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Optimum Care Salon Collection Optimum Care Anti-Breakage No-Lye Relaxer System, Regular (old formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Optimum Care Salon Collection Optimum Care Anti-Breakage No-Lye Relaxer System, Regular (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 Optimum Care Salon Collection Optimum Care Anti-Breakage No-Lye Relaxer System, Regular (old formulation) is 9.

Data last updated: July 2013

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

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
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair
FRAGRANCE
Appeared as: PARFUM/FRAGRANCE

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

Fair
LILIAL
Appeared as: BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Endocrine disruption (low)

Limited
LYRAL
Appeared as: HYDROXYISOHEXYL 3-CYCLOHEXENE CARBOXALDEHYDE

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)

Limited
AMYLCINNAMALDEHYDE
Appeared as: AMYL CINNAMAL

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)

Good

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)

Good

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Limited

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

Fair

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

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (PAHS)

Fair

• Use restrictions (high)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Good

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (COCAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, 3-DIMETHYLAMINOPROPYLAMINE, and NITROSAMINES)

Limited

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (low)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

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

None

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (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

• Use restrictions (high)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Limited

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Contamination concerns (ACRYLAMIDE)

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Limited

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

None

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

Limited

• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair
ALCOHOL ETHOXYLATES (C12)
Appeared as: LAURETH-23

• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair
FD&C YELLOW 5
Appeared as: CI 19140/YELLOW 5

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

• Use restrictions (high)

Fair
FD&C BLUE 1
Appeared as: CI 42090/BLUE 1

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Limited
ACID RED 33
Appeared as: CI 17200/RED 33

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: AQUA/WATER

Limited

None

None

• Use restrictions (low)

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption

None

Good
MINERAL OIL
Appeared as: PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM/ MINERAL OIL

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

Fair

Fair

Limited

None

• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

None

Limited
PHENOLSULFONPHTHALEIN
Appeared as: PHENOLSULFONEPHTHALEIN

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Limited

• Enhanced skin absorption

None

• Use restrictions (low)

None

None

Limited

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Fair

Fair

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

Fair
COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL
Appeared as: COCOS NUCIFERA OIL/COCONUT OIL

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Protective Pre-Treatment: Aqua/Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Trideceth-2 Carboxamide MEA, Ceteareth-25, Phenoxyethanol, Hexadimethrine Chloride, Parfum/Fragrance, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Polyquaternium-22, Disodium EDTA, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol. Conditioning Relaxer Creme: Aqua/Water, Petrolatum, Paraffinum Liquidum/ Mineral Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Calcium Hydroxide, PEG-75 Lanolin, Polyquaternium-6, Propylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine. Liquid Activator: Aqua/Water, Guanidine Carbonate, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Denatonium Benzoate, CI 16035/Red 40. Neutralizing Shampoo: Aqua/Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Polysorbate 20, Cocamide MEA, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Polyquaternium-7, Citric Acid, Sodium PCA, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Honey, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Phenolsulfonephthalein. Reconstructor Treatment: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Stearyl Dimethicone, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxypropyl Trimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Linalool, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol. Leave-in Strengthener: Aqua/Water, Oleth-20, Polyquaternium-6, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Methylparaben, Panthenol, Ethylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citric Acid, Alpha-Isomethylionone, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Disodium EDTA, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citric Acid, Alpha-Isomethylionone, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Geraniol, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Citral. Oil Moisturizer: Aqua/Water, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl, Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, Paraffin, Parfum/Fragrance, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Methylparaben, Triethanolamine, Ethylparaben, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Disodium EDTA, Laureth-4, Laureth-23, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Geraniol, Coumarin, CI 19140/Yellow 5, Amyl Cinnamal, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, CI 14700/Red 4, CI 17200/Red 33, CI 42090/Blue 1.

Directions from packaging:

Important - read & follow the safety warnings.

Warnings from packaging:

Important - read before purchasing. This product may not be suitable for all hair types; a strand test must be performed prior to application. Use the strength of relaxer suited to your hair. Not suitable for use on children. Do not use on bleached hair, highlighted hair, hair treated with henna or metallic salts, or hair processed with a thio/perm product such as thioglycolate, thiolactate, cysteine, cysteamine, sulfite. Hair loss or breakage could occur. Do not use on hair that is fragile, breaking, splitting or otherwise damaged; for example, due to frequent coloring or other chemical processes. If you have permanent or demi-permanent haircolor, wait at least 2 weeks before relaxing. Do not use if you have a sensitive, irritated or damaged scalp. It is recommended that you use petroleum jelly during application as indicated in the enclosed instructions. Safety Warnings: Read and follow enclosed instruction sheet completely before using. Failure to follow instructions or warnings or other misuse of the product can cause serious injury to eyes or skin and can damage hair or result in permanent loss. Keep out of reach of children. Contains alkali. Wear gloves provided in the kit throughout the relaxing process. Avoid contact with eyes. Can cause blindness. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately and thoroughly with water and consult a doctor. Keep relaxer off scalp and other skin areas. In case of contact with skin, rinse immediately.

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