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ORS Olive Oil No-Lye Hair Relaxer (2016 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the ORS Olive Oil No-Lye Hair Relaxer (2016 formulation) product label collected on November 01, 2016 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 ORS Olive Oil No-Lye Hair Relaxer (2016 formulation) is 8.

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Data last updated: November 2016

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW_MODERATE

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
  • 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
FRAGRANCE
Appeared as: PARFUM (FRAGRANCE)

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

Fair

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

Fair

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Endocrine disruption (low)

Fair

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

Fair

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (moderate)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

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

Limited

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (FORMALDEHYDE)

Fair

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

Good
LIMONENE
Appeared as: D-LIMONENE

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

Fair

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

Good

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Good

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

Fair

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

Limited

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

Fair

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

Fair

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

Fair

• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (PAHS)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (moderate)

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)

None

• Cancer (low)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Limited

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

Fair

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (low)

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)

Limited

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

Limited

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

Limited

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

Limited
POLYQUATERNIUM-7
Appeared as: POLYQUATERIUM-7

• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Contamination concerns (ACRYLAMIDE)

None

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

None

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

Fair

• Use restrictions (high)

None

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

Fair
FD&C YELLOW 5
Appeared as: CL 19140 (YELLOW #5)

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

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Neurotoxicity (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Limited

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

Fair

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

Fair
FD&C BLUE 1
Appeared as: CI 42090 (BLUE #1)

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

None

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

Limited

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

None

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Good

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

None

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

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Fair

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

Fair
RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL
Appeared as: RICINUS COMMUNIS SEED OIL (CASTOR)

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption

Limited

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

Limited

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

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: AQUA (WATER)

Good
MINERAL OIL
Appeared as: PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM (MINERAL OIL)

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

None

Limited

Limited

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

None

• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Limited

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

Fair
CARBOXYLIC ACID
Appeared as: CARBOXILIC ACID

Limited

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Limited

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)

Limited

Limited
CAPRIC ACID
Appeared as: CAPRIC

Limited
CAPRYLIC/ CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE
Appeared as: CAPRYLIC TRIGLYCERIDES

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)

Fair

None
SILICONE QUATERNIUM-2 PANTHENOL SUCCINATE
Appeared as: SILICONE QUATERIUM-2 PANTHENOL SUCCINATE

Fair

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

None
CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) OIL
Appeared as: CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS OIL (ORANGE)

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

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

Limited

• Enhanced skin absorption

None
PROPYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRATE
Appeared as: DICAPRATE

• Enhanced skin absorption

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

None

Limited
ANTHEMIS NOBILIS (CHAMOMILE) FLOWER EXTRACT
Appeared as: ANTHEMIS NOBILIS EXTRACT (CHAMOMILE)

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)

Limited
SALVIA OFFICINALIS (SAGE) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: SALVIA OFFICINALIS EXTRACT (SAGE)

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)

Limited
URTICA DIOICA (NETTLE) EXTRACT
Appeared as: URTICA DIOICA EXTRACT (NETTLE)

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

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)

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

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

Limited
ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM (COMMON YARROW)
Appeared as: ACHILEA MILLEFOLIUM EXTRACT (YARROW)

• Use restrictions (low)

None
ACTINIDIA CHINENSIS FRUIT JUICE
Appeared as: ACTINIDIA CHINENSIS FRUIT JUICE (KIWI)

None

Fair
FD&C YELLOW 6
Appeared as: CL 15985 (YELLOW #6)

• Use restrictions (high)

Fair
COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL
Appeared as: COCOS NUCIFERA OIL (COCONUT)

Fair

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

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)

Limited

Fair

None

Limited
GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE
Appeared as: GLYCERYL STEARATE

Fair

Fair

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

Fair
OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) OIL
Appeared as: OLIVE OIL WRAP

