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Veet Ready to Use Wax Strips Hair Remover for Body, Bikini & Face (old formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Veet Ready to Use Wax Strips Hair Remover for Body, Bikini & Face (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 Veet Ready to Use Wax Strips Hair Remover for Body, Bikini & Face (old formulation) is 5.

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Data last updated: July 2013

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW_MODERATE

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Contamination concerns
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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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

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)
• Contamination concerns (GLYCERYL DIESTERS)

Fair
BHA

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

Fair
BHT

• Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Fair

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

Limited

• Use restrictions (moderate)

None
CEDRUS ATLANTICA BARK EXTRACT
Appeared as: CEDRUS ATLANTICA BARK OIL

• Use restrictions (moderate)

None

Good
SILICA, AMORPHOUS
Appeared as: SILICA

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)

Limited

Good

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

None

Limited
PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS (GERANIUM) FLOWER OIL
Appeared as: PELARGONIUM GRAVEOLENS FLOWER OIL

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Wax Strips: Triethylene Glycol Rosinate, Glyceryl Rosinate, Silica, Polyethylene, Fragrance, Prunus, Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, BHA, BHT. Wipes: Mineral Oil, Hexyldecyl Stearate, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil.

Directions from packaging:

Follow the directions for use indicated on the leaflet inside the pack.

Warnings from packaging:

Follow the directions for use. Retain outer pack. Designed for use on the underarms, bikini line and face, but not suitable for use on the head, breast, perianal or genital areas or on any other body parts. Do not use on cold sores, varicose veins, scars, moles, broken, irritated, sunburnt skin or on skin that has reacted badly to waxes in the past. Check with your doctor before using if you are on any medication which can affect the skin or if you suffer from any skin related disorder. Waxing is not suitable for the elderly, diabetics or people taking oral retinoids. Before every use, test your skin reaction by applying and removing the wax (using a wipe) to a small part of the area you wish to treat, following the directions for use. If after 24 hours there is no adverse reaction, begin waxing. If you experience any stinging or tingling when waxing, remove the wax immediately with the wipes or with the back of a used strip and rinse thoroughly with water or apply a cold compress. If this sensation persists, seek medical attention. Do not wax the same area of skin twice during a waxing session. Hair should be between 1.5 mm and 5 mm long. If the hair is longer, trim it before you wax to avoid discomfort and damage to skin when waxing. After waxing we recommend waiting 24 hours before using an antiperspirant, any other perfumed product, using artificial tanning equipment, sunbathing or swimming. Waxing is suitable for pregnant women but may cause bruising. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, consult a doctor immediately and show the outer pack.

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