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Data: Fair

Chlorophyllin Copper Complex

  • This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products intended for use around the eyes due to increased risk of absorption.
  • This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products intended for use on lips due to increased risk of ingestion and absorption.
  • Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (high), Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Multiple, additive exposure sources (low), and Ecotoxicology (low)

SYNONYMS

CHLOROPHYL CU COMPLEX, CHLOROPHYLLIN, COPPER SODIUM COMPLEX, CHLOROPHYLLIN-COPPER COMPLEX, COPPER SODIUM CHLOROPHYLLIN, COPPER SODIUM COMPLEX CHLOROPHYLLIN, CUPRATE(3), [18CARBOXY20(CARBOXYMETHYL)8ETHENYL13ETHYL2,3DIHYDRO3,7,12,17TETRAMETHYL21H,23HPORPHINE2PROPANOATO(5)N21,N22,N23,N24], TRISODIUM, [SP42(2STRA*NS)], CUPRATE(3-), [(7S,8S)-3-CARBOXY-5-(CARBOXYMETHYL)-13-ETHENYL-18-ETHYL-7,8-DIHYDRO-2,8,12,17-TETRAMETHYL-21H,23H-PORPHINE-7-PROPANOATO(5-)-.KAPPA.N21,.KAPPA.N22,.KAPPA.N23,.KAPPA.N24]-, TRISODIUM, (SP-, NATURAL GREEN 3, POTASSIUM SODIUM COPPER CHLOROPHYLLIN, SODIUM COPPER CHLOROPHYLLIN, and TRISODIUM (2S-TRANS)-[18-CARBOXY-20-(CARBOXYMETHYL)-13-ETHYL-2,3-DIHYDRO-3,7,12,17-TETRAMETHYL-8-VINYL-21H,23H-PORPHINE-2-PROPIONATO(5-)-N21,N22,N23,N24]CUPRATE(3-)

Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex is obtained from chlorophyll by replacing the methyl and phytylester groups with alkali and replacing the magnesium with copper.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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mask10 products
bar soap10 products
body wash/cleanser10 products
shampoo8 products
facial moisturizer/treatment8 products
facial cleanser6 products
daily use with SPF5 products
toners/astringents4 products
hair treatment/serum3 products
toothpaste2 products
serums & essences2 products
conditioner2 products
bath oil/salts/soak2 products
hair styling aide1 products
moisturizer1 products
recreational sunscreen1 products
after shave1 products
exfoliant/scrub1 products
around-eye cream1 products
baby bubble bath1 products
mouthwash1 products
bubble bath1 products
baby soap1 products
sunless tanning1 products
baby shampoo1 products

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Violation of government restrictions - Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - anyOpen scientific literature

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Persistent, bioaccumulative in wildlifeCanada PBTs - Accelerated Reduction/Elimination of Toxics (ARET)
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as expected to be toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Limited evidence of respiratory toxicityScorecard.org Toxicity Information
One or more animal studies show classified as toxic effects at moderate doses (low dose studies may be unavailable for this ingredient)EPA Toxic Release Inventory PBTs

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Used in food or as an additive with limited or no toxicity information availableFDA Everything Added to Food

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Suspected to be an environmental toxin and be persistent or bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment 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 - Color additive used in medical devicesFDA Color Additive Status
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - Color Additives - Exempt from Batch Certification by the U.S. Food and Drug AdministrationCTFA International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
270 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • EC (Environment Canada). 1994. Accelerated Reduction/Elimination of Toxics (ARET). ARET substance list of persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • ED (Environmental Defense). 2006. Scorecard _ The Pollution Information Site. http://www.scorecard.org.
  • EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). 1999. Toxics Release Inventory Program. PBT Chemical Rule.
  • 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. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Color Additive Status List. September 2006.
  • CTFA (Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association). 2006. International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook, 11th Edition. Color Additive Information. Washington, DC.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

Understanding scores

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