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Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract

  • This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products that are inhalable (e.g., sprays, powders) because of respiratory concerns.
  • Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.

Other Concerns

Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (moderate), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), and Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

SYNONYMS

● CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) FRUIT EXTRACT
● CITRUS LIMON FRUIT EXTRACT
● CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) FRUIT EXTRACT
● LEMON EKISU
● LEMON FRUIT EXTRACT

Restricted

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


Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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mask80 products
exfoliant/scrub47 products
conditioner40 products
facial cleanser34 products
facial moisturizer/treatment32 products
serums & essences31 products
body wash/cleanser30 products
shampoo29 products
toners/astringents25 products
liquid hand soap22 products
moisturizer11 products
shaving cream11 products
hair styling aide10 products
bar soap9 products
hair treatment/serum9 products
foot cleansing8 products
lip balm6 products
bronzer/highlighter6 products
detangler6 products
styling gel/lotion6 products
shaving cream (men's)5 products
hand cream5 products
antiperspirant/deodorant5 products
foot moisturizer4 products
nail polish4 products
sunless tanning4 products
bubble bath3 products
recreational sunscreen3 products
mascara3 products
polish remover3 products
hair color and bleaching2 products
pore strips2 products
styling mousse/foam2 products
makeup primer2 products
beard cleanser2 products
hair spray2 products
around-eye cream2 products
bath oil/salts/soak2 products
foot odor control1 products
nail treatment1 products
after shave1 products
fragrance for women1 products
muscle/joint soreness1 products
baby shampoo1 products
baby soap1 products
baby lotion1 products
anti-aging1 products
daily use with SPF1 products
body oil1 products
concealer1 products
body firming lotion1 products
lip balm with SPF1 products
cuticle treatment1 products
tanning oil1 products
makeup remover1 products
facial cleansing wipes1 products

Enhanced skin absorption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Penetration enhancerOpen scientific literature

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - anyCosIng
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as expected to be toxic or harmfulOpen scientific literature
Classified as medium human health priorityOpen scientific literature
Classified as toxic or harmful.Open scientific literature

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of any toxicity or allergiesOpen scientific literature

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of any irritationOpen scientific literature
any irritation - weight of evidence unknown/unassessedOpen scientific literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Wildlife and environmental toxicityOpen scientific literature
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinOpen scientific literature

Miscellaneous

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Occupational hazards related to handlingOpen scientific literature

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
195 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 foodOpen scientific literature

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeOpen scientific literature
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • 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/ .
  • 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

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

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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