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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
● SD ALCOHOL 1

This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Skin Deep Restricted or Unacceptable Lists.


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 Reproductive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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fragrance for women334 products
body spray237 products
hair spray234 products
shampoo214 products
foundation188 products
nail polish164 products
recreational sunscreen158 products
fragrance for men149 products
mascara123 products
hair styling aide114 products
antiperspirant/deodorant94 products
facial moisturizer/treatment91 products
hair treatment/serum89 products
mask87 products
concealer78 products
serums & essences74 products
moisturizer64 products
eye shadow56 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)50 products
eye liner49 products
brow liner49 products
toners/astringents43 products
setting powder/spray43 products
conditioner39 products
hand sanitizer34 products
daily use with SPF33 products
styling gel/lotion30 products
facial cleanser25 products
lipstick25 products
makeup primer24 products
sunless tanning23 products
eyelash glue22 products
after shave21 products
nail treatment21 products
BB cream21 products
body wash/cleanser20 products
after sun product16 products
baby sunscreen16 products
hair color and bleaching15 products
around-eye cream15 products
bronzer/highlighter15 products
exfoliant/scrub14 products
anti-aging13 products
mouthwash12 products
body firming lotion12 products
blush9 products
body cleansing wipes9 products
tanning oil8 products
pore strips8 products
styling mousse/foam7 products
liquid hand soap6 products
hand cream5 products
makeup remover5 products
body oil5 products
foot cleansing5 products
muscle/joint soreness5 products
detangler4 products
polish remover4 products
baby oil4 products
lip gloss3 products
damaged skin treatment3 products
3 products
bar soap3 products
beard care3 products
body powder3 products
foot odor control2 products
foot moisturizer2 products
bath oil/salts/soak2 products
lip balm2 products
glitter2 products
hair-loss treatment1 products
shaving cream (men's)1 products
shaving cream1 products
baby wipes1 products
depilatory1 products
facial powder1 products
CC cream1 products
baby shampoo1 products
makeup removing wipes1 products
nail glue1 products
hair perm1 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
Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - anyOpen scientific literature
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

Informational

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - anyOpen scientific literature
  • 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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