- 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 ConcernsUse restrictions (moderate) and Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Eugenol is a naturally occuring scent chemical found in clove oil; also manufactured synthetically. Has been 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||127 products|
|fragrance for men||71 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||65 products|
|hair treatment/serum||54 products|
|hair styling aide||50 products|
|lip gloss||32 products|
|hand cream||30 products|
|lip balm||28 products|
|serums & essences||26 products|
|bar soap||25 products|
|styling gel/lotion||24 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||23 products|
|hair spray||22 products|
|body wash/cleanser||22 products|
|body spray||16 products|
|body oil||12 products|
|liquid hand soap||12 products|
|beard care||11 products|
|styling mousse/foam||10 products|
|after shave||10 products|
|facial cleanser||10 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||9 products|
|around-eye cream||7 products|
|hair color and bleaching||6 products|
|body firming lotion||6 products|
|hand sanitizer||5 products|
|CC cream||5 products|
|beard cleanser||5 products|
|shaving cream||4 products|
|nail treatment||4 products|
|setting powder/spray||4 products|
|lip plumper||4 products|
|foot moisturizer||3 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||3 products|
|recreational sunscreen||3 products|
|BB cream||3 products|
|daily use with SPF||3 products|
|lip liner||3 products|
|body powder||2 products|
|cuticle treatment||2 products|
|bubble bath||2 products|
|muscle/joint soreness||2 products|
|makeup primer||2 products|
|sunless tanning||1 products|
|facial powder||1 products|
|after sun product||1 products|
|oil controller||1 products|
|skin fading/lightener||1 products|
|beard oil||1 products|
|brow liner||1 products|
|hair removal waxes||1 products|
|Known human immune system toxicant or allergen||SCCPNFP Opinion on Fragrance Allergy|
|Human any toxicant or allergen - strong evidence||Open scientific literature|
|Limited evidence of any toxicity or allergies||Open scientific literature|
|Limited evidence of immune system toxicity or allergies||National Library of Medicine HazMap|
|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|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as medium human health priority||Open scientific literature|
|Classified as expected to be toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not likely to be carcinogenic in humans||Int'l Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - Carcinogens|
|Limited or incomplete evidence of cancer according to safety/hazard data – government assessment cannot classify as human carcinogen due to data gaps||Open scientific literature|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Open scientific literature|
|Not suspected to be persistent||Open scientific literature|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Food Additive Status|
|4337 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Open scientific 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.
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- 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.
- 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.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
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