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Data: Fair

Mica

Other Concerns

Persistence and bioaccumulation (high) and Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

SYNONYMS

CI 77019, GOLDEN MICA, MICA, MICAGROUP MINERALS, MUSCOVITE MICA, PIGMENT WHITE 20, SERICITE, SERICITE GMS-2C, SERICITE GMS-C, SERICITE MK-A, and SERICITE MK-B

Restricted

Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation


Mica is a type of highly brittle silicate minerals with diverse chemical composition; typically used as a colorant.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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bronzer/highlighter838 products
blush752 products
eye liner685 products
concealer500 products
brow liner410 products
lip liner383 products
nail polish379 products
facial powder266 products
daily use with SPF162 products
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setting powder/spray147 products
lip balm138 products
makeup primer127 products
facial moisturizer/treatment126 products
mascara112 products
mask110 products
shampoo109 products
hair color and bleaching91 products
bar soap89 products
BB cream88 products
around-eye cream84 products
recreational sunscreen84 products
exfoliant/scrub73 products
glitter68 products
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toothpaste66 products
body wash/cleanser65 products
CC cream57 products
moisturizer55 products
serums & essences54 products
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facial cleanser30 products
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body spray11 products
body powder10 products
bubble bath9 products
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toners/astringents6 products
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liquid hand soap5 products
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shaving cream4 products
hand cream3 products
makeup remover3 products
body art3 products
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mouthwash2 products
hair spray2 products
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foot moisturizer2 products
beard care2 products
antiperspirant/deodorant2 products
baby oil1 products
hair removal waxes1 products
nail treatment1 products
other eye makeup1 products
tanning oil1 products
hand sanitizer1 products
eyelash glue1 products
baby shampoo1 products
fragrance for men1 products
cuticle treatment1 products
damaged skin treatment1 products
baby lotion1 products
nail glue1 products
shaving cream (men's)1 products
baby soap1 products

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Persistent, bioaccumulative in wildlife and humansNational Library of Medicine HazMap
Persistent, bioaccumulative in wildlifeNational Library of Medicine HazMap
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of gastrointestinal or liver toxicityScorecard.org Toxicity Information
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

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - Color additive approved by FDA for use in cosmeticsFDA Color Additive Status
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - Color Additives - Exempt from Batch Certification by the U.S. Food and Drug AdministrationCTFA International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
4098 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
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2006. HazMap — Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Agents.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • ED (Environmental Defense). 2006. Scorecard _ The Pollution Information Site. http://www.scorecard.org.
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Color Additive Status List. September 2006.
  • CTFA (Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association). 2006. International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook, 11th Edition. Color Additive Information. Washington, DC.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

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