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Paul Penders Aqualuna Illuminating Cream

EWG scientists reviewed the Paul Penders Aqualuna Illuminating Cream product label collected on February 26, 2018 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. Paul Penders Aqualuna Illuminating Cream is EWG VERIFIED™.

Data last updated: February 2018

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW_MODERATE

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
MODERATE
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Occupational hazards
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Endocrine disruption
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Good
TITANIUM DIOXIDE (SUNSCREEN GRADE)
Appeared as: TITANIUM DIOXIDE

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
• Occupational hazards (high)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

Good

• Cancer (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: AQUA*

Limited

Limited

• Cancer (low)
Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)

Limited

Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)

None

Limited
SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL
Appeared as: SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) OIL

Limited

None
RICE FERMENT FILTRATE (SAKE)
Appeared as: SAKE (RICE) FERMENT FILTRATE

Limited
TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) GERM OIL
Appeared as: TRITICUM VULGARE GERM (WHEATGERM) OIL

Limited
LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) OIL
Appeared as: ESSENTIAL OIL OF LAVENDER OFFICINALIS (LAVENDER)

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)

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

Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)

Limited

Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)
Contamination concerns (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)

None
MATRICARIA RECUTITA (GERMAN CHAMOMILE) EXTRACT
Appeared as: MATRICARIA RECUTITA (CHAMOMILE) FLOWER EXTRACT

• Enhanced skin absorption

Fair

Limited
ANGELICA ARCHANGELICA
Appeared as: ANGELICA ARCHANGELICA POWDER** (ANGELICA)

Limited
ARNICA MONTANA (ARNICA) FLOWER
Appeared as: ARNICA MONTANA FLOWER POWDER** (ARNICA)

Limited
CALENDULA OFFICINALIS (POT MARIGOLD) FLOWER
Appeared as: CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER POWDER** (CALENDULA)

Limited
MATRICARIA RECUTITA (GERMAN CAMOMILE)
Appeared as: MATRICARIA RECUTITA FLOWER POWDER** (CHAMOMILE)

Limited
SAMBUCUS NIGRA (ELDER) FLOWER
Appeared as: SAMBUCUS NIGRA FLOWER POWDER** (ELDERFLOWER)

Limited
ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT POWDER
Appeared as: ZINGIBER OFFICINALIS ROOT POWDER** (GINGER)

Limited
PANAX QUINQUEFOLIUM ROOT EXTRACT
Appeared as: PANAX QUINQUEFOLIUM ROOT POWDER** (GINSENG)

Limited
LONICERA JAPONICA (HONEYSUCKLE)
Appeared as: LONICERA JAPONICA POWDER** (HONEYSUCKLE)

Limited
HUMULUS LUPULUS (HOPS)
Appeared as: HUMULUS LUPULUS POWDER** (HOPS)

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)

Limited
EQUISETUM ARVENSE (HORSETAIL)
Appeared as: EQUISETUM HYEMALE POWDER** (HORSETAIL)

Limited
JUNIPERUS COMMUNIS (JUNIPER) BERRY
Appeared as: JUNIPERUS COMMUNIS FRUIT POWDER** (JUNIPER)

Limited
LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER)
Appeared as: LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA FLOWER POWDER** (LAVENDER)

Fair
MELISSA OFFICINALIS (LEMON BALM)
Appeared as: MELISSA OFFICINALIS LEAF POWDER** (LEMON BALM)

Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Limited
URTICA DIOICA (NETTLE)
Appeared as: URTICA DIOICA POWDER** (NETTLE)

Limited
CENTELLA ASIATICA (GOTU KOLA)
Appeared as: CENTELLA ASIATICA POWDER** (PENNYWORT)

Limited
MENTHA PIPERITA (PEPPERMINT) LEAF
Appeared as: MENTHA PIPERITA LEAF POWDER** (PEPPERMINT)

• Enhanced skin absorption
Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)

Limited
ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS (ROSEMARY)
Appeared as: ROSEMARINUS OFFICINALIS POWDER** (ROSEMARY)

Limited
SALVIA OFFICINALIS (SAGE)
Appeared as: SALVIA OFFICINALIS POWDER** (SAGE)

Fair
HYPERICUM PERFORATUM (ST. JOHN'S WORT)
Appeared as: HYPERICUM PERFORATUM POWDER** (ST. JOHN'S WORT)

Fair
CURCUMA LONGA (TURMERIC) ROOT POWDER
Appeared as: CURCUMA LONGA ROOT POWDER** (TURMERIC)

Limited
HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL)
Appeared as: HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA POWDER** (WITCH HAZEL)

Limited
ACHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM (COMMON YARROW)
Appeared as: ARCHILLEA MILLEFOLIUM POWDER** (YARROW)

Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)

Limited
PINUS PINASTER (MARITIME PINE) BARK EXTRACT
Appeared as: PINUS PINASTER (PYCNOGENOL)

Limited
LINUM USITATISSIMUM (FLAX) OIL
Appeared as: LINUM USITATISSIMUN (LINSEED) SEED OIL

Limited
TOCOTRIENOLS
Appeared as: PHYTO-TOCOTRIENOL (VITAMIN E)

Limited
ANANAS SATIVUS (PINEAPPLE) FRUIT JUICE
Appeared as: ANANAS COMOSUS (BROMELAIN) EXTRACT

Fair
PAPAIN
Appeared as: CARICA PAPAYA (PAPAIN) EXTRACT

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

Fair
UBIQUINONE
Appeared as: UBIQUINONE (COENZYME Q10)

Limited
OCTANOHYDROXAMIC ACID
Appeared as: CAPRYLHYDROXAMATIC ACID (AMINO ACID)

Limited

• Enhanced skin absorption

Good

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Aqua*, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) extract, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf extract, Cetearyl olivate, Sorbitan olivate, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil, Titanium dioxide, Alumina simethicone, Sake (Rice ferment filtrate), Triticum vulgare germ (Wheatgerm) oil, Essential oil of Lavender officinalis (Lavender), Camelia sinensis (Green tea) extract, Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) seed extract, Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) flower extract, Xanthan gum, Angelica archangelica (Angelica) powder**, Arnica montana (Arnica) flower powder**, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) flower powder**, Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) flower powder**, Sambucus nigra (Elderflower) flower powder**, Zingiber officinalis (Ginger) root powder**, Panax quinquefolium (Ginseng) root powder**, Lonicera japonica (Honeysuckle) powder**, Humulus lupulus (Hops) powder**, Equisetum hyemale (Horsetail) powder**, Juniperus communis (Juniper) fruit powder**, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) flower powder**, Melissa officinalis (Lemon balm) leaf powder**, Urtica dioica (Nettle) powder**, Centella asiatica (Pennywort) powder**, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) leaf powder**, Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary) powder**, Salvia officinalis (Sage) powder**, Hypericum perforatum (St. John's wort) powder**, Curcuma longa (Turmeric) root powder**, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch hazel) powder**, Archillea millefolium (Yarrow) powder**, Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol), Linum usitatissimun (Linseed) seed oil, Phyto-tocotrienol (Vitamin E), Ananas comosus (Bromelain) extract, Carica papaya (Papain) extract, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Caprylhydroxamatic acid (amino acid), Glyceryl caprylate(1); *Limonene *Coumarin, *Linalool, *Geraniol

Directions from packaging:

Use on clean and dry skin. Apply where needed once or twice a day. Allow cream to dry before applying moisturizer. Allow several weeks for results to appear.

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