- Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.
Other ConcernsEnhanced skin absorption and Use restrictions (moderate)
SYNONYMS2-ETHYLHEXYL 2-HYDROXYBENZOATE, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER BENZOIC ACID, 2-HYDROXY-, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER SALICYLIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE, 2-HYDROXY- 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER BENZOIC ACID, 3-10-00-00124 (BEILSTEIN HANDBOOK REFERENCE), BENZOIC ACID, 2-HYDROXY-, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, BENZOIC ACID, 2HYDROXY, 2ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, BRN 2730664, EHS, EINECS 204-263-4, ETHYL HEXYL SALICYLATE, ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE, NSC 46151, OCTISALATE, OCTISALATE (OCTYL SALICYLATE), OCTYL SALICYLATE, SALICYLIC ACID, 2-ETHYLHEXYL ESTER, SUNAROME O, SUNAROME WMO, USAF DO-11, and WMO
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Octisalate is a sunscreen ingredient with a generally good safety profile. It can stabilize avobenzone and result in longer-lasting sun protection.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|recreational sunscreen||541 products|
|daily use with SPF||354 products|
|fragrance for women||140 products|
|baby sunscreen||68 products|
|fragrance for men||53 products|
|lip balm with SPF||51 products|
|body spray||46 products|
|CC cream||44 products|
|BB cream||31 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||24 products|
|hair treatment/serum||14 products|
|tanning oil||12 products|
|body oil||11 products|
|makeup primer||9 products|
|body wash/cleanser||7 products|
|hair styling aide||6 products|
|lip balm||6 products|
|hair color and bleaching||5 products|
|facial cleanser||5 products|
|after shave||5 products|
|hand sanitizer||4 products|
|styling mousse/foam||4 products|
|skin fading/lightener||4 products|
|serums & essences||3 products|
|setting powder/spray||3 products|
|hair spray||2 products|
|sunless tanning||1 products|
|lip gloss||1 products|
|styling gel/lotion||1 products|
|after sun product||1 products|
|around-eye cream||1 products|
Enhanced skin absorption
|Penetration enhancer||Open scientific literature|
|Absorbs into the skin||Open scientific literature|
|Restricted in cosmetics (recommendations or requirements) - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Japan - restricted for use in some types of cosmetics (concentration limit)||Japan's Standards for Cosmetics|
|Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualifications||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|One or more human case studies show possible immune or allergenic effects||Open scientific literature|
|Suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|2123 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
Biochemical or cellular level changes
|Does not produces excess reactive oxygen species or other harmful biochemical changes.||Open scientific literature|
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. 2006. Standards for Cosmetics. Evaluation and Licensing Division. Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau.
- CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
- 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.
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