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SODIUM LAURETH-40 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 MODERATE concerns: Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive); Other LOW concerns: Data gaps

About SODIUM LAURETH-40 SULFATE: Sodium Laureth-40 Sulfate is a sodium salt of the sulfuric acid ester of Laureth-40 (q.v.).

Function(s): Surfactant - Cleansing Agent

Synonym(s): PEG-40 LAURYL ETHER SULFATE, SODIUM SALT; POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (40) LAURYL ETHER, SODIUM SALT; POLYOXYETHYLENE (40) LAURYL ETHER, SODIUM SALT; SODIUM POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (40) LAURYL ETHER SULFATE; SODIUM POLYOXYETHYLENE (40) LAURYL ETHE R SULFATE; SODIUM SALT PEG-40 LAURYL ETHER SULFATE; SODIUM SALT POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL (40) LAURYL ETHER; SODIUM SALT POLYOXYETHYLENE (40) LAURYL ETHER

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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

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

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.
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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