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Data: Fair

Cellulose Gum

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SYNONYMS

ACETIC ACID, HYDROXY-, CELLULOSE ETHER, CARBOXYMETHYL CELLULOSE, CARBOXYMETHYL ETHER CELLULOSE, CARBOXYMETHYLCELLULOSE, CARBOXYMETHYLCELLULOSE SODIUM SALT, CELLULOSE ETHER ACETIC ACID, HYDROXY-, CELLULOSE GUM, CELLULOSE, CARBOXYMETHYL ETHER, CELLULOSE, CARBOXYMETHYL ETHER, SODIUM SALT, CELLULOSE, ETHER WITH GLYCOLIC ACID, SODIUM SALT, ETHER WITH GLYCOLIC ACID SODIUM SALT CELLULOSE, HYDROXY- CELLULOSE ETHER ACETIC ACID, SODIUM CARBOXYMETHYL CELLULOSE, SODIUM CARBOXYMETHYLCELLULOSE, SODIUM CARMELLOSE, SODIUM CMC, and SODIUM SALT CELLULOSE, ETHER WITH GLYCOLIC ACID

This ingredient is a chemically-treated cellulose derivative.

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

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Products with this Ingredient

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foundation256 products
toothpaste191 products
mask117 products
recreational sunscreen66 products
facial moisturizer/treatment49 products
serums & essences38 products
antiperspirant/deodorant33 products
facial cleanser25 products
around-eye cream23 products
mascara19 products
exfoliant/scrub18 products
BB cream16 products
tooth whitening16 products
daily use with SPF15 products
baby sunscreen14 products
body wash/cleanser13 products
eye liner13 products
bath oil/salts/soak12 products
moisturizer11 products
eye shadow10 products
makeup primer9 products
shampoo9 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)8 products
toners/astringents7 products
mouthwash7 products
hair color and bleaching7 products
concealer7 products
baby toothpaste7 products
5 products
eyelash glue4 products
conditioner4 products
anti-aging3 products
hair treatment/serum3 products
brow liner3 products
liquid hand soap3 products
after shave2 products
body firming lotion2 products
nail polish2 products
hair styling aide2 products
after sun product2 products
setting powder/spray2 products
pore strips2 products
styling gel/lotion2 products
detangler1 products
baby shampoo1 products
baby lotion1 products
lip balm1 products
lip plumper1 products
makeup remover1 products
lipstick1 products
foot moisturizer1 products
bubble bath1 products
bronzer/highlighter1 products
shaving cream (men's)1 products

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
14776 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

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
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status

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
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment 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.
  • 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.
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED™ mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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Data availability

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