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CVS Exfoliating Cleansing Towelettes (old formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the CVS Exfoliating Cleansing Towelettes (old formulation) product label collected on July 23, 2013 for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for CVS Exfoliating Cleansing Towelettes (old formulation) is 7.

Data last updated: July 2013

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW_MODERATE

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Occupational hazards
  • Use restrictions
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Occupational hazards (high)
• Contamination concerns (FORMALDEHYDE and NITROSAMINES)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Fair

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (moderate)

Limited
ANTHEMIS NOBILIS (CHAMOMILE)
Appeared as: *CHAMOMILE

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Limited

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Limited
ALCOHOL ETHOXYLATES (C16-18, 25EO)
Appeared as: CETEARETH-12

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Robust

Limited
CETEARYL ISONONANOATE
Appeared as: CETEARYL ISONONATE

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

Limited
GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE
Appeared as: GLYCERYL STEARATE

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

Limited
CENTAUREA CYANUS (CORNFLOWER) FLOWER EXTRACT
Appeared as: CENTAUREA CYANUS FLOWER EXTRACT

Fair

Limited
CAMELLIA OLEIFERA (TEA-OIL CAMELLIA) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: CAMELLIA OLEIFERA EXTRACT**

Limited
ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) GEL
Appeared as: ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE****

• Cancer (low)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)

Fair

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption

Limited
ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA)
Appeared as: ****ALOE VERA

• Cancer (low)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Unknown

Leading international certifiers PETA and Leaping Bunny have no information concerning this company’s use of animal testing.

Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Water, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Cetyl Palmitate, Ceteareth-12, Propylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol.

Directions from packaging:

Use in the morning and evening to cleanse and exfoliate face; no rinsing necessary. Open lid to access towelette; close lid tightly to retain moisture. After use, place towelette in trash receptacle; do not flush.

Warnings from packaging:

Keep out of reach of children. For external use only. As with most facial cleansers, getting product in eyes may cause stinging. If this occurs, rinse eyes thoroughly with warm water.

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