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MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF OIL

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Data: Limited

  • Other Concerns
  • Functions
  • About the Chemical
  • Synonyms
  • Endocrine disruption (low)

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW

Products with this Ingredient

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moisturizer45 products
facial cleanser42 products
toothpaste41 products
shampoo39 products
conditioner38 products
facial moisturizer/treatment33 products
antiperspirant/deodorant29 products
beach & sport sunscreen23 products
mask21 products
mouthwash16 products
body wash/cleanser16 products
serums & essences15 products
foot moisturizer14 products
toners/astringents14 products
exfoliant/scrub13 products
bar soap11 products
hair treatment/serum8 products
after shave6 products
liquid hand soap6 products
diaper cream6 products
body oil5 products
hand sanitizer4 products
lip gloss4 products
makeup primer4 products
foot cleansing4 products
lip balm4 products
moisturizer with SPF4 products
beard care3 products
bath oil/salts/soak3 products
beard oil3 products
body spray2 products
baby sunscreen2 products
around-eye cream2 products
detangler2 products
baby soap2 products
shaving cream2 products
baby lotion2 products
hand cream2 products
muscle/joint soreness2 products
after sun product2 products
pore strips2 products
hair styling aide2 products
sunless tanning2 products
makeup remover2 products
foundation1 products
hair relaxer1 products
fragrance for men1 products
eye shadow1 products
tooth whitening1 products
styling gel/lotion1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)1 products
hair spray1 products
vapor rubs1 products
baby bubble bath1 products
facial powder1 products
damaged skin treatment1 products
shaving cream (men's)1 products
lip balm with SPF1 products
nail treatment1 products

Endocrine disruption

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Concern Reference
in preliminary study, linked to prepubertal breast development in three boys, and to estrogenic and anti-androgenic activity in lab assaysHenley et al 2007 Prepubertal gynecomastia linked to lavender and tea tree oils. N Engl J Med. 2007 Feb 1;356(5):479-85.

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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Concern Reference
tea tree oil linked to sensitization (allergic reactions) in a number of case studiesPirker C et al 2003. Sensitization to tea tree oil in Germany and Austria. A multicenter study of the German Contact Dermatitis Group. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2003 Aug;1(8):629-34.

Data gaps

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Concern Reference
570 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

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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

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

Data Sources

  • Henley et al 2007 Prepubertal gynecomastia linked to lavender and tea tree oils. N Engl J Med. 2007 Feb 1;356(5):479-85.
  • Pirker C et al 2003. Sensitization to tea tree oil in Germany and Austria. A multicenter study of the German Contact Dermatitis Group. J Dtsch Dermatol Ges. 2003 Aug;1(8):629-34.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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