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Cetearyl Alcohol

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SYNONYMS

● (C16-C18) ALKYL ALCOHOL; (C16-C18)-ALKYL ALCOHOL
● 1-OCTADECANOL, MIXT. WITH 1-HEXADECANOL
● ALCOHOLS, C16-18
● ALCOHOLS, C1618
● C16-18 ALCOHOLS
● CETEARYL ALCOHOL
● CETOSTEARYL ALCOHOL
● CETYL/STEARYL ALCOHOL
● MIXT. WITH 1-HEXADECANOL 1-OCTADECANOL
● UNIOX A

Restricted

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


Cetearyl Alcohol is a mixture of cetyl and stearyl alcohols that can come from vegetable or synthetic sources.

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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conditioner1322 products
moisturizer868 products
facial moisturizer/treatment657 products
hair treatment/serum401 products
hair color and bleaching399 products
mask335 products
hair styling aide299 products
hand cream259 products
recreational sunscreen204 products
daily use with SPF158 products
around-eye cream155 products
facial cleanser116 products
styling gel/lotion111 products
exfoliant/scrub110 products
shampoo99 products
serums & essences93 products
baby lotion83 products
body firming lotion67 products
antiperspirant/deodorant67 products
mascara66 products
foundation48 products
anti-aging46 products
brow liner46 products
detangler45 products
sunless tanning35 products
foot moisturizer34 products
concealer33 products
lipstick28 products
BB cream26 products
body wash/cleanser25 products
shaving cream24 products
baby sunscreen24 products
makeup remover21 products
beard care21 products
depilatory19 products
after shave19 products
lip balm19 products
bar soap18 products
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hair spray14 products
skin fading/lightener13 products
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shaving cream (men's)10 products
foot odor control9 products
styling mousse/foam9 products
lip liner9 products
after sun product8 products
nail treatment8 products
hair-loss treatment8 products
damaged skin treatment8 products
bronzer/highlighter7 products
lip balm with SPF7 products
cuticle treatment6 products
fragrance for women5 products
liquid hand soap5 products
blush5 products
toothpaste5 products
body cleansing wipes5 products
foot cleansing4 products
diaper cream4 products
hair relaxer4 products
makeup removing wipes4 products
hand sanitizer3 products
toners/astringents3 products
body oil3 products
eye liner2 products
tanning oil2 products
baby oil2 products
glitter2 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)2 products
baby soap2 products
eye makeup remover2 products
hair removal waxes2 products
baby shampoo2 products
depilatory (men's)1 products
oil controller1 products
lip plumper1 products
baby wipes1 products
bath oil/salts/soak1 products
eye shadow1 products
CC cream1 products
body spray1 products
baby bubble bath1 products
beard oil1 products
hair perm1 products
exfoliant/scrub - large particle1 products
nail glue1 products

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Suspected to be an environmental toxinEnvironment 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
62 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed

Informational

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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
  • 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.

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