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Data: Good

Lecithin

  • 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.

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Other Concerns

Multiple, additive exposure sources (low) and Contamination concerns (high)

SYNONYMS

EGG 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.

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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foundation564 products
lipstick291 products
facial moisturizer/treatment190 products
moisturizer165 products
daily use with SPF158 products
concealer139 products
serums & essences120 products
eye liner83 products
lip liner77 products
eye shadow68 products
recreational sunscreen67 products
mask66 products
brow liner66 products
around-eye cream61 products
facial cleanser60 products
mascara56 products
blush48 products
shampoo48 products
bronzer/highlighter44 products
BB cream40 products
conditioner39 products
lip balm38 products
lip gloss37 products
36 products
exfoliant/scrub28 products
body wash/cleanser28 products
makeup primer24 products
hair treatment/serum22 products
hand cream20 products
facial powder15 products
antiperspirant/deodorant15 products
body firming lotion13 products
hair-loss treatment12 products
anti-aging11 products
lip balm with SPF11 products
liquid hand soap9 products
foot moisturizer7 products
nail treatment7 products
toners/astringents7 products
baby lotion7 products
sunless tanning7 products
baby sunscreen7 products
styling gel/lotion6 products
hair color and bleaching5 products
muscle/joint soreness5 products
baby soap5 products
body oil4 products
after sun product4 products
baby shampoo4 products
setting powder/spray4 products
damaged skin treatment4 products
skin fading/lightener3 products
after shave3 products
diaper cream3 products
bath oil/salts/soak3 products
makeup remover3 products
shaving cream2 products
cuticle treatment2 products
baby oil2 products
hair styling aide2 products
baby bubble bath2 products
beard cleanser2 products
detangler1 products
oil controller1 products
CC cream1 products
baby wipes1 products
tanning oil1 products
beard care1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)1 products
foot odor control1 products
shaving cream (men's)1 products

Contamination concerns

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Chemical
NITROSAMINES

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more human case studies show possible immune and respiratory or allergenic effectsAssociation of Occupational and Environmental Clinics

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Used in food or as an additive with limited or no toxicity information availableFDA Everything Added to Food
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food

Developmental/reproductive toxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more animal studies show female reproductive system effects at high dosesOpen scientific literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulativeEnvironment 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
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment 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
18085 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM 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.

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED™ mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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Data availability

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