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Alba Botanica Hydration Sensation Water Gel, SPF 18

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Top Findings

Overall this product scores well and is a top choice for sun protection. Read more

Based on our modeling this product provides GOOD UVA protection and a GOOD 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.

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

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Ingredients

Ingredients from label Active Ingredients: Octocrylene 10%, Octisalate 5%, Avobenzone 3%, Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Coconut Alkanes, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (1), Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Ferula Galbaniflua (Galbanum) Resin Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Thuja Occidentalis (Cedarleaf) Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (1), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (1), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Liquid Endosperm, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Tocopheryl Acetate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Citric Acid, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum (1), Glyceryl Caprylate, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Lysolecithin, Pullulan, Sclerotium Gum, Silica, Sodium Anisate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Levulinate, Squalane, Triethyl Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol (1), Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Amyl Cinnamal, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

Score

Data Availability

Ingredient Name & Details

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

AVOBENZONE active ingredient 3%

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

WATER

Concerns: none identified

COCONUT ALKANES

Concerns: none identified

GLYCERIN

Concerns: Use restrictions

ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) LEAF JUICE

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

SODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE

Concerns: Use restrictions

CANANGA ODORATA (YLANG YLANG) FLOWER OIL

Concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources, Allergies/immunotoxicity

CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) PEEL OIL

Concerns: Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation, Use restrictions

EUCALYPTUS GLOBULUS

Concerns: none identified

EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS (CLOVE) LEAF OIL

Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions

FERULA GALBANIFLUA (FERULA GUMMOSA) RESIN OIL

Concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources

JUNIPERUS MEXICANA OIL

Concerns: Ecotoxicology, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

LAVANDULA HYBRIDA (LAVANDIN) OIL

Concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources

POGOSTEMON CABLIN (PATCHOULI) OIL

Concerns: none identified

THUJA OCCIDENTALIS (ARBORVITAE) LEAF OIL

Concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources, Use restrictions

CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT

Concerns: Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Neurotoxicity

COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) FRUIT JUICE

Concerns: none identified

COCONUT

Concerns: none identified

ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) STARCH

Concerns: Contamination concerns (PESTICIDES), Use restrictions

TOCOPHERYL ACETATE

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

BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1

Concerns: none identified

CITRIC ACID

Concerns: Use restrictions

COCO-CAPRYLATE/ CAPRATE

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Use restrictions

CYAMOPSIS TETRAGONOLOBA (GUAR) GUM

Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity

GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption

HYALURONIC ACID

Concerns: none identified

HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID

Concerns: none identified

HYDROLYZED JOJOBA ESTERS

Concerns: none identified

LYSOLECITHIN

Concerns: none identified

PULLULAN

Concerns: none identified

SCLEROTIUM GUM

Concerns: none identified

SILICA, AMORPHOUS

Concerns: none identified

SODIUM ANISATE

Concerns: none identified

SODIUM CHLORIDE

Concerns: none identified

SODIUM HYALURONATE

Concerns: none identified

SODIUM LEVULINATE

Concerns: none identified

SQUALANE

Concerns: Endocrine disruption

TRIETHYL CITRATE

Concerns: none identified

XANTHAN GUM

Concerns: none identified

ALCOHOL DENATURED

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

ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN

Concerns: Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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

AMYLCINNAMALDEHYDE

Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity

GERANIOL

Concerns: Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity

LIMONENE

Concerns: Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Use restrictions

LINALOOL

Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity

 
 

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