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Biossance Squalane + Mineral, SPF 45

EWG scientists reviewed the Biossance Squalane + Mineral, SPF 45 product label collected on April 03, 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. Biossance Squalane + Mineral, SPF 45 is EWG VERIFIED™.

Data last updated: April 2018

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is LOW

Other Ingredient Concerns

MODERATE
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Occupational hazards
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
Contamination concerns (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)

Good
TITANIUM DIOXIDE (SUNSCREEN GRADE)
Appeared as: TITANIUM DIOXIDE

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

Good
ZINC OXIDE (SUNSCREEN GRADE > 100NM)
Appeared as: ZINC OXIDE

• Cancer (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Occupational hazards (moderate)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

Robust

Limited

Limited

• Endocrine disruption (low)

Limited
POLYGLYCERIN-3
Appeared as: POLYGLYCERYL-3 SORBITYL LINSEEDATE

Limited

Limited

Use restrictions (meets restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Limited

Good

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

None

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

None
THERMUS THERMOPHILLUS FERMENT
Appeared as: THERMUS THERMOPHILUS FERMENT

None

Limited

Robust

Limited

None

Limited
CARAMEL COLOR
Appeared as: CARAMEL

Limited

Limited

Limited

None

Limited

Limited

• Enhanced skin absorption

None

Limited
CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA (BITTER ORANGE) FLOWER EXTRACT
Appeared as: CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA FLOWER EXTRACT (BITTER ORANGE)

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

Limited
ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT EXTRACT
Appeared as: ZINGIBER OFFICINALE ROOT EXTRACT (GINGER)

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)

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: Titanium Dioxide 4.069%, Zinc Oxide 7%, Inactive Ingredients: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Polyglyceryl-3 Sorbityl Linseedate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Glycerin, Styrene/ Acrylates Copolymer, Thermus Thermophilus Ferment, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sodium Chloride, Hydroxyacetophenone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Saccharide Isomerate, Caramel, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Bisabolol, Benzylidene Dimethoxydimethylindanone, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract

Directions from packaging:

Add one pump to fingertips, then massage them together to warm the product. Use three fingertips to spread gently across face and neck.

Warnings from packaging:

Uses • Helps prevent sunburn • If used as directed with other sun protection measures (see Directions), decreases the risk of skin cancer & early signs of aging caused by the sun. W a r n i n g s • For external use only • Do not use on damaged or broken skin. • Stop use and ask a doctor if rash occurs. • When using this product keep out of eyes. Rinse with water to remove. • Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a poison control center right away. Directions • Apply liberally and evenly to face and neck 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply: • After 80 minutes of swimming or sweating. Immediately after towel drying. • At least every 2 hours. • Sun Protection Measures. Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a broad spectrum value of SPF 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including: • Limit time in the sun, especially from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. • Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses • Children under 6 months of age: Ask a doctor. Other Information • Protect this product from excessive heat and direct sun • May stain some fabrics.

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