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Coumarin

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (moderate)

SYNONYMS

● 2H-1-BENZOPYRAN-2-ONE
● 2H1BENZOPYRAN2ONE
● COUMARIN
● TONKA BEAN CAMPHOR

Restricted

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


Coumarin is a naturally occurring and synthetically produced scent chemical; associated with allergies and contact dermatitis.

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

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  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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hair treatment/serum227 products
fragrance for women223 products
moisturizer215 products
shampoo182 products
conditioner177 products
hair styling aide176 products
fragrance for men106 products
body wash/cleanser96 products
body spray82 products
styling gel/lotion82 products
antiperspirant/deodorant68 products
hair spray62 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)57 products
facial moisturizer/treatment54 products
hand cream52 products
liquid hand soap40 products
bar soap34 products
sunless tanning34 products
hair color and bleaching33 products
mask32 products
body oil31 products
exfoliant/scrub29 products
after shave28 products
serums & essences28 products
facial cleanser18 products
styling mousse/foam18 products
detangler14 products
bath oil/salts/soak13 products
setting powder/spray13 products
hand sanitizer12 products
beard care12 products
toners/astringents11 products
shaving cream10 products
body firming lotion9 products
polish remover9 products
blush8 products
anti-aging7 products
bronzer/highlighter7 products
eyelash glue7 products
shaving cream (men's)6 products
baby lotion6 products
daily use with SPF6 products
foundation5 products
body powder5 products
beard oil5 products
skin fading/lightener4 products
cuticle treatment4 products
tanning oil4 products
around-eye cream4 products
after sun product4 products
recreational sunscreen4 products
lip balm4 products
foot moisturizer3 products
bubble bath3 products
lipstick3 products
baby shampoo3 products
baby soap3 products
makeup primer3 products
brow liner3 products
depilatory3 products
makeup remover2 products
nail polish2 products
2 products
hair removal waxes2 products
beard cleanser2 products
hair relaxer1 products
nail treatment1 products
hair-loss treatment1 products
baby bubble bath1 products
nail glue1 products
damaged skin treatment1 products
baby wipes1 products
lip liner1 products

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Known human immune system toxicant or allergenSCCPNFP Opinion on Fragrance Allergy
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

Cancer

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Cancer - limited evidenceScorecard.org Toxicity Information
Limited or incomplete evidence of cancer according to safety/hazard data – government assessment cannot classify as human carcinogen due to data gapsInt'l Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - Carcinogens

Miscellaneous

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Prohibited for use in foodFDA Food Additive Status

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not 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 - The substance was formerly approved as a food additive but is now banned; there may be some toxicology data available.FDA Everything Added to Food

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
8313 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • 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
  • 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/ .
  • ED (Environmental Defense). 2006. Scorecard _ The Pollution Information Site. http://www.scorecard.org.
  • IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer). 2008. Overall Evaluations of Carcinogenicity to Humans, as evaluated in IARC Monographs Volumes 1-99 (a total of 935 agents, mixtures and exposures).
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • 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.
  • 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

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