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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, and VITELLARIA PARADOXA (SHEA BUTTER)

This ingredient is not currently on EWG's 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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Products with this Ingredient

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antiperspirant/deodorant342 products
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exfoliant/scrub297 products
hand cream268 products
shampoo232 products
recreational sunscreen230 products
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hair treatment/serum219 products
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body wash/cleanser212 products
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hair styling aide167 products
around-eye cream126 products
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after shave17 products
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hand sanitizer11 products
baby bubble bath10 products
cuticle treatment8 products
foot cleansing7 products
hair spray7 products
skin fading/lightener6 products
styling mousse/foam6 products
nail treatment6 products
hair relaxer6 products
toners/astringents5 products
setting powder/spray5 products
baby oil4 products
glitter4 products
beard cleanser4 products
fragrance for men4 products
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foot odor control3 products
depilatory2 products
nail polish2 products
baby wipes1 products
mouthwash1 products
facial powder1 products
tanning oil1 products
toothpaste1 products

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

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.
  • 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.

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