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Data: Fair

Homosalate

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Other Concerns

Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (moderate), Endocrine disruption (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low), and Contamination concerns (high)

SYNONYMS

2-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.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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recreational sunscreen489 products
daily use with SPF199 products
baby sunscreen59 products
CC cream28 products
lip balm with SPF28 products
fragrance for women21 products
body spray17 products
tanning oil13 products
foundation10 products
BB cream6 products
lip balm6 products
makeup primer6 products
facial moisturizer/treatment5 products
liquid hand soap3 products
setting powder/spray3 products
moisturizer3 products
around-eye cream2 products
sunless tanning1 products
facial cleanser1 products
lip gloss1 products
fragrance for men1 products
after shave1 products
body wash/cleanser1 products

Contamination concerns

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Enhanced skin absorption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Penetration enhancerOpen scientific literature

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
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)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as expected to be toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Endocrine disruption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more studies show weak endocrine disruptionOpen scientific literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Suspected to be an environmental toxin and be persistent or bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
726 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment 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.

Understanding scores

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