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Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo Kit (old formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo Kit (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 Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo Kit (old formulation) is 7.

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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 HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Occupational hazards
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair
FRAGRANCE
Appeared as: FRAGRANCE/PARFUM

• 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)

Limited

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

Fair

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

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Fair

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

Limited

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

None

None

Limited

Limited
BEESWAX
Appeared as: BEESWAX/CIRE D'ABEILLE

Limited

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: WATER/EAU

Good
MINERAL OIL
Appeared as: MINERAL OIL/HUILE MINERALE

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

Limited

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

• 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:

Skin Guarding Balm Ingredients: Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Ozokerite, Beeswax/Cire D'Abeille, Propylparaben, Ethylene Brassylate, Tocopherol, Propyl Gallate, Tocopheryl Acetate. Hair Removal Cream Ingredients: Water/Eau, Mineral Oil/Huile Minerale, Cetearyl Alcohol, Calcium Thioglycolate, Calcium Hydroxide, Ceteareth-20, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance/Parfum, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.

Directions from packaging:

48 hours prior to every use: Read and follow warnings and directions on carton carefully. Conduct 48-hour skin reaction test. 1. Prepare your skin. Apply skin guarding balm. First, lightly apply the skin guarding balm across the middle of the areas you wish to treat. Be sure the layer is thin, and apply it only once for effective hair removal. Massage skin guarding balm. Use your fingers to massage the balm into your skin, going beyond the area you wish to treat. Massage for 20 seconds in a circular motion. This ensures there is a pre-treatment layer to keep the hair removal cream from coming in direct contact with your skin, and that hairs aren't overly coated. 2. Remove the hair. Apply hair removal cream. Apply a layer of hair removal cream to your fingertip (small grape size for upper lip treatment) and immediately smooth over the area to be treated. Cover it completely with a thick layer. Do not rub it in. Use only with the skin guarding balm provided. Wash hands immediately and thoroughly. Let process for 6-8 minutes. Leave on longer for thicker hair, but do not exceed 10 minutes. Remove hair/cream. After 6-8 minutes, gently remove cream with a tissue or cotton ball. Rinse your skin thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Warnings from packaging:

Product can cause allergic reactions and irritation. 48 hours before each use, test your skin reaction by applying small pea size amount of cream on forearm evenly. Do not rub in. After 10 minutes remove product and rinse skin. If after 48 hours there is no adverse reaction, begin using as directed. If discomfort or irritation occurs, remove product right away and rinse with cold water. If irritation persists, stop use and seek medical advice. Do not use around eyes, eyebrows, ears, nose, breast, perianal, or genital areas. If eye contact occurs, rinse right away and seek medical advice. Do not use on scars, moles, broken, irritated, sunburned, or recently shaved skin. Do not exceed 10 minutes of use or severe irritation can result. Wait 72 hours between uses. Keep out of reach of children. For external use only. Contains alkali and thioglycolate. In case of ingestion, consult a doctor right away.

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