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Data: Limited

Ceresin

Other Concerns

Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

SYNONYMS

● CERESIN
● CERESIN WAXES
● CERESIN; CERESINE WAX; CERESIN WAX; OZOCERITE WAX; OZOKERITE WAX
● CIRINE WAX
● MINERAL WAX
● WAXES, CERESIN
● WHITE CERESIN WAX
● WHITE OZOKERITE WAX

Restricted

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


Ceresin is a waxy mixture of hydrocarbons obtained by purification of ozokerite, a naturally occurring mineral wax.

Common concerns

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  • 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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eye liner157 products
lip liner119 products
lip balm103 products
lip gloss71 products
lipstick57 products
brow liner53 products
blush46 products
eye shadow36 products
bronzer/highlighter36 products
foundation32 products
mascara11 products
concealer10 products
CC cream9 products
facial moisturizer/treatment9 products
moisturizer9 products
hair styling aide8 products
makeup primer7 products
exfoliant/scrub4 products
styling gel/lotion4 products
beard care3 products
facial cleanser3 products
fragrance for women3 products
diaper cream3 products
damaged skin treatment3 products
sunless tanning1 products
shaving cream1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)1 products
depilatory1 products
BB cream1 products
glitter1 products
toothpaste1 products
hair color and bleaching1 products
baby lotion1 products
mask1 products
around-eye cream1 products
makeup remover1 products
hand cream1 products

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as medium human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

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

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulativeEnvironment 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 - anyCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • 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.

Understanding scores

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HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

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Data availability

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