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Data: Fair

Menthol

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Other Concerns

Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

SYNONYMS

(1ALPHA,2BETA,5ALPHA)-5-METHYL-2-(1-METHYLETHYL)CYCLOHEXANE, 2-ISOPROPYL-5-METHYLCYCLOHEXANOL, 3-HYDROXY-P-MENTHANE, 5-METHYL-2-(1-METHYLETHYL)- CYCLOHEXANOL, 5-METHYL-2-(1-METHYLETHYL)CYCLOHEXANOL, CYCLOHEXANOL, 5-METHYL-2-(1-METHYLETHYL)-, CYCLOHEXANOL, 5-METHYL-2-(1-METHYLETHYL)-, (1R,2S,5R)-REL-, DL-MENTHOL, L-MENTHOL, MENTHOL, MENTHOL CRYSTAL, P-METHAN-3-OL, and RACEMIC MENTHOL

Menthol is a scent ingredient naturally found in peppermin oil; also manufactured synthetically on a large scale.

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

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Products with this Ingredient

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shampoo132 products
mouthwash112 products
conditioner95 products
facial cleanser84 products
body wash/cleanser53 products
lip balm52 products
hair treatment/serum47 products
exfoliant/scrub41 products
toothpaste37 products
lip plumper36 products
mask34 products
after shave31 products
moisturizer29 products
shaving cream25 products
muscle/joint soreness25 products
lip gloss24 products
foot moisturizer18 products
bath oil/salts/soak18 products
after sun product17 products
body firming lotion14 products
toners/astringents13 products
shaving cream (men's)13 products
body powder12 products
tooth whitening12 products
facial moisturizer/treatment12 products
foot cleansing11 products
pore strips10 products
lip balm with SPF10 products
hair-loss treatment9 products
facial powder9 products
foundation9 products
foot odor control8 products
lipstick8 products
styling gel/lotion7 products
bar soap5 products
recreational sunscreen4 products
body oil4 products
bubble bath4 products
beard oil4 products
makeup primer4 products
antiperspirant/deodorant4 products
makeup remover3 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)3 products
daily use with SPF3 products
vapor rubs3 products
body spray3 products
hair removal waxes2 products
serums & essences2 products
beard care2 products
damaged skin treatment2 products
detangler2 products
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beard cleanser1 products
liquid hand soap1 products
hair styling aide1 products
cuticle treatment1 products
hair spray1 products
baby wipes1 products

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

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
2110 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

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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Understanding scores

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Hazard score

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Data availability

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