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SC Johnson maintains a list of ingredients that are not allowed. This list is termed the “Restricted Use” list. It includes over 200 unique raw materials in roughly 90 material categories, and over 2,400 fragrance materials. 

These materials all meet legal and regulatory requirements — and are often used by our competitors. But they simply do not meet SC Johnson standards.

Some ingredients get on the list pretty quickly, such as PVCs. Others require more extensive assessment related to potential exposure and risk considerations for products. The Restricted Use list is reviewed regularly to ensure it captures any new science or changes in government policies or regulations. 

While we work to avoid Restricted Use materials in SC Johnson products, occasionally situations arise where we cannot avoid them. This is typically because there isn’t an available alternative that delivers the same performance or meets requirements for the manufacturing process, or because available options are too cost restrictive.

In these very few cases, an exception to continue using the material may be granted, but these exceptions are rare and are reviewed every two years at the highest level of the organization.
  • 1,1,1-Trichloroethane
  • 2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE)
  • 5-chloro-2-methyl-2H-isothiazol -3-one & 2-methyl-2H-isothiazol -3-one (3:1 mixture) > 15 ppm total active ingredients in liquid products, or > 50 ppm in solids
  • Alkyl phenol ethoxylates (APEs)
  • Alkyl phenols (APs)
  • Arsenic
  • Benzene
  • Benzidine-based dyes
  • Bisphenol A (BPA)
  • Borates, boric acid
  • Butylbenzylphthalate (BBP)
  • Butyl cellosolve (EGBE, 2be)
  • Carbaryl
  • Certain brominated flame retardants including PBBs, penta-PBDE, octa-PBDE, deca-PBDE
  • Chlorinated paraffins
  • Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
  • Chlorpyrifos
  • Chromium salts, with the exception of insoluble metallic forms
  • C.I. Solvent Blue 36
  • C.I. Solvent Red 24
  • C.I. Solvent Yellow 14
  • D&C RED #28
  • Di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Dichlorvos (DDVP)
  • Diethyl phthalate (DEP)
  • Epichlorhydrin
  • Ethyl acrylate
  • Ethylbenzene
  • Ethylene glycol monoethyl and monomethyl ether
  • Ethylene glycol monoethyl and monomethyl ether acetates
  • Fenitrothion
  • Formaldehyde
  • Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)
  • Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)
  • Lead
  • Malathion
  • Methyl bromide
  • Methylene chloride
  • Mercury and mercury- containing compounds
  • Multiple materials that are perfluorinated or highly fluorinated, including PTFEs (e.g. Teflon), Zonyls, perfluorinated acrylate esters, perfluorinated alcohols, and perfluorinated alkanes
  • Naphthalene
  • N-hexane
  • N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone
  • Nickel and nickel compounds
  • Nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) and its salts
  • Nitro musks
  • Nylar
  • Octachlorodipropylether
  • o-Dichlorobenzene
  • p-Dichlorobenzene
  • Palm oil that's not sustainably sourced
  • Perchloroethylene
  • Perfluorooctane sulfonate and any PFOS chemistry, i.e., fluorads, Sulfluramid, LPOS
  • Permethrin
  • Plastic microbeads
  • Phosphates > 0.1% (as P); > 0.5% (as P) for non-cleaning products (not designed for down-the-drain exposure), with the exception of insoluble zinc compounds or metallic forms
  • Phoxim
  • Phthalates including but not limited to BBP, DEHP, DBP and DEP
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC)
  • Propoxur
  • Propylene glycol mono-t-butyl ether
  • Sodium nitrite > 0.3%; total nitrite > 0.4%
  • Styrene oxide
  • Thiourea
  • Toluene
  • Triclosan
  • Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP)
  • Tris nonylphenyl phosphite (TNPP)
  • Volatile methyl siloxanes D4, D5 and D6
  • Xylene
  • Zinc > 300 ppm, with the exception of insoluble non-relevant forms