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Hydroxycitronellal

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Use restrictions (high)

SYNONYMS

1,7OCTANEDIOL, 3,7DIMETHYL, 3,7-DIMETHYLOCTANE-1,7-DIOL, 7-HYDROXY-3,7-DIMETHYL- OCTANOL, 7-HYDROXY-3,7-DIMETHYLOCTANOL, 7-HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, HYDROXYCITRONELLAL, OCTANAL, 7HYDROXY3,7DIMETHYL, and OCTANOL, 7-HYDROXY-3,7-DIMETHYL-

Hydroxycitronellal is a common scent ingredient; produced synthetically from naturally occurring scent chemical citronellal.

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

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Products with this Ingredient

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fragrance for women183 products
hair treatment/serum81 products
moisturizer74 products
shampoo68 products
conditioner57 products
foundation56 products
lipstick55 products
fragrance for men42 products
body spray39 products
hair styling aide34 products
body wash/cleanser31 products
facial moisturizer/treatment31 products
hair spray26 products
hand cream21 products
concealer20 products
antiperspirant/deodorant18 products
mask18 products
lip gloss16 products
styling gel/lotion15 products
eye shadow15 products
liquid hand soap14 products
lip balm13 products
sunless tanning12 products
setting powder/spray11 products
daily use with SPF10 products
styling mousse/foam10 products
anti-aging9 products
facial cleanser9 products
body oil9 products
body firming lotion8 products
serums & essences8 products
shaving cream7 products
lip plumper7 products
bath oil/salts/soak7 products
hand sanitizer6 products
exfoliant/scrub6 products
lip liner5 products
bar soap5 products
makeup primer5 products
recreational sunscreen5 products
skin fading/lightener5 products
detangler4 products
toners/astringents4 products
beard care3 products
bronzer/highlighter3 products
lip balm with SPF3 products
beard cleanser2 products
2 products
baby lotion2 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)2 products
after shave2 products
hair color and bleaching2 products
nail treatment2 products
hair-loss treatment1 products
around-eye cream1 products
shaving cream (men's)1 products
toothpaste1 products
body powder1 products
after sun product1 products
polish remover1 products

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Known human immune system toxicant or allergenSCCPNFP Opinion on Fragrance Allergy
Human any toxicant or allergen - strong evidenceOpen scientific literature
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 (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - anyCosIng

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

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
59 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • 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
  • 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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Hazard score

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