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What is it?

“Carbon black (subtypes are acetylene black, channel black, furnace black, lamp black and thermal black) is a material produced by the incomplete combustion of heavy petroleum products such as FCC tar, coal tar, ethylene cracking tar, and a small amount from vegetable oil.” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This ingredient belongs to the groups:

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (previously the Breast Cancer Fund) list carbon black as a substance that possibly causes cancer and organ system toxicity. Carbon Black is on their Red List.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) identifies that the substance is “suspected of causing cancer.”

How is it used?

Carbon black is used as a black pigment in food coloring, food and beverage packaging and in cosmetics ⋆. In cosmetics, carbon black is used in its form of dark black powder. I can be found in a wide range of products, such as mascara, rouge, eyeliner, nail polish, lipstick, and foundation. The substance can also be found as filler in various electronic components.

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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