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Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer (old formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer (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 Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer (old formulation) is 5.

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

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

Limited
MURASAKI401
Appeared as: EXT VIOLET 2 (CI 60730)

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

Fair

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

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES and OXAZOLIDINE)

Limited

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

Fair

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

Fair
FD&C BLUE 1
Appeared as: BLUE 1 (CI 42090)

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

Fair
ETHANOL
Appeared as: ETHYL ALCOHOL

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Good

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

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Robust

Limited

Fair

Fair

Limited
MACROCYSTIS PYRIFERA EXTRACT
Appeared as: MACROCYSTIC PYRIFERA EXTRACT

Limited
PEARL POWDER
Appeared as: PEARL EXTRACT

None
PLUMERIA ACUTIFOLIA (PAGODATREE) FLOWER EXTRACT
Appeared as: PLUMERIA ACUTIFOLIA (PLUMERIA) FLOWER EXTRACT

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Robust

Fair

Limited
ULTRAMARINES
Appeared as: ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007)

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

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:

Active Ingredients: Ethyl Alcohol (70% v/v), Inactive Ingredients: Water, Isopropyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Lactose, Macrocystic Pyrifera Extract, Pearl Extract, Plumeria Acutifolia (Plumeria) Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10 30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Ext Violet 2 (CI 60730), Ultramarines (CI 77007)

Directions from packaging:

Place enough product in your palm to thoroughly cover your hands. Rub hands together briskly until dry.

Warnings from packaging:

As with all drug products, children under 6 years of age should be supervised when using PURELL. Do not store above 100°F (43°C). May discolor certain fabrics or surfaces. Flammable, keep away from fire or flame. For external use only. Keep out of eyes. In case of eye contact immediately flush eyes with water, call a doctor. Discontinue use if irritation or redness develops. If condition persists for more than 72 hours, consult a doctor. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, call a doctor.

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