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LAURETH-7


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About LAURETH-7: Laureth-7 is a polyethylene glycol-based surfactant; may contain potentially toxic impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.

Function(s): Surfactant - Emulsifying Agent

Synonym(s): 3,6,9,12,15,18,21-HEPTAOXATRITRIACONTAN-1-OL; 3,6,9,12,15,18,21-HEPTAOXATRITRIACONTANOL; HEPTAETHYLENEGLYCOL DODECYLETHER; HYPTAETHYLENE GLYCOL DODECYL ETHER; LAURYL ALCOHOL HEXA (OXYETHYLENE) ETHANOL; PEG-7 LAURYL ETHER; POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (7) LAURYL ETHER; POLYOXYETHYLENE (7) LAURYL ETHER

Use restrictions

Concern Reference
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Data gaps

Concern Reference
4 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical see search results ->NLM PubMed

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.
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

About the ratings

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