Survey of chemical substances in consumer products no. 78, 2006

Survey and health assessment of chemical substances in massage oils

The survey has identified 28 typical massage, baby and body oils as well as essential oils and the content of chemical substances investigated. Chemical analysis for selected chemical substances was conducted on 16product. Among other things the analysis showed that 15 of the products contain one or more sensitizing fragrances. Safety/toxicological profiles were prepared for the substances benzylcinnamate, cinnamal, citral, citronellol and Peru balm, which were all present in one or more of the analysed products. In addition, safety/toxicological profiles from previå surveys have been used for assessment of user exposure. The result of the exposureassesments showed among other things that the largest concentration of fragrance allergens is to be found in products for adults and perfumed massage oils for adults should not be used on babies. There is no lower concentration limit concerning the sensitizing effects of the substances. Consequently, several of the products in the survey might present a risk of developing allergy in consumers who are especially sensitive. Likewise there a risk that consumers with perfume allergies might experience irritation, eczema or the likes when using the products.

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