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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 Reproductive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

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  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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shampoo124 products
mouthwash95 products
conditioner87 products
facial cleanser69 products
hair treatment/serum48 products
lip balm46 products
body wash/cleanser45 products
toothpaste38 products
exfoliant/scrub34 products
moisturizer31 products
mask30 products
muscle/joint soreness29 products
lip gloss25 products
lip plumper24 products
after shave22 products
shaving cream20 products
foot moisturizer17 products
after sun product17 products
bath oil/salts/soak16 products
body firming lotion13 products
toners/astringents13 products
shaving cream (men's)12 products
body powder11 products
tooth whitening11 products
foot cleansing10 products
hair-loss treatment10 products
lip balm with SPF10 products
facial moisturizer/treatment9 products
pore strips9 products
lipstick8 products
foot odor control8 products
styling gel/lotion6 products
foundation6 products
bar soap6 products
antiperspirant/deodorant5 products
body oil4 products
makeup remover4 products
recreational sunscreen4 products
beard oil4 products
makeup primer4 products
body spray3 products
vapor rubs3 products
bubble bath3 products
daily use with SPF3 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)3 products
detangler2 products
beard cleanser2 products
damaged skin treatment2 products
hair styling aide2 products
serums & essences2 products
beard care2 products
hair removal waxes2 products
1 products
baby wipes1 products
cuticle treatment1 products
liquid hand soap1 products
facial powder1 products
hair spray1 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

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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Hazard score

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Data availability

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