- †This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products that are inhalable (e.g., sprays, powders) because of respiratory concerns.
- †Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met the program’s impurity restrictions based on EWG review of company data.
Other ConcernsMultiple, additive exposure sources (low) and Contamination concerns (high)
SYNONYMSEGG YOLK LECITHIN, EGG YOLK LECITHINS, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) LECITHIN, GLYCINE SOJA LECITHIN, LECITHIN, LECITHIN, SOYBEAN, LECITHINS, LECITHINS, EGG YOLK, SOYBEAN LECITHIN, and SOYBEAN PHOSPHOLIPID
Lecithin is a naturally ocurring lipid found in both plants and animals. According to the PETA's Caring Consumer guide, lecithin for com mercial purposes is most commonly obtain from eggs and soybeans.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reingredientive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|facial moisturizer/treatment||190 products|
|daily use with SPF||158 products|
|serums & essences||120 products|
|eye liner||83 products|
|lip liner||77 products|
|eye shadow||68 products|
|recreational sunscreen||67 products|
|brow liner||66 products|
|around-eye cream||61 products|
|facial cleanser||60 products|
|BB cream||40 products|
|lip balm||38 products|
|lip gloss||37 products|
|body wash/cleanser||28 products|
|makeup primer||24 products|
|hair treatment/serum||22 products|
|hand cream||20 products|
|facial powder||15 products|
|body firming lotion||13 products|
|hair-loss treatment||12 products|
|lip balm with SPF||11 products|
|liquid hand soap||9 products|
|foot moisturizer||7 products|
|nail treatment||7 products|
|baby lotion||7 products|
|sunless tanning||7 products|
|baby sunscreen||7 products|
|styling gel/lotion||6 products|
|hair color and bleaching||5 products|
|muscle/joint soreness||5 products|
|baby soap||5 products|
|body oil||4 products|
|after sun product||4 products|
|baby shampoo||4 products|
|setting powder/spray||4 products|
|damaged skin treatment||4 products|
|skin fading/lightener||3 products|
|after shave||3 products|
|diaper cream||3 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||3 products|
|makeup remover||3 products|
|shaving cream||2 products|
|cuticle treatment||2 products|
|baby oil||2 products|
|hair styling aide||2 products|
|baby bubble bath||2 products|
|beard cleanser||2 products|
|oil controller||1 products|
|CC cream||1 products|
|baby wipes||1 products|
|tanning oil||1 products|
|beard care||1 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||1 products|
|foot odor control||1 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||1 products|
|One or more human case studies show possible immune and respiratory or allergenic effects||Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Used in food or as an additive with limited or no toxicity information available||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|One or more animal studies show female reproductive system effects at high doses||Open scientific literature|
|Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulative||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|
|Classified as a low human health priority||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|
|18085 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
- AOEC (Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics). 2009. AEOC exposures codes and asthmagen designation.
- 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.
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- 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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