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Farnesol

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Other Concerns

Use restrictions (moderate)

SYNONYMS

2,6,10-DODECATRIEN-1-OL, 3,7,11-TRIMETHYL-, 2,6,10DODECATRIEN1OL, 3,7,11TRIMETHYL, 3,7,11-TRIMETHYL- 2,6,10-DODECATRIEN-1-OL, FARNESOL, and TRIMETHYL DODECATRIENOL

Farnesol is a flavor and perfume ingredient found in nature and also manufactured synthetically; associated with allergies and contact dermatitis.

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

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  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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fragrance for women65 products
facial moisturizer/treatment59 products
fragrance for men34 products
moisturizer28 products
serums & essences22 products
foundation20 products
antiperspirant/deodorant14 products
facial cleanser12 products
lip balm9 products
mask9 products
body oil8 products
around-eye cream8 products
mascara7 products
hair treatment/serum7 products
hand cream7 products
concealer6 products
bar soap6 products
body spray6 products
daily use with SPF5 products
toners/astringents4 products
exfoliant/scrub4 products
conditioner3 products
makeup primer3 products
shaving cream (men's)3 products
shampoo2 products
lip plumper2 products
liquid hand soap2 products
bubble bath2 products
sunless tanning2 products
2 products
lipstick2 products
hair spray2 products
hair removal waxes1 products
diaper cream1 products
recreational sunscreen1 products
shaving cream1 products
muscle/joint soreness1 products
body firming lotion1 products
styling mousse/foam1 products
hand sanitizer1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)1 products
after sun product1 products
bath oil/salts/soak1 products
body wash/cleanser1 products
anti-aging1 products
makeup remover1 products
toothpaste1 products
after shave1 products

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Known human any toxicant or allergenOpen scientific literature
Human any toxicant or allergen - strong evidenceOpen scientific literature
Possible 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

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

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - anyOpen scientific literature

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
1196 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • 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/ .
  • 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.
  • 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.

Understanding scores

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