Find products and ingredients Learn how Skin Deep® works Meet our experts Discover EWG VERIFIED™
Product score: 06

Data Availability:

Limited

Boots Retinol Eye Cream

Boots Retinol Eye Cream

WHERE TO BUY

CATEGORY

Around Eye Cream

BRAND

Boots

DATA LAST UPDATED

July 2021

Ingredient concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • MODERATE
    Cancer
  • MODERATE
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • HIGH
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • HIGH
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient scores

Ingredients are scored based on their formulation and concentration in this product. Click on an ingredient for more information.

Ingredient score: 09
RETINOL (VITAMIN A)
Appeared as: RETINOL
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 05
BHA
Data Availability: Robust
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, fragrance ingredient, masking
CONCERNS • Cancer (moderate)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 04
PHENOXYETHANOL
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, preservative
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Occupational hazards (high)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 04
METHYLPARABEN
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, preservative
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (moderate)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 04
SODIUM HYDROXIDE
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) denaturant, ph adjuster, buffering
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 03
DIMETHICONE
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) antifoaming agent, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, skin protectant, antifoaming, emollient, skin conditioning, skin protecting
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 03
PEG-100 STEARATE
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) surfactant - cleansing agent
CONCERNS • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 03
TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 03
CHLORPHENESIN
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) cosmetic biocide, antimicrobial, preservative
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 03
POLYSORBATE-80
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) denaturant, fragrance ingredient, surfactant - emulsifying agent, surfactant - solubilizingagent, emulsifying, surfactant
CONCERNS • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 03
POLYSORBATE-20
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, surfactant - emulsifying agent, surfactant - solubilizing agent
CONCERNS • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 03
BHT
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, fragrance ingredient, masking
CONCERNS • Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 02
GLYCERIN
Data Availability: Good
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) denaturant, fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, humectant, oral care agent;oral health care drug, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, skin protectant, viscosity decreasing agent, perfuming, solvent
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (moderate)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 02
CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) surfactant - emulsifying agent, emulsifying, surfactant
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 02
ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) deodorant agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 02
HYDROGENATED LECITHIN
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, surfactant - emulsifying agent, suspending agent- nonsurfactant, emulsifying, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
WATER
Appeared as: AQUA (WATER)
Data Availability: Robust
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) solvent
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
BUTYLENE GLYCOL
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, solvent, viscositydecreasing agent, humectant, masking, skin conditioning, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - emollient, emollient, perfuming
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
CAPRYLIC/ CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, viscosityincreasing agent - nonaqueous, skin conditioning, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE
Appeared as: GLYCERYL STEARATE
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - emollient, surfactant - emulsifying agent, emollient, emulsifying
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, skin protectant, emollient, masking, skin conditioning, skin protecting
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
CETEARYL ALCOHOL
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) emulsion stabilizer, opacifying agent, surfactant - foam booster, viscosity increasingagent - aqueous, viscosity increasing agent - nonaqueous, emollient, emulsifying, emulsion stabilising, foam boosting, opacifying, surfactant, viscosity controlling
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
CARBOMER
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) emulsion stabilizer, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, emulsion stabilising, gel forming, viscosity controlling
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
PENTYLENE GLYCOL
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) solvent, skin conditioning
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM ACRYLATE/ SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER
Data Availability: None
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) anticaking agent, emulsion stabilizer, opacifying agent, suspending agent - nonsurfactant;viscosity increasing agent - nonaqueous
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
XANTHAN GUM
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) binder, emulsion stabilizer, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, surfactant -emulsifying agent, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, binding, emulsifying, emulsion stabilising, gel forming, skin conditioning, surfactant, viscosity controlling
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
ISOHEXADECANE
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - emollient, solvent, emollient, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM HYALURONATE
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, humectant, skin conditioning
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
DISODIUM EDTA
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) chelating agent, chelating, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Enhanced skin absorption
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
PALMITOYL HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM AMYLOPECTIN/ GLYCERIN CROSSPOLYMER
Data Availability: None
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
1,2-HEXANEDIOL
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) solvent
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - emollient, emollient, hair conditioning, humectant, skin conditioning
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
SORBITAN OLEATE
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, surfactant - emulsifying agent, emulsifying
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT

Ingredients from packaging:

AQUA (WATER), GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA) BUTTER, PEG-100 STEARATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, THEOBROMA CACAO (COCOA) SEED BUTTER, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, CARBOMER, PHENOXYETHANOL, METHYLPARABEN, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, XANTHAN GUM, TOCOPHERYLACETATE, CETEARYL GLUCOSIDE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CHLORPHENESIN, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, ISOHEXADECANE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, RETINOL, DISODIUM EDTA, PALMITOYL HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM AMYLOPECTIN/GLYCERIN CROSSPOLYMER, POLYSORBATE 80, POLYSORBATE 20, 1,2-HEXANEDIOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, SORBITAN OLEATE, HYDROGENATED LECITHIN, BHT, BHA.

Product's animal testing policies

Some cosmetics companies have taken People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Leaping Bunny animal-testing pledges. For consumers who are concerned about companies’ policies on animal testing, Skin Deep reports this information.


Unknown

Leading international certifiers PETA and Leaping Bunny have no information concerning this company’s use of animal testing.

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED™ mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

Score legend

Data availability

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

NONE LIMITED FAIR GOOD ROBUST
Low Availability
Moderate Availability
High Availability

More around-eye cream

VIEW ALL around-eye cream

EWG research
on the go

Find personal care, cleaning, and food products on the EWG Healthy Living app.

DOWNLOAD THE APP