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Burt's Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream (old formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Burt's Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream (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 Burt's Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream (old formulation) is 4.

Data last updated: July 2013

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW_MODERATE

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is HIGH

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Miscellaneous
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair
RETINYL ACETATE (VITMIN A ACETATE)
Appeared as: RETINYL ACETATE (VITAMIN A)

• Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

Fair
SODIUM BORATE
Appeared as: SODIUM BORATE (NATURAL BORAX)

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Good
GLYCERIN
Appeared as: VEGETABLE GLYCERIN

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Fair
CI 75130
Appeared as: BETA CAROTENE (VITAMIN A)

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

Robust

Fair
HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) OIL
Appeared as: HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL

Limited
VEGETABLE FAT
Appeared as: STEARIC ACID (VEGETABLE FAT)

Limited
BEESWAX
Appeared as: BEESWAX (APIS MELLIFERA)

Limited
SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) OIL
Appeared as: SEASAME OIL

Limited
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER)
Appeared as: SHEA BUTTER (BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII)

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited
MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA (MACADAMIA) SEED OIL
Appeared as: MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA (NUT) (MACADAMIA TERNIFOLIA SEED OIL)

Limited
ROSA CANINA (DOG ROSE) HIPS OIL
Appeared as: ROSA CANINA (ROSE HIP) OIL (ROSE HIP)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)

Limited
SALIX ALBA (WHITE WILLOW) BARK EXTRACT
Appeared as: WILLOW BARK EXTRACT

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited
CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (POT MARIGOLD) FLOWER EXTRACT
Appeared as: CALENDULA (CALENDULA OFFICINALIS) FLOWER EXTRACT (CALENDULA OFFICINALIS)

Limited
PLANTAGO LANCEOLATA (RIBWORT PLANTAIN) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: PLANTAIN LEAF EXTRACT

Limited

Limited
ROSA DAMASCENA (ROSE) FLOWER OIL
Appeared as: ROSE OIL

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited
CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) FLOWER OIL
Appeared as: NEROLI (CITRUS AURANTIUM) OIL

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited
BORAGO OFFICINALIS (BORAGE) OIL
Appeared as: BORAGE (BORAGO OFFICINALIS) OIL (BORAGO OFFICINALIS)

Limited
SUCROSE STEARATE
Appeared as: SUCROSE STEARATE (SUGAR EMULSIFIER)

Limited
ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY) EXTRACT

Fair

Fair
XANTHAN GUM
Appeared as: XANTHAN GUM (NATURAL THICKENER)

Fair

Fair
LACTOPEROXIDASE
Appeared as: LACTOPEROXIDASE (NATURAL ENZYMES)

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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PETA Cruelty-free Companies

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Leaping Bunny

Products bearing the Leaping Bunny mark are certified cruelty-free under the Humane Household Products Standard, managed in the U.S. and Canada by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics, a coalition of eight national animal protection groups. Participating companies must open their processes to independent audits throughout the supply chain.

For more information visit: http://www.leapingbunny.org/

Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Water, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid (Vegetable Fat), Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Vegetable Glycerin, Seasame Oil, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Macadamia Ternifolia (Nut) (Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil), Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Oil (Rose Hip), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Willow Bark Extract, Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Flower Extract (Calendula Officinalis), Plantain Leaf Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris (Lady's Mantle) Extract, Rose Oil, Neroli (Citrus Aurantium) Oil, Borage (Borago Officinalis) Oil (Borago Officinalis), Sucrose Stearate (Sugar Emulsifier), Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Vegetable Oil, Beta Carotene (Vitamin A), Xanthan Gum (Natural Thickener), Sodium Borate (Natural Borax), Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase (Natural Enzymes)

Directions from packaging:

Massage into hands daily. Great for dry, flaky elbows too!

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