What is it?

“Benzyl chloride, or α-chlorotoluene, is an organic compound with the formula C6H5CH2Cl. This colourless liquid is a reactive organochlorine compound that is a widely used chemical building block.” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This substance belongs to the groups:

The chemical benzyl chloride, Benzyl chloride (aka. α- chlorotoluene and chloromethylbenzene) is on the Red List* of Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (previously the Breast Cancer Fund). They classify the substance as a probable carcinogen.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) identifies that this substance “is toxic if inhaled, may cause cancer, is harmful if swallowed, causes serious eye damage, may cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure, causes skin irritation, may cause respiratory irritation, and may cause an allergic skin reaction.”

* “The Red List includes chemicals found in personal care products that pose serious, chronic health concerns including cancer, hormone disruption, and reproductive and developmental harm. The list also flags chemicals that are banned or have use restrictions by the U.S. or other world governments, ingredients that adversely impact worker health, and ingredients that are widely used in products marketed to women of color.” – Campaign for Safe Cosmetics

How is it used?

Benzyl chloride is used in cosmetic products* such as hair conditioners and hair styling products.

We use the European Commissions definition of Cosmetics:
“Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup”.

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