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Scotch Porter Hair Balm

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Scotch Porter Hair Balm product label collected on December 11, 2019 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 Scotch Porter Hair Balm is 5.

Data last updated: December 2019

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW_MODERATE

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Occupational hazards
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Neurotoxicity
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair

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

Limited

Limited
BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE
Appeared as: BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE (DERIVED FROM NATURAL COLZA) OIL

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

Limited

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

Good
GLYCERIN
Appeared as: VEGETABLE GLYCERIN

• Use restrictions (moderate)

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

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

Limited
ALTHAEA OFFICINALIS (MARSHMALLOW) ROOT
Appeared as: MARSHMALLOW ROOT

Limited
AZADIRACHTA INDICA (NEEM) LEAF
Appeared as: NEEM LEAF

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

Limited

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Neurotoxicity (low)

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: DEIONIZED WATER

Limited

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

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

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

None

Limited
ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) KERNEL OIL
Appeared as: ARGAN OIL

Limited
PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL
Appeared as: AVOCADO OIL

Limited
PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL
Appeared as: SWEET ALMOND OIL

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

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

None
AGAVE AMERICANA LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: AGAVE NECTAR

Limited
PANTHENOL
Appeared as: PANTHENOL (VITAMIN B-5)

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

Fair

Limited

Limited

Limited
HYDROXYSTEARIC ACID
Appeared as: HYDROXYSTEARIC ACID (DERIVED FROM STEARIC ACID)

Limited
EUPHORBIA CERIFERA (CANDELILLA) WAX
Appeared as: CANDELILLA WAX

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)

None

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:

Marshmallow Root, Neem Leaf, Rosemary Leaf, Chamomile Flowers, Deionized Water, Aloe Vera Juice, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Organic Coconut Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Emulsifying Wax, Argan Oil, Avocado Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Safflower Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Agave Nectar, Castor Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (Derived from Natural Colza Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Stearic Acid, Silk Protein, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxystearic Acid (Derived from Stearic Acid), Candelilla Wax, Polyglyceryl-8 Decabehenate/Decacaprate, Fragrance

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