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AMMONIUM LAURETH SULFATE


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Health Concerns of the Ingredient:
Overall Hazard
 
 
Cancer
 
 
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
 
 
Allergies & immunotoxicity
 
 
Use restrictions
 
 
Other HIGH concerns: Contamination concerns, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps

About AMMONIUM LAURETH SULFATE: This ingredient is an ammonium salt of ethoxylated lauryl sulfate, a surfactant that contains PEG (polyethylene glycol) in its structure. May be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impur ... read more

Function(s): Surfactant - Cleansing Agent; FOAMING

Synoym(s): ALPHA-SULFO-OMEGA- (DODECYLOXY) -POLY (OXY-1,2-ETHANEDIYL) , AMMONIUM SALT; AMMONIUM LAURYL ETHER SULFATE; AMMONIUM POLYOXYETHYLENE ALKYL ETHER SULFATE (3E.O.) SOLUTION; AMMONIUM POLYOXYETHYLENE LAURYL ETHER SULFATE SOLUTION; AMMONIUM SALT PEG- (1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE; AMMONIUM SALT POLY (OXY-1,2-ETHANEDIYL) ,A -SULFO-W - (DODECYLOXY) -; AMMONIUM SALT POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE; AMMONIUM SALT POLYOXYETHYLENE (1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE; PEG- (1-4) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, AMMONIUM SALT; POLY (OXY-1,2-ETHANEDIYL) , .ALPHA.-SULFO-.OMEGA.- (DODECYLOXY) -, AMMONIUM SALT; POLY (OXY-1,2-ETHANEDIYL) ,A -SULFO-W - (DODECYLOXY) -, AMMONIUM SALT

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

Concern Reference
Human irritant - strong evidence (only for products for use around the eyes, on the skin, or may be aerosolized (airborne))Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Data gaps

Concern Reference
Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in productCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
8 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical see search results ->NLM PubMed

Ecotoxicology

Concern Reference
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

Concern Reference
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

Concern Reference
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Contamination concerns

Impurity Score
ETHYLENE OXIDE
Data: Fair
1,4-DIOXANE
Data: Fair

Data Sources

ATSDR. 2007. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: Public Health Statement for 1,4 Dioxane Available: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/phs187.html [accessed April 16 2008].
CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

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EWG provides information on personal care product ingredients from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings below indicate the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product - not the product itself - compared to other product formulations. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any. Learn more | Legal Disclaimer