- Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.
Other ConcernsUse restrictions (high)
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Hydroxycitronellal is a common scent ingredient; produced synthetically from naturally occurring scent chemical citronellal.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
HIGHAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|fragrance for women||215 products|
|hair treatment/serum||128 products|
|hair styling aide||97 products|
|styling gel/lotion||63 products|
|hair spray||59 products|
|fragrance for men||43 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||40 products|
|body spray||39 products|
|body wash/cleanser||37 products|
|hand cream||37 products|
|lip gloss||29 products|
|styling mousse/foam||24 products|
|setting powder/spray||16 products|
|eye shadow||15 products|
|sunless tanning||14 products|
|liquid hand soap||11 products|
|lip balm||11 products|
|serums & essences||11 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||10 products|
|lip plumper||9 products|
|shaving cream||8 products|
|facial cleanser||8 products|
|bar soap||7 products|
|body oil||7 products|
|beard care||7 products|
|after shave||6 products|
|body firming lotion||6 products|
|hand sanitizer||5 products|
|daily use with SPF||5 products|
|hair color and bleaching||4 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||4 products|
|makeup primer||3 products|
|body powder||3 products|
|around-eye cream||3 products|
|skin fading/lightener||3 products|
|recreational sunscreen||3 products|
|beard cleanser||3 products|
|lip balm with SPF||2 products|
|baby lotion||2 products|
|lip liner||2 products|
|polish remover||1 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||1 products|
|nail treatment||1 products|
|tanning oil||1 products|
|baby oil||1 products|
|baby soap||1 products|
|beard oil||1 products|
|baby powder||1 products|
|nail glue||1 products|
|Known human immune system toxicant or allergen||SCCPNFP Opinion on Fragrance Allergy|
|Human any toxicant or allergen - strong evidence||Open scientific literature|
|Limited evidence of any toxicity or allergies||Open scientific literature|
|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 - any||CosIng|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|59 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM 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.
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