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Herbal Essences Deep Red Color Me Vibrant Hair Dye (old formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Herbal Essences Deep Red Color Me Vibrant Hair Dye (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 Herbal Essences Deep Red Color Me Vibrant Hair Dye (old formulation) is 10.

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

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Fair
P-PHENYLENEDIAMINE
Appeared as: P-PHENYLENEDIMAINE

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

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Neurotoxicity (low)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Good

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

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Limited

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Limited

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

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Good

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (COCAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, 3-DIMETHYLAMINOPROPYLAMINE, and NITROSAMINES)

Fair

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

None

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

None

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

Fair

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

Limited

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

Fair

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair

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

None

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Limited

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

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair
FD&C YELLOW 5
Appeared as: YELLOW 5

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

Fair

• Use restrictions (high)

Limited

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

Limited

• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Limited

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

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

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (METHACRYLIC ACID, ACRYLIC ACID, and 2-ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE)

Fair
ETIDRONIC ACID
Appeared as: ETRIDRONIC ACID

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Fair
CAMELLIA SINENSIS (GREEN TEA) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)

Robust

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

None

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

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

Limited

Fair

Fair
ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C)
Appeared as: ASCORBIC ACID

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

• Cancer (low)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)

Limited
ROSA CANINA (DOG ROSE) FRUIT EXTRACT
Appeared as: ROSA CANINA FRUIT EXTRACT

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited
NUTMEG EXTRACT
Appeared as: MYRISTICA FRAGRANS (NUTMEG) EXTRACT

Limited

Limited

Limited

None

Limited
GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE
Appeared as: GLYCERYL STEARATE

Limited

Limited
STEARAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE
Appeared as: STEARAMIDOPROPY DIMETHYLAMINE

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

Limited

Limited

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

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

• Cancer (low)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)

Limited
TRIFOLIUM PRATENSE (RED CLOVER) EXTRACT
Appeared as: TRIFOLIUM PARATENSE (CLOVER) FLOWER EXTRACT

Fair
CARTHAMNUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) OIL
Appeared as: CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL

Limited
VERBENA OFFICINALIS (VERVAIN) EXTRACT
Appeared as: VERBENA OFFICINALIS EXTRACT

Limited

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Fair

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Unknown

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Colorfused Gel: Water, Ethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, C11-15 Pareth-9, Soytrimonium Chloride, C12-15 Pareth-3, Ethoxydiglycol, Oleth-5, Oleth-2, 4-Amino-2-Hydroxytoluene, Dilinoleic Acid, Fragrance, 1-Hydroxyethyl 4,5-Diamino Pyrazole Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Oleic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, 1-Naphthol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Oleamide Mipa, Oleth-10, Sodium Sulfite, Edta, Polysorbate 20, P-Aminophenol, Resorcinol, P-Phenylenedimaine. Developing CrèMe: Water, Hydrogen Peroxide, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearamidopropy Dimethylamine, Peg-75 Lanolin, Ceteareth-20, Polysorbate 60, Oleth-10, Oleth-2, Etridronic Acid, Simethicone. Color-Amplifying Conditioner: Water, Amodimethicone, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Trifolium Paratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Verbena Officinalis Extract, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Panthenol, Glutamic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Edta, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 5, Green 3.

Warnings from packaging:

Hair Color Products Can Cause Allergic Reactions Which In Rare Cases Can Be Severe. Tattoos May Increase Your Risk of Allergy to This Product. Conduct A Skin Allergy Test 48 Hours Before Each Time You Color Even If You Have Already Used Coloring Products Before. So Remember to Buy The Product 48 Hours In Advance. Do Not Use This Product At All If: You Have Already Experienced Any Reaction to Hair Color Products; You Have Sensitive, Irritated Or Damaged Scalp. In These Cases, Consult A Doctor Before Dyeing Your Hair With Any Hair Color Product. Read and Follow The Instructions On Enclosed Leaflet. In Rare Cases, Use of Hair Colorants Has Been Associated With Skin Depigmentation (Skin Lightening Or Loss of Color). This May Be Temporary Or Permanent. If You Notice Any Skin Depigmentation Or Other Allergic Reactions Such As Pain Or Severe Itching, Discontinue Use Immediately. This Product Contains Ingredients Which May Cause Skin Irritation On Certain Individuals and A Preliminary Test According to Accompanying Directions Should First Be Made. This Product Must Not Be Used On Dyeing The Eyelashes Or Eyebrows; to Do So May Cause Blindness. Product Not Intended to Be Used On Children. Keep Out of Reach of Children.

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