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Data: Fair

Synthetic Wax

Other Concerns


SYNONYMS

● PARAFFIN 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
● SYNTHETIC WAX

Restricted

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.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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lipstick563 products
eye liner327 products
lip liner237 products
eye shadow193 products
brow liner151 products
foundation141 products
concealer132 products
bronzer/highlighter123 products
lip balm113 products
blush112 products
lip gloss110 products
mascara74 products
exfoliant/scrub45 products
facial cleanser16 products
mask14 products
BB cream14 products
lip plumper13 products
facial powder12 products
antiperspirant/deodorant9 products
CC cream9 products
makeup primer9 products
facial moisturizer/treatment9 products
hair styling aide9 products
recreational sunscreen7 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)6 products
shampoo4 products
daily use with SPF3 products
3 products
hair color and bleaching3 products
makeup remover3 products
around-eye cream2 products
other eye makeup2 products
lip balm with SPF2 products
body wash/cleanser2 products
nail polish2 products
depilatory1 products
body cleansing wipes1 products
nail glue1 products
mouthwash1 products
hair removal waxes1 products
glitter1 products
baby sunscreen1 products
beard cleanser1 products
anti-aging1 products
body art1 products
setting powder/spray1 products
moisturizer1 products
conditioner1 products

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
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 productCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
2794 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - anyCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

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
Classified as a low human health priorityEnvironment 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED® mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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Data availability

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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