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Data: Good

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


Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW_MODERATE

Products with this Ingredient

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lipstick192 products
moisturizer with SPF171 products
foundation160 products
beach & sport sunscreen102 products
facial moisturizer/treatment89 products
serums & essences70 products
moisturizer66 products
lip gloss49 products
concealer44 products
BB cream35 products
brow liner34 products
lip liner33 products
mask31 products
facial cleanser30 products
eye liner28 products
lip balm26 products
mascara22 products
body firming lotion20 products
bronzer/highlighter19 products
exfoliant/scrub17 products
conditioner16 products
around-eye cream14 products
eye shadow14 products
lip balm with SPF14 products
shampoo12 products
baby sunscreen11 products
makeup primer11 products
anti-aging10 products
hair treatment/serum10 products
facial powder9 products
body wash/cleanser8 products
antiperspirant/deodorant8 products
blush7 products
makeup with SPF6 products
hair color and bleaching6 products
baby lotion5 products
hand cream5 products
sunless tanning5 products
baby soap5 products
liquid hand soap4 products
baby shampoo4 products
CC cream3 products
makeup remover3 products
toothpaste3 products
styling gel/lotion2 products
oil controller2 products
hair styling aide2 products
foot moisturizer2 products
nail treatment2 products
Facial Sun Care2 products
toners/astringents1 products
other eye makeup1 products
baby toothpaste1 products
cuticle treatment1 products
lip plumper1 products
baby oil1 products
diaper cream1 products
depilatory1 products
baby wipes1 products
Oils & Serums1 products

Contamination concerns

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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


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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

Developmental/reproductive toxicity

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Concern Reference
Treating female rats and rabbits with C. longa extracts inhibited reproduction.Effect of Curcuma longa (rhizomes) on fertility in experimental animals Planta medica 26(3), 225-7.


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Concern Reference
Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or 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

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 Sources

  • 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.
  • AOEC (Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics). 2009. AEOC exposures codes and asthmagen designation.
  • Effect of Curcuma longa (rhizomes) on fertility in experimental animals Planta medica 26(3), 225-7.
  • 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.

About this Ingredient's Score Range

  • This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products that are inhalable (e.g., sprays, powders) because of respiratory concerns.
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