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Blistex Nurture and Nourish Lip Protectant, SPF 15 (2016 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Sunscreen Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Blistex Nurture and Nourish Lip Protectant, SPF 15 (2016 formulation) product label collected on July 02, 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 Blistex Nurture and Nourish Lip Protectant, SPF 15 (2016 formulation) is 5.

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Data last updated: July 2016

EWG's Sunscreen Findings

  • Based on our modeling this product provides POOR UVA protection and a MODERATE balance of UVA protection in relation to the SPF.
  • Based on EWG's modeling this product would likely fail the FDA proposed UVA test.
  • Contains oxybenzone, a hormone disrupting chemical. Read more
  • The FDA does not have enough health & safety data to classify all of the active ingredients as safe & effective.
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Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW_MODERATE

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Occupational hazards
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Contamination concerns
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Good
OXYBENZONE
Appeared as: OXYBENZONE (W/W) (SUNSCREEN)

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

Fair
OCTINOXATE
Appeared as: OCTINOXATE (W/W) (SUNSCREEN)

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

Fair
UNSPECIFIED FLAVOR
Appeared as: FLAVOR

Fair

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

Limited

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

Limited
DIMETHICONE
Appeared as: DIMETHICONE (W/W) (LIP PROTECTANT)

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

Fair

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

Fair

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

Limited

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

Fair

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Fair

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

Limited

Limited

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

Limited

Limited

None
LYCIUM CHINENSE FRUIT EXTRACT
Appeared as: LYCIUM CHINENSE (GOJI) FRUIT EXTRACT

Limited
MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX (CERA MICROCRISTALLINA)
Appeared as: MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

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

Limited

Limited

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

Fair

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

None

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

None

None

Limited

• Endocrine disruption (low)

Limited

Fair

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:

Active Ingredients: Dimethicone 2.0% (w/w) (Lip Protectant), Octinoxate 7.5% (w/w) (Sunscreen), Oxybenzone 2.5% (w/w) (Sunscreen). Inactive Ingredients: Beeswax, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Flavor, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Jojoba Esters, Lanolin Alcohol, Lycium Chinense (Goji) Fruit Extract, Microcrystalline Wax, Octyldodecanol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ozokerite, Petrolatum, Phenoxyethanol, Polybutene, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Saccharin, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Potassium Ferment, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, Sorbic Acid, Squalane, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil

Directions from packaging:

Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply at least every 2 hours. Use a water resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Children under 6 months of age: Ask a doctor. Protect the product from excessive heat & direct sun.

Warnings from packaging:

Skin Cancer/ Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer & early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging. For external use only. Do not use on damaged or broken skin. When using this product keep out of eyes. Rinse with water to remove. Stop use & ask a doctor if rash occurs. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

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