- Products with this ingredient are allowed for use in EWG VERIFIED but must meet use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.
- Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.
Other ConcernsUse restrictions (moderate) and Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
SYNONYMS2,6-OCTADIENAL, 3,7-DIMETHYL-, 2,6OCTADIENAL, 3,7DIMETHYL, 3,7-DIMETHYL- 2,6-OCTADIENAL, 3,7-DIMETHYL-2,6-OCTADIENAL, and CITRAL
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Citral is a naturally occurring scent ingredient; manufactured synthetically on a large scale; associated with allergies and contact dermatitis.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
HIGHAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|fragrance for women||288 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||136 products|
|fragrance for men||124 products|
|lip balm||91 products|
|hair treatment/serum||89 products|
|serums & essences||75 products|
|hand cream||62 products|
|hair styling aide||59 products|
|body spray||54 products|
|facial cleanser||50 products|
|body wash/cleanser||45 products|
|daily use with SPF||44 products|
|liquid hand soap||40 products|
|lip balm with SPF||38 products|
|body oil||37 products|
|bar soap||36 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||35 products|
|lip gloss||34 products|
|CC cream||30 products|
|styling gel/lotion||26 products|
|hair spray||20 products|
|sunless tanning||20 products|
|after shave||17 products|
|body firming lotion||16 products|
|hand sanitizer||15 products|
|hair color and bleaching||14 products|
|around-eye cream||10 products|
|shaving cream||10 products|
|makeup primer||10 products|
|foot moisturizer||9 products|
|styling mousse/foam||9 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||8 products|
|recreational sunscreen||8 products|
|lip plumper||7 products|
|bubble bath||6 products|
|facial powder||6 products|
|nail treatment||5 products|
|makeup remover||5 products|
|after sun product||5 products|
|beard oil||5 products|
|beard care||5 products|
|cuticle treatment||4 products|
|muscle/joint soreness||3 products|
|setting powder/spray||3 products|
|hair relaxer||2 products|
|baby lotion||2 products|
|skin fading/lightener||2 products|
|foot odor control||1 products|
|tanning oil||1 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||1 products|
|oil controller||1 products|
|polish remover||1 products|
|eye makeup remover||1 products|
|BB cream||1 products|
|hair-loss treatment||1 products|
|body powder||1 products|
|beard cleanser||1 products|
|Known human immune system toxicant or allergen||SCCPNFP Opinion on Fragrance Allergy|
|Possible human any toxicant or allergen||Open scientific literature|
|Limited evidence of immune system toxicity or allergies||CPS&Q - Classification & Labelling|
Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
|Classified as irritant||CPS&Q - Classification & Labelling|
|Recommended restricted in cosmetics - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Fragrance subject to restrictions: safe only within recommended use or concentration limitsn)||International Fragrance Association Codes & Standards|
|Restricted in cosmetics - labeling requirement for allergens||CosIng|
|740 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
- SCCPNFP (Scientific Committee On Cosmetic Products And Non-Food Products). 1999. Opinion Concerning Fragrance Allergy In Consumers. . SCCNFP/0017/98 Final, December 1999; and SCCPNFP (Scientific Committee On Cosmetic Products And Non-Food Products). 2000. An Initial List Of Perfumery Materials Which Must Not Form Part Of Fragrances Compounds Used In Cosmetic Products. SCCNFP/0320/00, final May 2000.
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- CPS&Q (Consumer Products Safety & Quality) formely known as ECB (European Chemicals Bureau). 2008. Classification and Labelling: Chemicals: Annex VI of Directive 67/548/EEC through the 31st ATP.
- IFRA (International Fragrance Association). 2006. Codes and Standards.
- European Commission. 2013. Cosing, the European Commission database with information on cosmetic substances and ingredients. Accessed on March 1, 2013 at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/cosmetics/cosing/ .
- 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.
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
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