- Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.
IMAGE SOURCE: PubChem
Other ConcernsUse restrictions (moderate), Endocrine disruption (low), and Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
HIGHAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|hair treatment/serum||210 products|
|fragrance for women||193 products|
|hair styling aide||129 products|
|body wash/cleanser||99 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||87 products|
|styling gel/lotion||60 products|
|hand cream||56 products|
|body spray||52 products|
|hair spray||49 products|
|fragrance for men||46 products|
|liquid hand soap||45 products|
|serums & essences||45 products|
|lip gloss||30 products|
|hair color and bleaching||29 products|
|bar soap||29 products|
|facial cleanser||29 products|
|body oil||28 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||25 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||25 products|
|styling mousse/foam||20 products|
|sunless tanning||20 products|
|setting powder/spray||18 products|
|body firming lotion||17 products|
|daily use with SPF||17 products|
|eye shadow||15 products|
|lip balm||14 products|
|hand sanitizer||9 products|
|beard care||9 products|
|shaving cream||8 products|
|around-eye cream||8 products|
|makeup primer||7 products|
|foot moisturizer||7 products|
|lip plumper||7 products|
|after shave||6 products|
|nail treatment||5 products|
|polish remover||5 products|
|facial powder||4 products|
|beard cleanser||4 products|
|cuticle treatment||3 products|
|after sun product||3 products|
|bubble bath||3 products|
|lip liner||3 products|
|beard oil||3 products|
|baby lotion||2 products|
|recreational sunscreen||2 products|
|BB cream||2 products|
|diaper cream||1 products|
|body powder||1 products|
|hair relaxer||1 products|
|tanning oil||1 products|
|nail polish||1 products|
|hair-loss treatment||1 products|
|damaged skin treatment||1 products|
|muscle/joint soreness||1 products|
|hair removal waxes||1 products|
|foot odor control||1 products|
|Known human immune system toxicant or allergen||SCCPNFP Opinion on Fragrance Allergy|
|Human any toxicant or allergen - strong evidence||Open scientific literature|
|Limited evidence of any toxicity or allergies||Open scientific literature|
|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 - any||Open scientific literature|
|Restricted in cosmetics - labeling requirement for allergens||CosIng|
Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
|any irritation - weight of evidence unknown/unassessed||Open scientific literature|
|Associated with endocrine disruption||Open scientific literature|
|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|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|49 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM 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.
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