SCA endorses products with the Toxic-Free Tick, that do not contain xylene AKA synthetic musk. “Xylene is irritating to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. It can cause systemic toxicity by ingestion or inhalation. The most common route of exposure is via inhalation” - ATSDR Agency For Toxic Substances.
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 is 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 EXPERTS SAY
NICNAS no restrictions for use in Australia.
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.
"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.
RESOURCES & RECOMMENDED ARTICLES:
NCBI Health Hazards of Xylene: A Literature Review; "Prolonged exposure to xylene leads to significant amount of solvent accumulation in the adipose and muscle tissue. " and "Studies have shown that xylene is well-absorbed by the inhalational, oral and to some extent by the dermal route. "
"Classified as toxic or harmful (only for products for use on skin; products that may be aerosolized (airborne))" - EWG EuropeanUnion