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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, and ROSE APPLE LEAF EXTRACT BG-30

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

Common concerns

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  • 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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foundation1094 products
concealer658 products
mask638 products
facial moisturizer/treatment520 products
serums & essences331 products
daily use with SPF300 products
moisturizer290 products
facial cleanser218 products
mascara209 products
eye liner168 products
around-eye cream160 products
conditioner148 products
lipstick140 products
makeup primer134 products
CC cream133 products
toners/astringents129 products
brow liner122 products
hair treatment/serum122 products
shampoo114 products
exfoliant/scrub98 products
recreational sunscreen91 products
BB cream89 products
blush85 products
bronzer/highlighter80 products
eye shadow68 products
setting powder/spray62 products
lip gloss60 products
makeup remover59 products
hand cream58 products
hair styling aide53 products
hand sanitizer47 products
45 products
body firming lotion41 products
anti-aging40 products
nail polish40 products
hair color and bleaching39 products
lip plumper37 products
styling gel/lotion37 products
body wash/cleanser34 products
sunless tanning28 products
lip balm27 products
body spray26 products
lip liner19 products
hair spray18 products
foot moisturizer16 products
eyelash glue16 products
pore strips15 products
skin fading/lightener14 products
after shave13 products
shaving cream (men's)12 products
styling mousse/foam12 products
foot cleansing10 products
facial powder10 products
detangler9 products
nail treatment8 products
liquid hand soap8 products
beard care8 products
eye makeup remover7 products
oil controller7 products
other eye makeup7 products
baby sunscreen7 products
glitter7 products
cuticle treatment6 products
damaged skin treatment6 products
fragrance for men6 products
baby shampoo5 products
antiperspirant/deodorant5 products
bar soap3 products
baby lotion3 products
shaving cream3 products
baby soap3 products
muscle/joint soreness3 products
fragrance for women3 products
after sun product3 products
polish remover3 products
baby wipes3 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)2 products
bath oil/salts/soak2 products
hair-loss treatment2 products
tanning oil2 products
body oil2 products
bubble bath2 products
beard oil2 products
beard cleanser2 products
depilatory1 products
mouthwash1 products
lip balm with SPF1 products
body powder1 products
body art1 products
foot odor control1 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

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

Ecotoxicology

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

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

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

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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.

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