Chromium Oxide Greens

What Is It?

Chromium Oxide Greens is a green pigment. In cosmetics and personal care products, Chromium Oxide Greens is used in the formulation of makeup, hair coloring products, cleansing products, bath products, nail polish and skin care products.

Why Is It Used?

Chromium Oxide Greens imparts a color to cosmetics and personal care products.

Scientific Facts

Chromium Oxide Greens is synthesized from mineral sources. Color additives are classified as straight colors, lakes, and mixtures. Straight colors are color additives that have not been mixed or chemically reacted with any other substance. Chromium Oxide Greens is a straight color.

Safety Information

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists Chromium Oxide Greens as a color additive exempt from certification. Chromium Oxide Greens is safe for use in externally applied cosmetics and personal care products, including products intended for use in the area of the eye, when it conforms to FDA specifications. The FDA also permits the use of Chromium Oxide Greens as a colorant for polymers with incidental contact with food at a level not to exceed 5% by weight of the polymer. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) has deferred evaluation of this ingredient because the safety has been assessed by FDA. This deferral of review is according to the provisions of the CIR Procedures.

All color additives used in foods, drugs and cosmetics in the United States must be approved by FDA and listed in the Code of Federal Regulations. In some cases, FDA requires that each batch of color produced for use in regulated products can be used only if it is certified by the agency to meet strict specifications. FDA maintains a laboratory especially for this purpose and color manufacturers must pay a fee to support this activity. FDA only approves colors after extensive review of all safety data and publication of the basis for its approval in the Federal Register.

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Link to FDA Code of Federal Regulations for Chromium Oxide Greens

Chromium Oxide Greens is listed as CI 77288 in the Cosmetics Directive of the European Union and may be used as a colouring agent in all cosmetics and personal care products when it is free from chromate ions. When used in cosmetic products in the European Union, this ingredient must be called CI 77288.

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More Scientific Information

Chromium Oxide Greens is principally chromic sesquioxide (Cr2O3). In cosmetics and personal care products, Chromium Oxide Greens functions as a colorant.


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