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Nair Hair Remover Sensitive Formula (old formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Nair Hair Remover Sensitive Formula (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 Nair Hair Remover Sensitive Formula (old formulation) is 5.

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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

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • 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

• 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

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

Robust

Good

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

Good
SILICA, AMORPHOUS
Appeared as: SILICA

Limited
CAMELLIA OLEIFERA (TEA-OIL CAMELLIA) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: CAMELLIA OLEIFERA LEAF EXTRACT

Limited

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

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Water, Mineral Oil, Calcium Thioglycolate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Calcium Hydroxide, Ceteareth-20, Sodium Hydroxide, Silica, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance.

Directions from packaging:

Read the warnings section before use. Apply Cream: Skin must be dry before application. Dispense cream onto blue side of the dry sponge and apply evenly. Repeat until the entire area where hair to be removed is covered. Make sure unwanted hair is completely covered with cream. Do not rub in. Hang sponge on hook in the tub/shower or place with the white side of the sponge down near tub/shower. Wait at least 1 minute before showering. Shower: Step into the shower and follow your usual routine. The cream will resist wash off, but a small amount of wash off is not unusual. For optimum product performance, keep skin where cream has been applied away from direct stream of water. Make sure the cream stays on your skin for at least an additional 3 minutes while in the shower. Do not exceed 10 minutes of total application time. Remove/Rinse: Total hair removal depends on hair thickness. Rinse the sponge and use the white side to remove the cream together with the hair in a small area. If the hair comes off easily, remove the rest of the cream by massaging in a circular motion. If the hair does not come off, leave the cream on longer without exceeding 10 minutes of total application time. Once the cream and hair have been removed, rinse your skin thoroughly under the shower. Do not rub. Pat dry gently. Rinse the sponge. Keep the tube closed when not in use.

Warnings from packaging:

Do not use if you have exposed an adverse reaction to hair removal lotion or cream in the past. Irritation or allergic reaction may occur with some people, even after prior use without adverse effect. Therefore, test before each use by applying product to a small part of the area where hair is to be removed. Follow directions and wait 24 hours. If skin appears normal, proceed with full application. Do not use on irritated, sunburned, inflamed or broken skin. If irritation occurs during use, remove the product and rinse area with cold water. If irritation persists, consult your physician. Product can be used on arms, underarms, legs and bikini area. Do not use on face, around eyes, in nose, in ears, on breast nipples, perianal or vaginal/genital areas. Product may cause surfaces to become slippery. Avoid product contact with other personal/bath items. Clean immediately in case of accidental contact with the cream. Keep out of reach of children.

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