Violet oil and your health

Learn about violet oil, its potential health risks and how to reduce your exposure

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About violet oil

Violet oil is extracted from the violet plant and is known as an essential oil. It can occur naturally in food and may be used as a food-flavouring agent. It's also used as a fragrance ingredient in a variety of products available to consumers, such as:

Violet oil can be purchased as an essential oil at a concentration of up to 100%. It may be used by consumers as an ingredient in do-it-yourself (DIY) products and applications at home.

Violet oil may also be called:

Safety of violet oil

Under Canada's Chemicals Management Plan, we review and manage the potential risks that chemical substances can pose to people in Canada and the environment. The first stage of the review process is a draft chemical risk assessment.
We have completed the draft assessment of violet oil. We're proposing that violet oil may be harmful to human health when used in certain products that are inhaled or applied to the skin, including:

We're also proposing that:

What we're doing to reduce your exposure to violet oil

Our assessment is not yet final. We're continuing to evaluate the potential risk posed by violet oil before we publish our final conclusion. This includes:

If the proposed findings for this substance are confirmed in the final assessment, we will consider:

You can provide any comments on our draft assessment during the 60-day public comment period.

What you can do to reduce your exposure to violet oil

You can take steps to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals.

Limit your use of violet oil in massage oils and DIY products and applications that are inhaled.

Read product labels and follow all safety warnings and directions:

If you're unsure if your product contains violet oil, contact the manufacturer.

If you're exposed to violet oil at work, talk to your employer and occupational health and safety (OHS) official about:

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