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Data: Fair

Cetrimonium Chloride

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Use restrictions (low)

SYNONYMS

1-HEXADECANAMINIUM, N,N,N-TRIMETHYL-, CHLORIDE, 1HEXADECANAMINIUM, N,N,NTRIMETHYL, CHLORIDE, CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, CETYL TRIMETHYL AMMONIUM CHLORIDE, CHLORIDE 1-HEXADECANAMINIUM, N,N,N-TRIMETHYL-, HEXADECYLTRIMETHYLAMMONIUM CHLORIDE, N,N,N-TRIMETHYL- CHLORIDE 1-HEXADECANAMINIUM, and N,N,N-TRIMETHYL-1-HEXADECANAMINIUM CHLORIDE

Unacceptable

Unacceptable: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient


Cetrimonium chloride is a quaternary ammonium compound used as a preservative.

Common concerns

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  • LOW
    Cancer
  • HIGH
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • LOW
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient concerns

  • CONCERNS
  • DATA SOURCES

Products with this Ingredient

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conditioner636 products
hair treatment/serum244 products
shampoo201 products
hair color and bleaching106 products
hair styling aide90 products
mask63 products
liquid hand soap56 products
detangler53 products
styling gel/lotion28 products
hair spray27 products
styling mousse/foam22 products
body wash/cleanser20 products
hand sanitizer9 products
exfoliant/scrub7 products
moisturizer7 products
beard care6 products
beard cleanser5 products
4 products
facial cleanser4 products
toners/astringents2 products
bar soap2 products
daily use with SPF1 products
hair removal waxes1 products
serums & essences1 products
beard oil1 products
hair relaxer1 products
sunless tanning1 products
facial moisturizer/treatment1 products
foot cleansing1 products
body spray1 products

Allergies/immunotoxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
Known human any toxicant or allergenOpen scientific literature
Human skin toxicant or allergen - strong evidenceCosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments
Human any toxicant or allergen - strong evidenceOpen scientific literature

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

Developmental/reproductive toxicity

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CONCERN REFERENCE
One or more animal studies show any effects at moderate dosesOpen scientific literature

Ecotoxicology

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CONCERN REFERENCE
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
2042 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemicalNLM PubMed
  • Open scientific/peer reviewed literature
  • 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.

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