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Alba Botanica Sensitive Sheer Shield Sunscreen Lotion, Fragrance Free, SPF 50+

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About the Product In-depth knowledge about this product

New Findings!

Based on EWG's modeling this product would likely pass the FDA proposed UVA test.

The FDA does not have enough health and safety data to classify 3 active ingredients in this product as safe and effective: AVOBENZONE, OCTISALATE, OCTOCRYLENE

Top Findings

Overall this product poses a moderate concern for sun protection or ingredient safety. Read more

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Based on our modeling this product provides MODERATE UVA protection and a MODERATE balance of UVA protection in relation to the SPF.

The ingredients in this product pose a MODERATE health concern.

Don't depend on sunscreen alone! Shade and clothing offer much better skin protection. Read more

Sunscreens can break down while still in the bottle. To be safe dispose of products when the mixture clumps or separates.

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Ingredients

Ingredients from label Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3.0%, Octocrylene 10.0%, Octyl Salicylate 5.0%, Inactive Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Aqua (Water), Stearyl/Octyldodecyl Citrate Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, C14-22 Alcohols, Mica, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Potassium Hydroxide, Quartz, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate

Score

Data Availability

Ingredient Name & Details

AVOBENZONE active ingredient 3%

Concerns: Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (BENZOIC ACID, 4-T-BUTYLBENZOIC ACID, BENZALDEHYDE, P-ANISIC ACID, ACETOPHENONE, DIBENZOYLMETHANE), Use restrictions

OCTOCRYLENE active ingredient 10%

Concerns: Biochemical or cellular level changes, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Persistence and bioaccumulation, Use restrictions

OCTISALATE active ingredient 5%

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions

ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) GEL

Concerns: Cancer, Data gaps, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Use restrictions

COCO-CAPRYLATE/ CAPRATE

Concerns: Use restrictions

WATER

Concerns: none identified

GLYCERIN

Concerns: Use restrictions

GLYCERYL STEARATE SE

Concerns: none identified

SHEA BUTTER ETHYL ESTERS

Concerns: none identified

C14-22 ALCOHOLS

Concerns: none identified

MICA

Concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation

POLYGLYCERYL-10 PENTASTEARATE

Concerns: Use restrictions

ARGANIA SPINOSA (ARGAN) KERNEL OIL

Concerns: none identified

SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL

Concerns: none identified

COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) FRUIT JUICE

Concerns: none identified

COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) WATER

Concerns: none identified

TOCOPHERYL ACETATE

Concerns: Cancer, Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

ETHANOL

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

BEHENYL ALCOHOL

Concerns: none identified

C12-20 ALKYL GLUCOSIDE

Concerns: Use restrictions

BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1

Concerns: none identified

CITRIC ACID

Concerns: Use restrictions

GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption

POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE

Concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards, Use restrictions

SILICA, CRYSTALLINE (QUARTZ)

Concerns: none identified

SODIUM ANISATE

Concerns: none identified

SODIUM LEVULINATE

Concerns: none identified

SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE

Concerns: Ecotoxicology

XANTHAN GUM

Concerns: none identified

ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN

Concerns: Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

PHENOXYETHANOL

Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards, Use restrictions

POTASSIUM SORBATE

Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

SODIUM BENZOATE

Concerns: Data gaps, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions

 
 

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