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TRIETHYLENE GLYCOL


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Health Concerns of the Ingredient:
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Cancer
 
 
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Allergies & immunotoxicity
 
 

About TRIETHYLENE GLYCOL: Triethylene Glycol is an aliphatic alcohol.

Function(s): Fragrance Ingredient; Viscosity Decreasing Agent; MASKING; SOLVENT; VISCOSITY CONTROLLING

Synoym(s): 2,2'- (ETHYLENEDIOXY) DIETHANOL; 2,2'- [1,2-ETHANEDIYLBIS (OXY) ] BIS- ETHANOL; 2,2'- [1,2-ETHANEDIYLBIS (OXY) ] BISETHANOL; ETHANOL, 2,2 [1,2ETHANEDIYLBIS (OXY) ] BIS; ETHANOL, 2,2'- [1,2-ETHANEDIYLBIS (OXY) ] BIS-; TRIETHYLENEGLYCOL; 1,2-BIS (2-HYDROXYETHOXY) ETHANE; 2,2'- (1,2-ETHANEDIYLBIS (OXY) ) BISETHANOL; 2,2'-ETHYLENEDIOXYBIS (ETHANOL) ; 2,2'-ETHYLENEDIOXYDIETHANOL; 2,2'-ETHYLENEDIOXYETHANOL

Use restrictions

Concern Reference
Violation of industry recommendations - Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Not safe for use on injured or damaged skin (only for products for use on damaged skin)Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

Concern Reference
Classified as expected to be toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

Concern Reference
Missing safety data noted by cosmetic industry reviewCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
2,146 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical see search results ->NLM PubMed

Data Sources

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.
IFRA (International Fragrance Assocication). 2010. IFRA Fragrance Ingredient List based on 2008 Use Survey. Accessed online 01/04/2010: http://www.ifraorg.org/Home/News/Latest-News/page.aspx/66?xf_itemId=43&xf_selectionDatapartId=25
NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

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