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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.

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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

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Ingredient Name & Details

CITRUS LIMON (LEMON) PEEL OIL

Concerns: Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low), Allergies/immunotoxicity (high), Use restrictions (moderate), Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low), Ecotoxicology (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

CANANGA ODORATA FLOWER OIL

Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity (high), Use restrictions (moderate), Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

EUGENIA CARYOPHYLLUS (CLOVE) LEAF OIL

Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity (high), Use restrictions (moderate)

PHENOXYETHANOL

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

OCTOCRYLENE active ingredient 10%

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

OCTISALATE active ingredient 5%

Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (moderate)

TOCOPHERYL ACETATE

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

SODIUM BENZOATE

Concerns: Use restrictions (moderate), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

AVOBENZONE active ingredient 3%

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

GLYCERIN

Concerns: Use restrictions (moderate)

CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL

Concerns: Use restrictions (moderate)

CUPRESSUS SEMPERVIRENS (ITALIAN CYPRESS) OIL

Concerns: Use restrictions (moderate)

THUJA OCCIDENTALIS (ARBORVITAE) LEAF OIL

Concerns: Use restrictions (moderate), Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT (1)

Concerns: Use restrictions (moderate)

CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT

Concerns: Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low), Allergies/immunotoxicity (low), Neurotoxicity (low)

ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) STARCH

Concerns: Use restrictions (low), Contamination concerns (PESTICIDES)

CITRIC ACID

Concerns: Use restrictions (moderate)

ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN

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

POTASSIUM SORBATE

Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE (1)

Concerns: Cancer (moderate), Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low), Use restrictions (low)

SODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE

Concerns: Use restrictions (low)

FERULA GALBANIFLUA (FERULA GUMMOSA) RESIN OIL

Concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

JUNIPERUS MEXICANA OIL

Concerns: Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Ecotoxicology (low), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL

Concerns: Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

COCO-CAPRYLATE/CAPRATE

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

CYAMOPSIS TETRAGONOLOBA (GUAR) GUM

Concerns: Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)

GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption

SILICA, AMORPHOUS

Concerns: Persistence and bioaccumulation (high), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

SQUALANE

Concerns: Endocrine disruption (low)

ALCOHOL DENATURED

Concerns: Enhanced skin absorption, Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

 
 

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