- †Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met the program’s impurity and use restrictions based on EWG's review of the company's data.
Other ConcernsEnhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (moderate), Endocrine disruption (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low), and Contamination concerns (high)
SYNONYMS2-HYDROXY- 3,3,5-TRIMETHYLCYCLOHEXYL ESTER BENZOIC ACID, 3,3,5-TRIMETHYL- SALICYLATE CYCLOHEXANOL, 3,3,5-TRIMETHYLCYCLOHEXYL 2-HYDROXYBENZOATE, 3,3,5-TRIMETHYLCYCLOHEXYL ESTER BENZOIC ACID, 2-HYDROXY-, 3,3,5-TRIMETHYLCYCLOHEXYL SALICYLATE, BENZOIC ACID, 2-HYDROXY-, 3,3,5-TRIMETHYLCYCLOHEXYL ESTER, BENZOIC ACID, 2HYDROXY, 3,3,5TRIMETHYLCYCLOHEXYL ESTER, CASWELL NO. 482B, CCRIS 4885, COPPERTONE, CYCLOHEXANOL, 3,3,5-TRIMETHYL-, SALICYLATE, EINECS 204-260-8, EPA PESTICIDE CHEMICAL CODE 076603, FILTERSOL ''A'', HELIOPAN, HELIOPHAN, HOM, HOMOMENTHYL SALICYLATE, HOMOSALATE, HOMOSALATO, HOMOSALATUM, M-HOMOMENTHYL SALICYLATE, METAHOMOMENTHYL SALICYLATE, NSC 164918, SALICYLATE CYCLOHEXANOL, 3,3,5-TRIMETHYL-, SALICYLIC ACID, 3,3,5-TRIMETHYLCYCLOHEXYL ESTER (8CI), and SALICYLIC ACID, M-HOMOMENTHYL ESTER
Homosalate is a common sunscreen ingredient. Research indicates it is a weak hormone disruptor, and sunlight breaks down the chemical into harmful byproducts.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reingredientive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|recreational sunscreen||478 products|
|daily use with SPF||192 products|
|baby sunscreen||58 products|
|CC cream||28 products|
|lip balm with SPF||28 products|
|fragrance for women||22 products|
|body spray||21 products|
|tanning oil||13 products|
|BB cream||6 products|
|lip balm||6 products|
|makeup primer||6 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||5 products|
|setting powder/spray||3 products|
|liquid hand soap||2 products|
|around-eye cream||2 products|
|sunless tanning||1 products|
|lip gloss||1 products|
|facial cleanser||1 products|
|body wash/cleanser||1 products|
|after shave||1 products|
Enhanced skin absorption
|Penetration enhancer||Open scientific literature|
|Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Japan - restricted for use in cosmetics (concentration limit)||Japan's Standards for Cosmetics|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as expected to be toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|One or more studies show weak endocrine disruption||Open scientific literature|
|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|
|726 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. 2006. Standards for Cosmetics. Evaluation and Licensing Division. Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau.
- 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.
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