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Citronellol

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (moderate)

SYNONYMS

3,7-DIMETHYL- 6-OCTEN-1-OL, 3,7-DIMETHYL-6-OCTEN-1-OL, 3,7-DIMETHYL-6-OCTEN-1-OL; 3,7-DIMETHYL-6-OCTEN-1-OL, 6-OCTEN-1-OL, 3,7-DIMETHYL-, CITRONELLOL, DL-CITRONELLOL, and L-CITRONELLOL

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


Citronellol is a naturally ocurring scent ingredient derived from plants such as rose, geranium and lemongrass.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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fragrance for women301 products
facial moisturizer/treatment195 products
moisturizer181 products
hair treatment/serum180 products
conditioner171 products
shampoo157 products
fragrance for men119 products
hair styling aide109 products
body wash/cleanser91 products
foundation85 products
hand cream77 products
antiperspirant/deodorant76 products
body spray75 products
serums & essences74 products
mask71 products
styling gel/lotion64 products
lip balm52 products
hair spray49 products
facial cleanser49 products
exfoliant/scrub47 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)41 products
liquid hand soap40 products
bar soap39 products
lipstick38 products
toners/astringents37 products
body oil34 products
daily use with SPF33 products
sunless tanning28 products
hair color and bleaching25 products
bath oil/salts/soak24 products
lip balm with SPF23 products
body firming lotion22 products
after shave20 products
anti-aging18 products
makeup primer18 products
lip gloss15 products
styling mousse/foam13 products
around-eye cream13 products
blush13 products
hand sanitizer13 products
concealer11 products
makeup remover10 products
setting powder/spray9 products
nail treatment8 products
detangler7 products
skin fading/lightener7 products
7 products
bronzer/highlighter6 products
BB cream6 products
shaving cream5 products
recreational sunscreen5 products
CC cream5 products
beard oil5 products
nail polish4 products
facial powder4 products
bubble bath4 products
shaving cream (men's)3 products
foot moisturizer3 products
cuticle treatment3 products
depilatory3 products
lip plumper3 products
baby lotion3 products
eye shadow3 products
baby soap2 products
body powder2 products
after sun product2 products
mascara2 products
hair-loss treatment2 products
beard care2 products
foot odor control1 products
glitter1 products
oil controller1 products
muscle/joint soreness1 products
eye liner1 products
baby bubble bath1 products
tanning oil1 products
depilatory (men's)1 products
brow liner1 products
beard cleanser1 products

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Known human any toxicant or allergenOpen scientific literature
Possible human immune system toxicant or allergenSCCPNFP Opinion on Fragrance Allergy
Human any toxicant or allergen - strong evidenceOpen scientific literature
Limited evidence of any toxicity or allergiesOpen scientific literature

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
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 allergensCosIng

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

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
412 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
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • 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.
  • 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/ .
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • 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.

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.

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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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