SYNONYMSPARAFFIN WAXES AND HYDROCARBON WAXES, PARAFFIN; PARAFFIN; PARAFFIN WAX; PARAFFIN WAX; PARAFFIN WAXES; PARAFFIN WAX (PETROLEUM); POLY(METHYLENE)WAX; SYNTHETIC PARAFFIN WAX, FISCHER-TROPSCH; WAX EXTRACT, and SYNTHETIC WAX
Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation
Synthetic wax is a hydrocarbon wax produced from fossil fuel materials such as natural gas.
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LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
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Products with this Ingredient
|lip liner||254 products|
|eye liner||197 products|
|eye shadow||166 products|
|lip balm||149 products|
|brow liner||127 products|
|lip gloss||103 products|
|facial cleanser||14 products|
|lip plumper||12 products|
|CC cream||12 products|
|BB cream||11 products|
|recreational sunscreen||10 products|
|makeup primer||9 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||8 products|
|facial powder||8 products|
|body wash/cleanser||7 products|
|makeup remover||6 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||2 products|
|body art||1 products|
|damaged skin treatment||1 products|
|bath oil/salts/soak||1 products|
|baby sunscreen||1 products|
|lip balm with SPF||1 products|
|hair styling aide||1 products|
|hair removal waxes||1 products|
|nail polish||1 products|
|styling gel/lotion||1 products|
|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|
|2794 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
|Not 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|
|Classified as a low human health priority||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|
Multiple, additive exposure sources
|Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food||FDA Everything Added to Food|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
- 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.
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
- 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.
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