Structural formula of lithium


What is it?

“Lithium hydroxide is an inorganic compound with the formula LiOH. It is a white hygroscopic crystalline material.” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This substance belongs to the groups:

Lithium hydroxide is restricted for use in cosmetics in the European Union by CosIng. CosIng is the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have registered that the substance “causes severe skin burns and eye damage, is harmful if swallowed and causes serious eye damage,”

The government of Canada writes about lithium hydroxide that “even if the quantity of a substance in use is below the threshold quantity indicated in the Environmental Emergency Regulations, Environment Canada recommends that emergency planning be applied to this substance in order to minimize, or prevent, any impacts on humans or the environment in the event of a release of the substance.”

How is it used?

In cosmetics*, lithium hydroxide can be found in products like hair waving products, shaving products, cleansing products, and straightening products. But the substance has widespread other usage, and it can for example be found in batteries, ceramics and greases.

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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