
beard cleanser4 products
cuticle treatment3 products
facial powder3 products
body powder3 products
glitter3 products
depilatory2 products
baby lotion2 products
foot moisturizer2 products
after sun product2 products
bubble bath2 products
tanning oil2 products
nail polish2 products
makeup remover1 products
hair relaxer1 products
recreational sunscreen1 products
lip liner1 products
baby shampoo1 products
hair-loss treatment1 products
damaged skin treatment1 products
hair removal waxes1 products
foot odor control1 products
baby powder1 products
nail glue1 products
baby soap1 products

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Known human immune system toxicant or allergenSCCPNFP Opinion on Fragrance Allergy
Human any toxicant or allergen - strong evidenceOpen scientific literature
Limited evidence of any toxicity or allergiesOpen scientific literature

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
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
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - anyOpen scientific literature
Restricted in cosmetics - labeling requirement for allergensCosIng

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
any irritation - weight of evidence unknown/unassessedOpen scientific literature

Endocrine disruption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Associated with endocrine disruptionOpen scientific literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

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

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

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
49 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • 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.
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

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

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