What is it?

2,4-Hexadienal, also known as sorbaldehyde, has the chemical formula C6H8O.

What are the effects?

This substance belongs to the group:

The chemical sorbaldehyde is on the Red List* from Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (previously the Breast Cancer Fund). They have found evidence for that the substance is possibly causing cancer.

*  “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?

Sorbaldehyde is used in cosmetic products* such as fragrances, anti-wrinkle/anti-aging products, skin moisturizers, and sunscreens.

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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