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Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter

Other Concerns

Use restrictions (low)

SYNONYMS

● BUTTER, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII
● BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII
● BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER)
● BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER) FRUIT
● BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER
● BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER
● BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII FRUIT
● KARITE BUTTER
● SHEA BUTTER
● SHEA BUTTER FRUIT
● SHEA BUTTER- FROM THE KARITE TREE
● VITELLARIA NILOTICA (SHEA) FRUIT BUTTER
● VITELLARIA PARADOXA (SHEA BUTTER)

This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Skin Deep Restricted or Unacceptable Lists.


Shea butter is a vegetable fat obtained from the fruit of a tree native to Africa, Butyrospermum parkii. Shea butter is primarily composed of fatty acids such as stearic and oleic acids.

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

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  • DATA SOURCES

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Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in productCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
54 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - anyCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not 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
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.

Understanding scores

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