Xylene

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CLASSIFICATION

CAS No: 68650-36-2. XYLENE or ortho-lean.; and "Synonym(s): BENZENE, DIMETHYL; BENZENE, DIMETHYL-; DIMETHYL- BENZENE; DIMETHYLBENZENE; META-XYLENE; TOTAL XYLENE; TOTAL XYLENES; XYLENE (MIXED) ; XYLENES; XYLENES (TOTAL) ; BENZENE, DIMETHYL-. Fragrance Ingredient; Solvent; MASKING; PERFUMING" - EWG

HOW IS IT USED?

Xylene can be hidden in the term, 'Fragrance or Perfum' on the ingredient label and used in almost every product from deodorants to skincare, bath and body, baby care, oral care and more.

RESEARCH - WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY

WHAT IS XYLENE?

  • Xylene is a synthetic musk fragrance that mimics natural musk, but is man made with synthetic chemicals. It is not natural. “The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label,” reports EWG.

  • "Xylene is a known to be irritating to the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. Also causes dizziness , nausea and drowsiness; chronic dermatitis, kidney/liver/peripheral nerve damage." Mysafetylabels.com

"Avoiding the dangers of synthetic scents is crucial. It’s something I need you to share with your family and friends. When a company puts “fragrance” on the label, don’t be tricked. This is a catch-all term actually can stand for thousands of different ingredients (literally, at least 3,000). And when you use a product containing “fragrance” or “parfum,” all of those mysterious ingredients are absorbed right into your bloodstream. These ingredients are predominantly made from chemicals and are just outright toxic for your health in so many ways."

  • Fragrances are found in most cosmetic products including makeup, skincare creams, lotions and serums, hair care, shampoo and conditioners, scented candles and air fresheners, personal care like deodorant, soap and sunscreen, and of course perfumes, colognes and body sprays.

  • The most vulnerable are pregnant women, infants and children.

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