None

None

Limited

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Olive Oil Built-In Protection No-Lye Relaxer Base: Aqua (Water) , Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil) , Calcium Hydroxide , Acrylamide Copolymer , Ceteareth-20 , Cocodimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein , Polysorbate-60 , Olive Oil Built-In Protection No-Lye Relaxer Activator: Aqua (Water) , Guanidine Carbonate , Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo: Aqua (Water) , Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate , Ammonium Laureth Sulfate , Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate , Cocamide-MEA , Trideceth-7 Carboxilic Acid , Glycol Distearate , Laureth-10 , Sodium Laureth sulfate , Polyquaternium-10 , Polyquaterium-7 , Lauryl Glucoside , Sulfated Castor Oil , LEcithin , PPG-5-Ceteth-10 Phosphate , PEG-12 Oleate , Capric , Caprylic Triglycerides , Coco-Glucoside , Glyceryl Oleate , Cetyl Triethylmonium Dimethicone PEG-8 Succinate , Silicone Quaterium-2 Panthenol Succinate , Citric Acid , CI 42053 (Green #3) , Replenishing Pak Conditioner: Aqua (Water) , Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil , glycerin , Hydrolyzed Collagen , Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil (Orange) , Citral , Polyquaternium-37 , Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate , Dicaprate , PPG-1 Trideceth-6 , Silk Amino Acids , PEG-9 Dimethicone , Anthemis Nobilis Extract (Chamomile) , Salvia Officinalis Extract (Sage) , Urtica Dioica Extract (Nettle) , Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice , Achilea Millefolium Extract (Yarrow) , Actinidia Chinensis Fruit Juice (Kiwi) , Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans , EDTA , Cl 15985 (Yellow #6) , Cl 19140 (Yellow #5) , Olive Oil Incredibly Rich Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion: Aqua (Water) , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Sorbitol , Petrolatum , CyclopentaSiloxane , Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed OiI , Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Castor) , Cetearyl alcohol , Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate , STearic Acid , PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate , dimethicone , glyceryl Stearate , MEthylparaben , propylparaben , propylene glycol , triethanolamine , carbomer , Disodium EDTA , Bht , Parfum (Fragrance) , CI 42090 (Blue #1) , CI 19140 (Yellow #5) , Set Mousse: Aqua , Olive Oil Wrap , Polyquaternium-11 , SD Alcohol 39-C , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , TEA-Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Collagen , Quaternium-80 , Cetrimonium Chloride , panthenol , PEG-75 Lanolin , Oleth-20 , PEG-12 Dimethicone , Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive) , fragrance , benzyl alcohol , Benzyl Salicylate , Geraniol , Hexyl cinnamal , Lilial , d-limonene , linalool , Lyral , Methyl Ionone , DMDM HYDANTOIN , methylchloroisothiazolinone , methylisothiazolinone

Warnings from packaging:

THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS CALCIUM HYDROXIDE AND GUANIDINE CARBONATE. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE INSTRUCTION SHEET CONTAINED INSIDE THE KIT TO AVOID SKIN AND SCALP IRRITATION, HAIR LOSS, HAIR BREAKAGE, AND/OR EYE/EAR INJURY DO NOT APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE SCALP OR HAIRLINE. DO NOT SHAMPOO THE HAIR 24 HOURS BEFORE USING THE RELAXER, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED. DO NOT USE IF THERE HAS BEEN A REACTION TO A SIMILAR PRODUCT. AVOID CONTACT WITH EYES TO AVOID IRRITATION. CAN CAUSE BLINDNESS. IF THE PRODUCT COMES INTO CONTACT WITH THE EYES, RINSE IMMEDIATELY WITH WATER AND CONTACT A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER IF IRRITATION PERSISTS. DO NOT RUB EYES. CAUTION: THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS INGREDIENTS(S) THAT WILL CAUSE IRRITANCY REACTION WHEN IT COMES INTO CONTACT WITH THE SKIN. DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT IF SCALP IS IRRITATED OR ON BLEACHED, FROSTED, COLOR LIFTED, DAMAGED, CURLY PERMED HAIR (AMMONIUM THIOGLYCOLATE), OR PERMANENTLY COLORED OR DEMI-PERMANENTLY COLORED HAIR, THAT IS BREAKING, SPLITTING, OR OTHERWISE DAMAGED OR COLOR LIFTED WITH LIFTING BOOSTER, STRIPPED OR TREATED WITH COMPOUND HENNA OR METALLIC DYES. DO NOT USE ON HAIR THAT HAS BEEN TREATED WITH 'NATURAL RELAXERS' CONTAINING METALLIC SALTS OR AMMONIUM BISULFATE. APPLY RELAXER ONLY TO HAIR THAT HAS NOT BEEN RELAXED. IF HAIR HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY RELAXED, APPLY ONLY TO NEW GROWTH. RINSE THE SCALP AND HAIR THOROUGHLY WITH WATER AS SOON AS THE PROCESS IS COMPLETE OR IF IRRITATION OR DISCOMFORT OCCURS; AND SHAMPOO WITH ORS CREAMY ALOE SHAMPOO. IF IRRITATION PERSISTS, OR IF HAIR LOSS OCCURS, CONSULT A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER. SERIOUS INJURY MAY RESULT IF THE RELAXER IS INGESTED. IF INGESTED OR INTERNAL CONTACT OCCURS CONSULT A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER IMMEDIATELY. DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING. FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN..

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