Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Squalene is a naturally occuring lipid in both plants and animals. This ingredient is listed in the PETA's Caring Consumer guide as primarily derived from animals, especially shark liver oil.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|facial moisturizer/treatment||29 products|
|serums & essences||12 products|
|around-eye cream||12 products|
|hair treatment/serum||6 products|
|eye shadow||6 products|
|lip balm with SPF||6 products|
|makeup primer||5 products|
|lip balm||5 products|
|facial cleanser||5 products|
|body oil||4 products|
|brow liner||3 products|
|lip gloss||3 products|
|hand cream||3 products|
|daily use with SPF||2 products|
|recreational sunscreen||2 products|
|hair styling aide||2 products|
|body firming lotion||2 products|
|facial powder||1 products|
|baby lotion||1 products|
|setting powder/spray||1 products|
|lip liner||1 products|
|fragrance for women||1 products|
|skin fading/lightener||1 products|
|hair removal waxes||1 products|
|makeup remover||1 products|
|muscle/joint soreness||1 products|
|foot moisturizer||1 products|
|Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulative||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|
|3193 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
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|
|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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