Other ConcernsUse restrictions (high), Neurotoxicity (low), Endocrine disruption (low), Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate), and Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
Unacceptable: EWG VERIFIED products cannot contain this ingredient
Cetrimonium chloride is a quaternary ammonium compound used as a preservative.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
HIGHAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|hair treatment/serum||293 products|
|hair styling aide||137 products|
|hair color and bleaching||89 products|
|styling gel/lotion||41 products|
|liquid hand soap||38 products|
|styling mousse/foam||36 products|
|hair spray||35 products|
|body wash/cleanser||27 products|
|beard care||9 products|
|hand sanitizer||6 products|
|beard cleanser||6 products|
|facial cleanser||5 products|
|hair relaxer||3 products|
|makeup remover||2 products|
|hair-loss treatment||2 products|
|body cleansing wipes||2 products|
|hair removal waxes||1 products|
|serums & essences||1 products|
|foot cleansing||1 products|
|baby shampoo||1 products|
|body spray||1 products|
|sunless tanning||1 products|
|shaving cream||1 products|
|eye makeup remover||1 products|
|facial moisturizer/treatment||1 products|
|Known human any toxicant or allergen||Open scientific literature|
|Human skin toxicant or allergen - strong evidence||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|Human any toxicant or allergen - strong evidence||Open scientific literature|
|Possible human any toxicant or allergen||Open scientific literature|
|Violation of government restrictions - Restricted in cosmetics; use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - any||Open scientific literature|
|Determined safe for use in cosmetics, subject to concentration or use limitations - Safe for use in cosmetics with some qualifications||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Possible human any toxicant||Open scientific literature|
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|One or more in vitro tests on mammalian cells demonstrate neurotoxicity||Open scientific literature|
Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
|any irritation - weight of evidence unknown/unassessed||Open scientific literature|
|One or more animal studies show any effects at moderate doses||Open scientific literature|
|Associated with endocrine disruption||Open scientific literature|
|Suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|2042 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM 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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