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OCTOXYNOL-3


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Health Concerns of the Ingredient:
Overall Hazard
 
 
Cancer
 
 
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
 
 
 

About OCTOXYNOL-3: Octoxynol-3 is an ethoxylated alkyl phenol.

Function(s): Surfactant - Emulsifying Agent

Synoym(s): 2- [2- [2- (OCTYLPHENOXY) ETHOXY] ETHOXY] - ETHANOL; 2- [2- [2- (OCTYLPHENOXY) ETHOXY] ETHOXY] ETHANOL; ETHANOL, 2- [2- [2- (OCTYLPHENOXY) ETHOXY] ETHOXY] -; PEG-3 OCTYL PHENYL ETHER; POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (3) OCTYL PHENYL ETHER; POLYOXYETHYLENE (3) OCTYL PHENYL ETHER; TRIETHYLENE GLYCOL OCTYLPHENYL ETHER

Allergies/immunotoxicity

Concern Reference
Human skin toxicant or allergen - strong evidenceCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Use restrictions

Concern Reference
Recommended restricted in cosmetics - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Product type restrictions or differences noted in safety assessment by industry panelCosmetic 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

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
Safety assessment was based on related chemicalCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
1 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
C9 PHENOLS
Data: None

Data Sources

CIR
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.

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