Other ConcernsNon-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
PVP (polyvinylpyrrolidone) is a water-soluble synthetic polymer.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|hair styling aide||210 products|
|styling gel/lotion||134 products|
|brow liner||107 products|
|eye shadow||75 products|
|setting powder/spray||63 products|
|styling mousse/foam||45 products|
|tooth whitening||45 products|
|hair treatment/serum||36 products|
|eye liner||31 products|
|hair spray||26 products|
|serums & essences||20 products|
|hair color and bleaching||20 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||19 products|
|makeup primer||15 products|
|shaving cream||15 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||8 products|
|beard care||8 products|
|pore strips||7 products|
|BB cream||7 products|
|recreational sunscreen||6 products|
|facial cleanser||5 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||4 products|
|eyelash glue||4 products|
|other eye makeup||3 products|
|daily use with SPF||3 products|
|around-eye cream||3 products|
|nail polish||1 products|
|body spray||1 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||1 products|
|eye makeup remover||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|
|13470 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
|Not likely to be carcinogenic in humans||Open scientific literature|
|Limited or incomplete evidence of cancer according to safety/hazard data – government assessment cannot classify as human carcinogen due to data gaps||Int'l Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - Carcinogens|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Food Additive Status|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|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|
- 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.
- Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
- IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer). 2008. Overall Evaluations of Carcinogenicity to Humans, as evaluated in IARC Monographs Volumes 1-99 (a total of 935 agents, mixtures and exposures).
- 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.
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