- This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products intended for use on lips due to increased risk of ingestion and absorption.
- Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.
Other ConcernsUse restrictions (high), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), and Ecotoxicology (low)
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Ferric ferrocyanide is an iron-based inorganic colorant also known as Prussian blue; one of the first synthetic pigments.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|eye liner||508 products|
|eye shadow||396 products|
|nail polish||168 products|
|brow liner||123 products|
|body oil||15 products|
|hair color and bleaching||12 products|
|facial powder||11 products|
|lip gloss||10 products|
|setting powder/spray||7 products|
|lip liner||5 products|
|body wash/cleanser||4 products|
|body art||4 products|
|facial cleanser||3 products|
|serums & essences||1 products|
|recreational sunscreen||1 products|
|around-eye cream||1 products|
|eyelash glue||1 products|
|makeup primer||1 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||1 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||1 products|
|hair treatment/serum||1 products|
|hand sanitizer||1 products|
|Violation of government restrictions - Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - any||Open scientific literature|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as expected to be toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Suspected to be an environmental toxin and be persistent or bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - Color additive approved by FDA for use in cosmetics||FDA Color Additive Status|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - Color Additives - Exempt from Batch Certification by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration||CTFA International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook|
|1410 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Color Additive Status List. September 2006.
- CTFA (Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association). 2006. International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook, 11th Edition. Color Additive Information. Washington, DC.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
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