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Data: Limited

Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil

  • This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products that are inhalable (e.g., sprays, powders) because of respiratory concerns.
  • Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.

Other Concerns

Use restrictions (moderate), Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low), Ecotoxicology (low), and Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

SYNONYMS

● CALIFORNIA TYPE LEMON OIL, COLD PRESSED
● CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) ESSENTIAL OIL
● CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) PEEL OIL
● CITRUS LIMON OIL
● CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) ESSENTIAL OIL
● CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) OIL
● CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM (LEMON) PEEL OIL
● CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM ESSENTIAL OIL
● CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM OIL
● CITRUS MEDICA LIMONUM PEEL OIL
● COLD PRESSED CALIFORNIA TYPE LEMON OIL
● COLD PRESSED DESERT TYPE LEMON OIL
● DESERT TYPE LEMON OIL, COLD PRESSED
● DISTILLED LEMON OIL
● LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL
● LEMON OIL
● LEMON OIL FOLDED
● LEMON OIL, COLD PRESSED, CALIFORNIA TYPE
● LEMON OIL, COLD PRESSED, DESERT TYPE
● LEMON OIL, DISTILLED
● LEMON OIL; LEMON OIL; LEMON OIL CONCENTRATE; LEMON OIL, DISTILLED; LEMON OIL, GUINEA; LEMON OIL, ITALIAN; LEMON PETIGRAIN OIL; LEMON PETITGRAIN OIL
● LEMON PEEL OIL
● OIL OF LEMON
● OILS, LEMON

Restricted

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


Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

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

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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mask40 products
exfoliant/scrub37 products
liquid hand soap35 products
serums & essences28 products
bar soap28 products
bath oil/salts/soak25 products
hand sanitizer21 products
hand cream18 products
hair treatment/serum18 products
lip balm17 products
body oil16 products
bubble bath13 products
daily use with SPF13 products
toners/astringents12 products
recreational sunscreen10 products
shaving cream8 products
around-eye cream8 products
hair styling aide8 products
cuticle treatment6 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)6 products
mouthwash6 products
BB cream6 products
toothpaste5 products
beard oil5 products
after sun product4 products
makeup remover4 products
body spray4 products
lipstick3 products
shaving cream (men's)3 products
body firming lotion3 products
nail treatment3 products
fragrance for women3 products
lip plumper3 products
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baby lotion3 products
makeup primer3 products
sunless tanning3 products
styling gel/lotion2 products
foot moisturizer2 products
anti-aging2 products
after shave2 products
foot cleansing2 products
baby wipes2 products
baby shampoo2 products
setting powder/spray2 products
hair spray2 products
lip gloss2 products
concealer2 products
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beard care2 products
baby soap1 products
detangler1 products
lip balm with SPF1 products
muscle/joint soreness1 products
skin fading/lightener1 products
foot odor control1 products
facial powder1 products
tooth whitening1 products
hair-loss treatment1 products
tanning oil1 products
beard cleanser1 products
baby toothpaste1 products
nail polish1 products
body cleansing wipes1 products

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as any irritantOpen scientific literature
Limited evidence of any irritationOpen scientific literature
any irritation - weight of evidence unknown/unassessedOpen scientific literature

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Known human any toxicant or allergenOpen scientific literature
Human any toxicant or allergen - strong evidenceOpen scientific literature
Possible human any toxicant or allergenOpen scientific literature
Limited evidence of any toxicity or allergiesOpen scientific literature
Limited evidence of any toxicity or allergiesOpen scientific literature
Limited evidence of any toxicity or allergiesOpen scientific literature

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Persistent, bioaccumulative in wildlifeOpen scientific literature
Not suspected to be persistentOpen scientific literature
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeOpen scientific literature

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Recommended restricted in cosmetics - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Fragrance subject to restrictions: safe only within recommended use or concentration limitsn)International Fragrance Association Codes & Standards
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - anyOpen scientific literature
Restricted in cosmetics - labeling requirement for allergensOpen scientific literature

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as toxic or harmful.Open scientific literature
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Developmental/reproductive toxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more animal studies show any effects at high dosesOpen scientific literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Wildlife and environmental toxicityOpen scientific literature
Wildlife and environmental toxicityOpen scientific literature
Suspected to be an environmental toxinOpen scientific literature
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Miscellaneous

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Occupational hazards related to handlingOpen scientific literature

Cancer

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited or incomplete evidence of cancer according to safety/hazard data – government assessment cannot classify as human carcinogen due to data gapsOpen scientific literature
Not likely to be carcinogenic in humansOpen scientific literature

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
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • IFRA (International Fragrance Association). 2006. Codes and Standards.
  • 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.

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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