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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, and UNIOX A

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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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conditioner1153 products
moisturizer794 products
facial moisturizer/treatment562 products
hair treatment/serum370 products
hair color and bleaching352 products
mask329 products
hair styling aide244 products
hand cream240 products
daily use with SPF233 products
recreational sunscreen213 products
around-eye cream139 products
facial cleanser120 products
exfoliant/scrub107 products
body firming lotion95 products
baby lotion93 products
styling gel/lotion83 products
serums & essences75 products
shampoo66 products
mascara65 products
lipstick46 products
concealer45 products
anti-aging43 products
detangler43 products
foot moisturizer41 products
antiperspirant/deodorant40 products
sunless tanning39 products
foundation35 products
beard care35 products
baby sunscreen32 products
makeup remover27 products
brow liner27 products
shaving cream24 products
muscle/joint soreness22 products
body wash/cleanser19 products
after shave18 products
lip balm18 products
makeup primer18 products
bronzer/highlighter18 products
BB cream18 products
bar soap13 products
13 products
shaving cream (men's)12 products
skin fading/lightener11 products
after sun product11 products
depilatory10 products
foot cleansing8 products
foot odor control7 products
nail treatment7 products
hair spray7 products
damaged skin treatment7 products
styling mousse/foam6 products
hair relaxer6 products
antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)5 products
hair-loss treatment5 products
cuticle treatment4 products
hand sanitizer4 products
lip balm with SPF4 products
toothpaste4 products
diaper cream3 products
blush3 products
liquid hand soap2 products
toners/astringents2 products
baby wipes2 products
baby soap2 products
eye makeup remover2 products
CC cream2 products
lip liner2 products
body oil2 products
depilatory (men's)1 products
eye liner1 products
oil controller1 products
baby oil1 products
lip plumper1 products
glitter1 products
bath oil/salts/soak1 products
eye shadow1 products
hair removal waxes1 products
mouthwash1 products
body spray1 products
baby shampoo1 products
beard cleanser1 products
baby bubble bath1 products
beard oil1 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

Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)

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

Persistence and bioaccumulation

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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
  • 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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