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Data: Good

Limonene

  • 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.

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (moderate), Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low), and Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

SYNONYMS

1-METHYL-4-(1-METHYLETHENYL)- CYCLOHEXENE, 1-METHYL-4-(1-METHYLETHENYL)CYCLOHEXENE, 1-METHYL-4-ISOPROPENPYLCYCLOHEXENE, CYCLOHEXENE, 1-METHYL-4-(1-METHYLETHENYL)-, D,L-LIMONENE (ISOMER UNSPECIFIED), DIPENTENE, DL-LIMONENE, DL-LIMONENE (RACEMIC), LIMONENE, and LIMONENE ESSENTIAL OIL

Restricted

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


Limonene is a scent ingredient and solvent naturally ocurring in the rind of citrus fruit. Upon storage and exposure to sunlight and air, limonene degrades to various oxidation products which act as skin and respiratory irritants and sensitizers.

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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shampoo581 products
conditioner482 products
fragrance for women380 products
moisturizer358 products
facial moisturizer/treatment354 products
hair treatment/serum327 products
body wash/cleanser321 products
foundation302 products
mask222 products
lip balm212 products
hair styling aide201 products
facial cleanser180 products
serums & essences170 products
liquid hand soap159 products
lipstick158 products
exfoliant/scrub146 products
fragrance for men138 products
hand cream132 products
antiperspirant/deodorant116 products
styling gel/lotion109 products
body spray95 products
daily use with SPF94 products
bar soap93 products
lip gloss83 products
hair spray81 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)69 products
bath oil/salts/soak65 products
body oil61 products
hair color and bleaching60 products
sunless tanning55 products
toners/astringents50 products
body firming lotion48 products
hand sanitizer42 products
styling mousse/foam39 products
lip balm with SPF39 products
CC cream35 products
makeup primer34 products
after shave32 products
concealer32 products
around-eye cream31 products
detangler27 products
bronzer/highlighter26 products
shaving cream24 products
blush24 products
setting powder/spray24 products
recreational sunscreen23 products
makeup remover22 products
lip plumper21 products
bubble bath20 products
anti-aging19 products
19 products
foot moisturizer16 products
toothpaste15 products
shaving cream (men's)14 products
beard oil12 products
skin fading/lightener10 products
nail treatment10 products
baby soap9 products
baby shampoo9 products
after sun product9 products
baby lotion8 products
muscle/joint soreness8 products
hair-loss treatment8 products
beard care8 products
cuticle treatment7 products
facial powder6 products
nail polish5 products
BB cream5 products
polish remover4 products
mascara4 products
baby sunscreen4 products
beard cleanser4 products
diaper cream3 products
foot odor control3 products
foot cleansing3 products
tanning oil3 products
baby bubble bath3 products
depilatory3 products
eyelash glue3 products
oil controller3 products
brow liner3 products
body powder2 products
mouthwash2 products
baby wipes2 products
baby oil1 products
glitter1 products
eye makeup remover1 products
baby powder1 products
lip liner1 products
depilatory (men's)1 products
nail glue1 products
hair removal waxes1 products

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as irritantCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling

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 immune system toxicity or allergiesCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling
Limited evidence of immune system toxicity or allergiesNational Library of Medicine HazMap

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Recommended restricted in cosmetics - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Fragrance subject to restrictions: safe only if satisfies manufacturing specifications or purity limits, according to industry safety panel (International Fragrance Association)International Fragrance Association Codes & Standards
Restricted in cosmetics - labeling requirement for allergensCosIng

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Persistent, bioaccumulative in wildlifeOpen scientific literature
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Developmental/reproductive toxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more animal studies show developmental effects at high dosesOpen scientific literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Wildlife and environmental toxicityCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling
Suspected to be an environmental toxinOpen scientific literature
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Miscellaneous

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Occupational hazards related to handlingCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - Fragrance subject to restrictions: safe only if satisfies manufacturing specifications or purity limits, according to industry safety panel (International Fragrance Association)International Fragrance Association Codes & Standards

Cancer

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not likely to be carcinogenic in humansOpen scientific literature
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

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

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
2859 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2006. HazMap — Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents.
  • 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.
  • 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). 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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