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Butylene Glycol

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Other Concerns

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

SYNONYMS

● 1,3-BUTANEDIOL
● 1,3-BUTYLENE GLYCOL
● 1,3-DIHYDROXYBUTANE
● 1,3BUTANEDIOL
● 3-HYDROXY-1-BUTANOL
● ACEROLA EXTRACT BG-25
● BUTANE-1,3-DIOL
● BUTYLENE GLYCOL
● DIOSCOREA COMPOSITA EXTRACT BG
● PHYTO COLLAGE BD-II
● QUILLAJA EXTRACT BG
● ROSE APPLE LEAF EXTRACT BG-30

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


Butylene glycol (1.3-Butanediol) is a small organic alcohol used as solvent and conditioning agent.

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

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Products with this Ingredient

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foundation1127 products
concealer661 products
mask629 products
facial moisturizer/treatment564 products
serums & essences381 products
moisturizer317 products
eye liner234 products
around-eye cream230 products
daily use with SPF229 products
conditioner226 products
shampoo210 products
mascara202 products
facial cleanser197 products
lipstick183 products
hair treatment/serum180 products
CC cream158 products
brow liner140 products
hair styling aide128 products
toners/astringents117 products
makeup primer115 products
eye shadow112 products
exfoliant/scrub106 products
blush98 products
bronzer/highlighter85 products
lip gloss82 products
BB cream75 products
recreational sunscreen73 products
setting powder/spray63 products
anti-aging61 products
nail polish60 products
hand cream52 products
makeup remover50 products
body spray49 products
lip balm49 products
hair color and bleaching49 products
styling gel/lotion47 products
lip plumper46 products
body wash/cleanser45 products
hair spray39 products
39 products
sunless tanning29 products
body firming lotion26 products
eyelash glue26 products
hand sanitizer24 products
bar soap21 products
after shave20 products
pore strips17 products
antiperspirant/deodorant17 products
skin fading/lightener15 products
foot moisturizer14 products
styling mousse/foam14 products
facial cleansing wipes13 products
foot cleansing10 products
other eye makeup10 products
nail treatment9 products
lip liner9 products
glitter9 products
eye makeup remover8 products
facial powder8 products
cuticle treatment7 products
makeup removing wipes7 products
baby lotion6 products
shaving cream6 products
fragrance for women6 products
detangler6 products
foot odor control6 products
baby shampoo5 products
bath oil/salts/soak5 products
after sun product5 products
liquid hand soap5 products
fragrance for men5 products
body art5 products
baby soap4 products
tanning oil4 products
beard care4 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)3 products
shaving cream (men's)3 products
body oil3 products
damaged skin treatment3 products
polish remover3 products
baby wipes3 products
body cleansing wipes3 products
beard cleanser3 products
hair-loss treatment2 products
baby sunscreen2 products
depilatory1 products
hair removal waxes1 products
bubble bath1 products
mouthwash1 products
beard oil1 products

Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Human any irritant - strong evidenceCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

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

Ecotoxicology

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

Multiple, additive exposure sources

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Food Additive Status
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in foodFDA Everything Added to Food

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

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmfulEnvironment Canada Domestic Substance List

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
  • 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.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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