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Data: Fair

Alcohol Denatured

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Other Concerns

Enhanced skin absorption, Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), and Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)

SYNONYMS

ALCOHOL DENAT., ALCOHOL DENATURED, ALCOHOL, COMPLETELY DENATURED, DENATURED ALCOHOL, DESIGNATED BY THE GOVERNMENT, DENATURED ALCOHOL, NOT DESIGNATED BY THE GOVERNMENT, DESIGNATED BY THE GOVERNMENT DENATURED ALCOHOL, NOT DESIGNATED BY THE GOVERNMENT DENATURED ALCOHOL, and SD ALCOHOL 1

Denatured alcohol is a mixture of ethanol (ethyl alcohol) with a denaturing agent. Ethanol is considered broadly toxic and linked to birth defects following excessive oral ingestion. Potential risks from ethanol in personal care products are significantly smaller than the health risks posed by the consumption of alcohol.

Common concerns

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  • LOW
    Cancer
  • LOW
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reingredientive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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fragrance for women324 products
body spray214 products
recreational sunscreen165 products
foundation162 products
shampoo162 products
fragrance for men129 products
mask119 products
hair spray115 products
mascara106 products
facial moisturizer/treatment98 products
antiperspirant/deodorant74 products
concealer74 products
serums & essences74 products
nail polish62 products
hair color and bleaching55 products
eye liner53 products
daily use with SPF53 products
setting powder/spray51 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)43 products
brow liner43 products
moisturizer42 products
toners/astringents41 products
hair styling aide40 products
lipstick39 products
hair treatment/serum39 products
hand sanitizer34 products
conditioner32 products
facial cleanser31 products
around-eye cream29 products
makeup primer27 products
sunless tanning26 products
eye shadow26 products
BB cream20 products
baby sunscreen20 products
exfoliant/scrub16 products
styling gel/lotion14 products
body wash/cleanser14 products
anti-aging13 products
after shave12 products
body firming lotion12 products
lip gloss12 products
eyelash glue11 products
bronzer/highlighter11 products
after sun product11 products
glitter10 products
tanning oil10 products
liquid hand soap9 products
makeup remover7 products
nail treatment7 products
foot cleansing7 products
styling mousse/foam6 products
6 products
foot moisturizer5 products
polish remover5 products
muscle/joint soreness5 products
bath oil/salts/soak4 products
bar soap4 products
pore strips4 products
beard care4 products
mouthwash3 products
detangler3 products
blush3 products
body powder3 products
hand cream2 products
oil controller2 products
body oil2 products
lip balm2 products
baby wipes2 products
damaged skin treatment2 products
foot odor control1 products
shaving cream (men's)1 products
tooth whitening1 products
lip liner1 products
CC cream1 products
beard cleanser1 products

Enhanced skin absorption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Penetration enhancerOpen scientific literature

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as expected to be toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Classified as medium human health priorityEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
Limited evidence of sense organ toxicityScorecard.org Toxicity Information

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Used in food or as an additive with limited or no toxicity information availableFDA Everything Added to Food
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Insufficient data to determine safetyCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
78649 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Miscellaneous

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Occupational hazards related to handlingCPS&Q - Classification & Labelling

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • ED (Environmental Defense). 2006. Scorecard _ The Pollution Information Site. http://www.scorecard.org.
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration). 2008. EAFUS [Everything Added to Food]: A Food Additive Database. FDA Office of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
  • FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) 2006. Food Additive Status List. Downloaded from http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/%7Edms/opa-appa.html, Oct 16, 2006.
  • 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.
  • CPS&Q (Consumer Products Safety & Quality) formely known as ECB (European Chemicals Bureau). 2008. Classification and Labelling: Chemicals: Annex VI of Directive 67/548/EEC through the 31st ATP.

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED™ mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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Data availability

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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