Know Your Ingredients: Chromium Hydroxide Green

by Gio

chromium hydroxide green

What it is
Chromium Hydroxide Green is a pigment derived from the metal chromium.

What it does
Chromium Hydroxide Green is used as a colouring agent to give cosmetics a green hue.

Side effects
Chromium Hydroxide Green cannot be used in lip products.


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K N February 10, 2013 - 1:26 am

I’d like to point out that it is also toxic to breathe in in large amounts

beautifulwithbrains February 10, 2013 - 10:18 pm

KN, thanks for your comment. That’s true but anything can be toxic in large amounts. Besides, that’s not a problem when it comes to cosmetics. So little is used, and you don’t really breathe it.

Makeup Morsels February 10, 2013 - 4:40 am

Interesting and informative as always! hmm do you know what they use to give green coloring to lip products then? I’m asking because of that beautiful LE mint balm from YSL, so wish that was available in the States…

beautifulwithbrains February 10, 2013 - 10:13 pm

Makeup Morsels, thanks. Usually D&C Green #6 is used in lip products. And what a shame that’s not available in the States!


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