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Data: Fair

Tocopherol

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Contamination concerns (high)

SYNONYMS

2H-1-BENZOPYRAN-6-OL, 3,4-DIHYDRO-2,5,7,8-TETRAMETHYL-2-(4,8,12-TRIMETHYLTRIDECYL)-, 2H1BENZOPYRAN6OL, 3,4DIHYDRO2,5,7,8TETRAMETHYL2(4,8,12TRIMETHYLTRIDECYL), 3,4-DIHYDRO-2,5,7,8-TETRAMETHYL-2-(4,8,12-TRIMETHYLTRIDECYL)- 2H-1-BENZOPYRAN-6-OL, 3,4-DIHYDRO-2,5,7,8-TETRAMETHYL-2-(4,8,12-TRIMETHYLTRIDECYL)-2H-1-BENZOPYRAN-6-OL, 3,4-DIHYDRO-2,5,7,8-TETRAMETHYL-2-(4,8,12-TRIMETHYLTRIDECYL)-2H-BENZOPYRAN-6-OL, D-ALPHA-TOCOPHEROL, DL-A -TOCOP HEROL, DL-ALPHA-TOCOPHEROL, MIXED TOCOPHEROLS, NATURAL VITAMIN E, TOCOPHEROL, TOCOPHERYL, VITAMIN E, and VITAMIN E OIL

Tocopherols are a class of naturally occurring chemical compounds related to Vitamin E

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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  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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foundation1240 products
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facial moisturizer/treatment881 products
lip balm839 products
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recreational sunscreen544 products
lip gloss543 products
concealer519 products
serums & essences462 products
mask349 products
daily use with SPF338 products
eye shadow322 products
brow liner300 products
conditioner297 products
facial cleanser277 products
eye liner263 products
shampoo255 products
bronzer/highlighter247 products
lip liner236 products
hair treatment/serum234 products
blush231 products
exfoliant/scrub229 products
body oil225 products
antiperspirant/deodorant211 products
around-eye cream201 products
body wash/cleanser200 products
hand cream193 products
mascara159 products
lip balm with SPF120 products
baby sunscreen109 products
liquid hand soap101 products
makeup primer101 products
hair styling aide99 products
CC cream87 products
BB cream86 products
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body firming lotion83 products
nail polish81 products
beard oil78 products
bar soap66 products
makeup remover64 products
setting powder/spray63 products
facial powder59 products
toners/astringents57 products
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fragrance for women53 products
anti-aging46 products
hand sanitizer42 products
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sunless tanning39 products
beard care39 products
diaper cream38 products
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cuticle treatment25 products
baby soap25 products
foot moisturizer24 products
nail treatment24 products
bubble bath24 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)22 products
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shaving cream20 products
muscle/joint soreness20 products
body spray20 products
detangler20 products
fragrance for men19 products
after sun product17 products
baby oil17 products
baby shampoo17 products
hair color and bleaching15 products
shaving cream (men's)14 products
toothpaste14 products
hair spray12 products
styling mousse/foam12 products
body powder11 products
skin fading/lightener10 products
after shave9 products
baby wipes7 products
eyelash glue7 products
baby powder6 products
hair removal waxes5 products
oil controller5 products
tanning oil5 products
polish remover5 products
glitter5 products
mouthwash5 products
beard cleanser5 products
baby bubble bath4 products
hair-loss treatment4 products
eye makeup remover3 products
tooth whitening3 products
body art3 products
depilatory2 products
vapor rubs2 products
other eye makeup1 products
hair relaxer1 products
foot odor control1 products

Contamination concerns

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Chemical
HYDROQUINONE

Cancer

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more animal studies show tumor formation at high dosesOpen scientific literature

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
43489 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
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status

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

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.

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