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Octinoxate

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Other Concerns

Enhanced skin absorption, Endocrine disruption (moderate), Persistence and bioaccumulation (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low), and Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

SYNONYMS

2-ETHYLHEXYL P-METHOXYCINNAMATE, 2-ETHYLHEXYL 4-METHOXYCINNAMATE, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER 2-PROPENOIC ACID, 3-(4-METHOXYPHENY L)-, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER 3-(4-METHOXYPHENYL)-2-PROPENOIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER P-METHOXYCINNAMIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, 2-ETHYLHEXYL P-METHOXYCINNAMATE, 2-ETHYLHEXYL-4-METHOXYCINNAMATE, 2-PROPENOIC ACID, 3-(4-METHOXYPHENY L)-, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, 2-PROPENOIC ACID, 3-(4-METHOXYPHENYL)-, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, 2-PROPENOIC ACID, 3-(4-METHOXYPHENYL)-, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER;2-ETHYLHEXYL-P-METHOXYCINNAMATE, 2PROPENOIC ACID, 3(4METHOXYPHENYL), 2ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, 3-(4-METHOXYPHENY L)- 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER 2-PROPENOIC ACID, 3-(4-METHOXYPHENYL)-2-PROPENOIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, AI3-05710, CCRIS 6200, EINECS 226-775-7, ESCALOL, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, NEO HELIOPAN, NSC 26466, OCTINOXATE, OCTINOXATE (OCTYL METHOXYCINNAMATE), OCTYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, OMC, P-METHOXYCINNAMIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, and PARSOL MOX

This common sunscreen ingredient is shown to have hormone-mimicking effects on laboratory animals. This chemical is found in humans, including mothers' milk samples.

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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foundation387 products
daily use with SPF233 products
fragrance for women160 products
lip balm with SPF116 products
fragrance for men83 products
hair treatment/serum60 products
hair spray52 products
recreational sunscreen50 products
body spray48 products
conditioner47 products
BB cream38 products
shampoo37 products
35 products
hair styling aide34 products
CC cream32 products
lipstick30 products
facial moisturizer/treatment26 products
moisturizer22 products
makeup primer20 products
concealer18 products
body wash/cleanser12 products
lip gloss12 products
lip balm10 products
anti-aging10 products
serums & essences8 products
blush7 products
baby sunscreen7 products
styling mousse/foam6 products
styling gel/lotion6 products
after shave5 products
eye shadow5 products
body oil5 products
lip plumper4 products
detangler4 products
facial cleanser4 products
hand sanitizer4 products
setting powder/spray3 products
hair color and bleaching3 products
liquid hand soap3 products
bronzer/highlighter3 products
mask3 products
facial powder2 products
exfoliant/scrub2 products
around-eye cream2 products
glitter2 products
tanning oil1 products
eye makeup remover1 products
after sun product1 products
toners/astringents1 products
skin fading/lightener1 products
sunless tanning1 products

Enhanced skin absorption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Penetration enhancerOpen scientific literature
Absorbs into the skinOpen scientific literature

Biochemical or cellular level changes

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Produces excess reactive oxygen species that can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, lead to cell death and may be implicated in cardiovascular disease.Open scientific literature

Endocrine disruption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Human endocrine disruptor - strong evidenceEuropean Commission on Endocrine Disruption
One or more studies show significant wildlife and the environment disruptionEuropean Commission on Endocrine Disruption
One or more studies show moderate endocrine disruptionOpen scientific literature
One or more studies show weak endocrine disruptionOpen scientific literature
Associated with endocrine disruptionOpen scientific literature

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more human case studies show possible photoallergic or allergenic effectsOpen scientific literature

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Ingredient is suspected or measured to accumulate in peopleOpen scientific literature
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Developmental/reproductive toxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more animal studies show reproductive effects at moderate dosesOpen scientific literature
One or more animal studies show reproductive effects at high dosesOpen scientific literature

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more animal studies show liver effects at high doses (low dose studies may be unavailable for this ingredient)Open scientific literature
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Wildlife and environmental toxicityOpen scientific literature
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
799 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • EU (European Union)- Strategy for Endocrine Disrupters 2007. Commision on endocrin disruption requested by the European Parliament in 1998.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • 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.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

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

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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