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Data: Limited

Ceteareth 12

  • Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met the program’s impurity and use restrictions based on EWG's review of the company's data.

Other Concerns

Enhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (low), and Contamination concerns (high)

SYNONYMS

ALCOHOLS, C1618, ETHOXYLATED, ALIPHATIC (C16-C18)ALCOHOL, ETHOXYLATED; (C16-C18) ALKYL ALCOHOL ETHOXYLATE; (C16-C18) ALKYL ALCOHOL ETHOXYLATE; (C16-C18)ALKYL ALCOHOL ETHOXYLATE; (C16-C18)ALKYL ALCOHOL, ETHOXYLATE; (C16-C18) FATTY, CETEARETH-12, PEG-12 CETYL/STEARYL ETHER, POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 600 CETYL/STEARYL ETHER, and POLYOXYETHYLENE (12) CETYL/STEARYL ETHER

Ceteareth-12 is a polyethylene glycol ether of Cetearyl Alcohol (q.v.).

Common concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • 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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makeup remover23 products
facial cleanser17 products
bronzer/highlighter7 products
facial moisturizer/treatment7 products
mask4 products
baby wipes4 products
exfoliant/scrub3 products
recreational sunscreen3 products
moisturizer2 products
eye makeup remover2 products
conditioner2 products
setting powder/spray1 products
1 products
after shave1 products
daily use with SPF1 products
body spray1 products
serums & essences1 products
hand sanitizer1 products
body wash/cleanser1 products
anti-aging1 products
foundation1 products

Contamination concerns

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Enhanced skin absorption

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Penetration enhancerCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

Use restrictions

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualificationsCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments

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

Data gaps

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CONCERN REFERENCE
2 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
  • EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
  • NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.

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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