- †Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.
Other ConcernsUse restrictions (moderate) and Endocrine disruption (low)
SYNONYMS2-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-, and SALICYLIC ACID, BENZYL ESTER
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
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|hair treatment/serum||192 products|
|fragrance for women||167 products|
|body wash/cleanser||88 products|
|hair styling aide||85 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||82 products|
|body spray||51 products|
|liquid hand soap||51 products|
|fragrance for men||48 products|
|styling gel/lotion||46 products|
|hand cream||44 products|
|serums & essences||44 products|
|hair color and bleaching||37 products|
|hair spray||35 products|
|daily use with SPF||30 products|
|bar soap||26 products|
|facial cleanser||26 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||24 products|
|body oil||21 products|
|lip gloss||21 products|
|body firming lotion||19 products|
|sunless tanning||17 products|
|lip balm||15 products|
|setting powder/spray||15 products|
|eye shadow||15 products|
|styling mousse/foam||11 products|
|shaving cream||10 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||9 products|
|hand sanitizer||9 products|
|makeup primer||8 products|
|lip plumper||7 products|
|around-eye cream||5 products|
|nail treatment||5 products|
|foot moisturizer||5 products|
|bubble bath||5 products|
|lip liner||5 products|
|cuticle treatment||4 products|
|after shave||4 products|
|beard care||4 products|
|facial powder||3 products|
|BB cream||3 products|
|hair-loss treatment||3 products|
|baby lotion||2 products|
|after sun product||2 products|
|recreational sunscreen||2 products|
|beard oil||2 products|
|makeup remover||1 products|
|diaper cream||1 products|
|nail polish||1 products|
|polish remover||1 products|
|damaged skin treatment||1 products|
|muscle/joint soreness||1 products|
|foot odor control||1 products|
|beard cleanser||1 products|
|lip balm with SPF||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|
|Restricted in cosmetics - labeling requirement for allergens||CosIng|
|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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