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Data: Fair

Sodium Salicylate

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Use restrictions (low)

SYNONYMS

● 2-HYDROXY- MONOSODIUM SALT BENZOIC ACID
● 2-HYDROXYBENZOIC ACID, MONOSODIUM SALT
● BENZOIC ACID, 2-HYDROXY-, MONOSODIUM SALT
● BENZOIC ACID, 2HYDROXY, MONOSODIUM SALT
● MONOSODIUM SALT 2-HYDROXYBENZOIC ACID
● MONOSODIUM SALT BENZOIC ACID, 2-HYDROXY-
● O-HYDROXYBENZOIC ACID, SODIUM SALT
● SODIUM O-HYDROXYBENZOATE
● SODIUM SALICYLATE

Restricted

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


Sodium Salicylate is a sodium salt of salicylic acid.

Common concerns

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

Ingredient concerns

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Products with this Ingredient

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body wash/cleanser100 products
shampoo82 products
liquid hand soap38 products
facial cleanser24 products
bronzer/highlighter18 products
foundation13 products
serums & essences10 products
setting powder/spray10 products
conditioner10 products
exfoliant/scrub7 products
facial moisturizer/treatment6 products
toners/astringents5 products
blush4 products
hair color and bleaching4 products
around-eye cream2 products
hair treatment/serum2 products
1 products
makeup primer1 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)1 products
bar soap1 products
body firming lotion1 products
shaving cream1 products
mask1 products

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Cancer

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited or incomplete evidence of cancer according to safety/hazard data – scientific review cannot classify as human carcinogen due to data gapsEWG Assessment of Open Scientific Literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
6878 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • EWG Assessment of Open Scientific Literature
  • 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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