Benzyl hemiformal

SCA endorses products with the Allergy Certified logo that restrict the use of benzyl hemiformal to 0.2% or less. *SCA does not endorse baby products that contain benzyl hemiformal. “Applied locally on the skin or mucous membranes of experimental animals, BHF is an irritant. A 0.2 % aqueous solution, however, produced no irritation in 24 hours.” - www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com

CLASSIFICATION

CAS No: 14548-60-8. Other Names: Methanol, (phenylmethoxy)- benzyl hemiformal (phenylmethoxy)methanol (benzyloxy)methanol

WHAT IS IT & HOW IS IT USED?

Benzyl hemiformal is a formaldehyde-releaser that is found in cosmetics, hair products and makeup removers, oils, glues, adhesive and binding agents, paper products, textiles, polishes, waxes, detergents, and soaps; pesticides and bacteriacides. "contact allergies may be triggered by this substance or by cross reactions from the formaldehyde"- ContactDermatitisInstitute

Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring substance made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Humans produce about 1.5 ounces of formaldehyde a day as a normal part of our metabolism. Inhaled formaldehyde is rapidly metabolized and ultimately converted to carbon dioxide and exhaled. Formaldehyde does not accumulate in the body.” - download the fact sheet by AmericanChemistry.com

RESEARCH - WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY?

  • "Benzylhemiformal is found in oils, glues, adhesives, paper products, textiles, polishes, waxes, detergents, soaps, and make-up remover. It is a formaldehyde-releaser and contact allergies may be triggered by this substance or by cross reactions from the formaldehyde." - Contact Dermatitis Institute

  • International EU; restrited to 0.2%

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