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Data: Fair

Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract

Other Concerns

Use restrictions (moderate) and Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

SYNONYMS

BALM LEAVES EXTRACT (MELISSA OFFICINALIS L.), BALM MINT LEAF EXTRACT, EXTRACT OF LEMON BALM, LEMON BALM EXTRACT, LEMON BALM LEAF EXTRACT, MELISSA OFFICINALIS (LEMON BALM) LEAF EXTRACT, MELISSA OFFICINALIS EXTRACT, and MELISSA OFFICINALIS LEAF EXTRACT

Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract is an extract of the leaves and tops of the balm mint, Melissaofficinalis.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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serums & essences7 products
exfoliant/scrub6 products
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bubble bath4 products
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mouthwash1 products
bar soap1 products
recreational sunscreen1 products
daily use with SPF1 products
bath oil/salts/soak1 products
body oil1 products
concealer1 products

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Recommended restricted in cosmetics - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Fragrance subject to restrictions: safe only within recommended use or concentration limitsn)International Fragrance Association Codes & Standards

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

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
185 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • IFRA (International Fragrance Association). 2006. Codes and Standards.
  • 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.

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.

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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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