Other ConcernsNon-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Microcrystalline wax is a hydrocarbon wax derived from petroleum.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|eye liner||346 products|
|lip balm||331 products|
|lip liner||241 products|
|lip gloss||211 products|
|brow liner||146 products|
|eye shadow||142 products|
|lip plumper||29 products|
|hair styling aide||26 products|
|diaper cream||17 products|
|makeup primer||16 products|
|lip balm with SPF||16 products|
|bar soap||14 products|
|facial cleanser||13 products|
|styling gel/lotion||10 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||9 products|
|BB cream||8 products|
|body wash/cleanser||8 products|
|facial powder||6 products|
|recreational sunscreen||6 products|
|around-eye cream||5 products|
|fragrance for women||4 products|
|hair color and bleaching||3 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||2 products|
|nail polish||1 products|
|setting powder/spray||1 products|
|sunless tanning||1 products|
|beard care||1 products|
|hair treatment/serum||1 products|
|daily use with SPF||1 products|
|makeup remover||1 products|
|depilatory (men's)||1 products|
|baby lotion||1 products|
|body firming lotion||1 products|
|other eye makeup||1 products|
|hand cream||1 products|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as expected to be toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Classified as medium human health priority||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in product||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|20 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
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