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Bismuth Oxychloride

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Other Concerns

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

SYNONYMS

● BASIC BISMUTH CHLORIDE
● BISMUTH CHLORIDE OXIDE
● BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE
● BISMUTH SUBCHLORIDE
● BISMUTHINE, CHLOROOXO
● BISMUTHINE, CHLOROOXO-
● BISMUTHYL CHLORIDE
● CHLORBISMOL
● CHLOROOXO- BISMUTHINE
● CHLOROOXOBISMUTHINE
● CI 77163
● PEARL SUPER SUPREME
● PEARL SUPREME
● PEARL WHITE
● PIGMENT WHITE 14

Restricted

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


Bismuth oxychloride is a naturally ocurring mineral used as a makeup colorant that provides an iridescent (shiny) effect.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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lipstick329 products
eye shadow225 products
foundation219 products
concealer199 products
bronzer/highlighter182 products
brow liner160 products
nail polish142 products
blush133 products
lip gloss103 products
eye liner96 products
lip liner49 products
lip balm38 products
daily use with SPF31 products
mascara29 products
makeup primer27 products
facial powder23 products
setting powder/spray23 products
22 products
body oil15 products
recreational sunscreen14 products
around-eye cream14 products
facial moisturizer/treatment6 products
CC cream6 products
lip plumper5 products
BB cream5 products
shampoo4 products
hair color and bleaching4 products
glitter4 products
hair styling aide3 products
hair treatment/serum3 products
anti-aging3 products
serums & essences3 products
body wash/cleanser2 products
mask2 products
styling gel/lotion1 products
eyelash glue1 products
fragrance for women1 products
body powder1 products
moisturizer1 products
hair spray1 products
exfoliant/scrub1 products
fragrance for men1 products

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of any irritationOpen scientific literature
One or more animal studies show any irritation at high dosesOpen scientific literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of environmental toxicity or persistenceOpen scientific literature
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - Color additive approved by FDA for use in cosmeticsFDA Color Additive Status
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - Color Additives - Exempt from Batch Certification by the U.S. Food and Drug AdministrationCTFA International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook

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 bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Cancer

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not likely to be mutagenic in humansOpen scientific literature

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
36 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Color Additive Status List. September 2006.
  • CTFA (Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association). 2006. International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook, 11th Edition. Color Additive Information. Washington, DC.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

Understanding scores

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Hazard score

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