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Magnesium Carbonate

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Use restrictions (low)

SYNONYMS

CARBONIC ACID, MAGNESIUM SALT (1:1), HEAVY MAGNESIUM CARBONATE, LIGHT MAGNESIUM CARBONATE, and MAGNESIUM CARBONATE

This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Restricted or Unacceptable Lists.


Magnesium Carbonate is a basic dehydrated magnesium carbonate or a normal hydratedmagnesium carbonate. This ingredient is not an approved colorant for the US. To identify the colorantallowed for use in the European Union (EU), the INCI Name C I 77713 must be used, except for hair dyeproducts.

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

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Products with this Ingredient

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antiperspirant/deodorant26 products
lipstick23 products
foundation16 products
eye shadow11 products
facial powder9 products
concealer9 products
shampoo8 products
setting powder/spray8 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)7 products
bath oil/salts/soak5 products
bronzer/highlighter5 products
blush4 products
moisturizer3 products
hair treatment/serum3 products
hair color and bleaching2 products
mascara2 products
toothpaste2 products
hair styling aide2 products
daily use with SPF1 products
mask1 products
conditioner1 products
facial cleanser1 products
tooth whitening1 products
body powder1 products
makeup primer1 products

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
339 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

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
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
  • 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.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.

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