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Camphor

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Use restrictions (moderate)

SYNONYMS

2-BORNANONE, BICYCLO[2.2.1]HEPTAN-2-ONE, 1,7,7-TRIMETHYL-, CAMPHOR, D-CAMPHOR, DL-BORNAN-2-ONE, DL-CAMPHOR, and GUM CAMPHOR

Restricted

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


Camphor is a waxy, scented substance derived from the wood of the camphor tree, Cinnamomum camphora, an evergreen tree native to Asia.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

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

Ingredient concerns

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Products with this Ingredient

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lip balm20 products
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toners/astringents11 products
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moisturizer7 products
facial moisturizer/treatment7 products
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foundation6 products
facial cleanser4 products
nail treatment3 products
body firming lotion3 products
hair treatment/serum3 products
shampoo3 products
serums & essences3 products
lip balm with SPF2 products
exfoliant/scrub2 products
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foot odor control2 products
bar soap1 products
daily use with SPF1 products
makeup remover1 products
body oil1 products
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conditioner1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant1 products
bubble bath1 products
foot cleansing1 products
shaving cream1 products
foot moisturizer1 products
facial powder1 products
body wash/cleanser1 products
after sun product1 products

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Use is restricted in Canadian cosmeticsCanada - Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetics Ingredients

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

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
2995 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • Health Canada. 2007. List of Prohibited and Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients. Canada's Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist. March 2007.
  • 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.

Understanding scores

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Hazard score

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