Chromium Oxide Greens

EWG Level: 2-3

Chromium Oxide Greens is synthesized from mineral sources. This ingredient contains trivalent chromium, a form of chromium that functions as an essential trace element in human metabolism. Color additives are classified as straight colors, lakes, and mixtures. Straight colors are color additives that have not been mixed or chemically reacted with any other substance. In cosmetics and personal care products, Chromium Oxide Greens is used in the formulation of makeup, hair coloring products, cleansing products, bath products, nail polish and skin care products.

Funtions: Colorant; HAIR DYEING

Concerns, “Violation of government restrictions – Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions – (only for products for use on the lips)” (FDA)

Ecological Concerns, “Persistent or bioaccumulative and moderate to high toxicity concern in humans” (Environment Canada Domestic Substance List)

“Suspected nano-scale ingredients with potential to absorb into the skin” (Nanomaterial Database)


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