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Behenyl Alcohol

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Other Concerns

Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low) and Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

SYNONYMS

1-DOCOSANOL, 1DOCOSANOL, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, and DOCOSAN-1-OL

Restricted

Restricted: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient without adequate substantiation


Behenyl alcohol is a saturated fatty alcohol as an emollient, emulsifier, and thickener.

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • 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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facial moisturizer/treatment162 products
daily use with SPF128 products
antiperspirant/deodorant123 products
recreational sunscreen119 products
moisturizer50 products
conditioner43 products
around-eye cream38 products
mask37 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)26 products
serums & essences25 products
hand cream21 products
BB cream19 products
facial cleanser18 products
anti-aging17 products
hair treatment/serum17 products
baby sunscreen16 products
lipstick11 products
eye liner10 products
body firming lotion10 products
exfoliant/scrub9 products
foundation7 products
7 products
hair styling aide6 products
foot moisturizer5 products
lip balm5 products
baby lotion4 products
shampoo4 products
foot cleansing3 products
blush3 products
makeup primer3 products
detangler2 products
setting powder/spray2 products
sunless tanning2 products
skin fading/lightener2 products
concealer2 products
styling gel/lotion2 products
CC cream2 products
lip balm with SPF1 products
shaving cream1 products
damaged skin treatment1 products
foot odor control1 products
brow liner1 products
nail treatment1 products
hair color and bleaching1 products
oil controller1 products
mascara1 products
after shave1 products

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as toxic or harmful.Open scientific literature
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Limited evidence of any irritationOpen scientific literature

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more human case studies show equivocal any or allergenic effectsOpen scientific literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Uncertain environmental toxin and uncertain persistent or bioaccumulativeEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

Data gaps

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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
58 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Not suspected to be persistentEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List
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 - anyCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • 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.

Understanding scores

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Hazard score

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