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Esoterica Fade Cream, Nighttime (2016 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Esoterica Fade Cream, Nighttime (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 Esoterica Fade Cream, Nighttime (2016 formulation) is 8.

Data last updated: July 2016

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW_MODERATE

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is MODERATE

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Endocrine disruption
  • 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
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair

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

Good
HYDROQUINONE
Appeared as: HYDROQUINONE USP (SKIN LIGHTENER)

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

Fair

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

Robust
BHA
Appeared as: BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE

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

Fair

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

Fair

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

Fair

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

Limited

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

Limited

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

Fair
ALCOHOL ETHOXYLATES (C12)
Appeared as: LAURETH-23

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

Limited

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

Limited

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

Fair

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

Good
CITRIC ACID
Appeared as: ANHYDROUS CITRIC ACID

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: , PURIFIED WATER

Limited
GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE
Appeared as: GLYCERYL STEARATE

Fair

Good
MINERAL OIL
Appeared as: LIGHT MINERAL OIL

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

Limited

Limited

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

Limited
PROPYLENE GLYCOL STEARATE
Appeared as: PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONOSTEARATE

Fair
DISODIUM EDTA
Appeared as: EDETATE DISODIUM

• Enhanced skin absorption

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: Hydroquinone USP 2% (Skin Lightener). Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Glyceryl Stearate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Light Mineral Oil, Ozokerite, Propylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, PEG-150 Stearate, Poloxamer 188, Propylene Glycol Monostearate, Steareth-20, Laureth-23, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Anhydrous Citric Acid, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Dimethicone, Propylparaben, Edetate Disodium, Butylated Hydroxyanisole

Directions from packaging:

Apply a small amount as a thin layer to affected areas twice daily or as drecited by a doctor. For sensitive skin, test overnight on small area (inside elbow). If no improvement is seen after 3 months of treatment, discontinue use. On very dark skin, lightening effect may not be noticeable. Sun exposure should be limited by using a sunscreen agent, a sun blocking agent, or protective clothing to cover bleached skin when using and after using this product in order to prevent darkening from reoccuring.

Warnings from packaging:

For external use only. Do not use:On inflamed or broken skinFor prevention of sunburnAs sunscreenOn children under 12 years of age unless directed by a physicianAsk a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking products containing resorcinol, phenol, or salicylic acid. When using this product:Avoid contact with eyesMild skin irritation may occur, If skin irritation becomes severe, stop use and consult a doctorLimit sun exposureIf pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a healthcare professional before use. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed get medical help or contact a poison control center right away..

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